Experiences with Hormone therapy

Hormone therapy is removing, blocking, or adding hormones in order to fight cancer. Hormone therapy is a form of systemic therapy, but is most often used as an adjuvant therapy after cancer treatment. Hormone therapy is most commonly used to treat breast cancer and prostate cancer. Tamoxifen (Nolvadex) is a common medication used to treat breast cancer and is taken orally. Side effects for hormone therapy for breast cancer include hot flashes, nausea and vomiting, bone pain, vaginal spotting, increased fertility in your women, and irregular periods. Side effects for hormone therapy (androgen deprivation) for prostate cancer include reduced libido, impotence (ED), brittle bones, and hot flashes.

Hormone therapy is a treatment option suggested by doctors, however the decision is often left up to the patient. Even after reading about the side effects of the treatment, many WhatNexter’s want to hear about specific experiences. A lot ask, ‘Hormone therapy or chemotherapy?’. Once women are on Tamoxifen, they have second thoughts when experiencing side effects or lifestyle changes and wonder whether or not they should stay on it. Whatever questions you may have about beginning, undergoing, or ending hormone therapy treatment, WhatNext is a great place to ask them and to get answers by gaining firsthand insights. Comment below to receive feedback from others.

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    • Kurious
    • Experience with Invasive (Infiltrating...
    9 days ago
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    Hormone therapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    Today was my first dose of Anestrozole (aka Arimadex) and I will continue to be on it for 10 years as long as I have no side effects...

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    Easy to Do: Not Specified
    Minimal Side Effects: Not Specified
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Not Specified
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    • cancer21
    • Experience with Breast Cancer
    18 days ago
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    Hormone therapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    Bone and joint pain. I feel like I am 90 years old. Also, causing depression and anxiety.

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    Easy to Do: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Disagree
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  1. about 1 month ago
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    Hormone therapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    faslodex

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    Easy to Do: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Agree
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    • Su-Su
    • Experience with Breast Cancer
    about 1 month ago
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    Hormone therapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    Taking Arimidex

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    Easy to Do: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Agree
    0 Comments
  2. about 1 month ago
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    Hormone therapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    Taking daily Tamoxifen. No side effects as of yet.

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    Easy to Do: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Agree
    0 Comments
    • Lisajean
    • Experience with Breast Cancer
    about 1 month ago
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    Hormone therapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    Faslodex injections starting November 2016

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    Easy to Do: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Agree
    2 Comments
  3. about 1 month ago
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    Hormone therapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    Started Anistozole Dec 26 2016

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    Easy to Do: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Neutral/NA
    0 Comments
    • maximom
    • Experience with Invasive Lobular Carci...
    3 months ago
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    Hormone therapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    Hot flashes up to 20 times per day. Very emotionally sensitive, and hair breakage & loss.

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    Easy to Do: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
    1 Comment
  4. 3 months ago
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    Hormone therapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    I think I'm gaining weight

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    Easy to Do: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
    1 Comment
  5. 3 months ago
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    Hormone therapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    Tamoxifin - Starting this today 11/14/2016

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    Easy to Do: Not Specified
    Minimal Side Effects: Not Specified
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Not Specified
    0 Comments
  6. 4 months ago
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    Hormone therapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    Extremely painful joint and muscle pain. Said to be RA. Taking Arimidex. My bad knee blows up double in size.

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    Easy to Do: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Disagree
    0 Comments
    • esherek
    • Experience with Breast Cancer
    4 months ago
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    Hormone therapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    exemestane Aromasin start 11/7/16

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    Easy to Do: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Side Effects: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Neutral/NA
    0 Comments
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