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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    • deg
    • Experience with Prostate Cancer
    24 days ago
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    Hormone therapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    Lupron prior to radiation - not fun 6 month shot effects ... lasted 15 months

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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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    • emprice
    • Experience with Mixed Tumors, Breast C...
    about 1 month ago
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    Hormone therapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    Started ovary suppression (Lupron) and AI (anastrozole) while waiting for surgery.

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    Easy to Do: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Agree
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    • angelap
    • Experience with Invasive (Infiltrating...
    about 1 month ago
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    Hormone therapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    I have been on Anastrozole for 1.5 years now. I have 8.5 more to go. I have experienced bone pain and joint pain but can live with...

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    Easy to Do: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Neutral/NA
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  1. 2 months ago
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    Hormone therapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    I am on letrozole with kisqali. I've been taking it for 3 years and am currently no evidence of active disease.

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    Easy to Do: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Agree
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    • KathM
    • Experience with Breast Cancer
    3 months ago
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    Hormone therapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    I am having bone pain and pain and numbness in my feet. I am on Anastrozole since 2016

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    Easy to Do: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Side Effects: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Neutral/NA
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    • Recio
    • Experience with Breast Cancer
    3 months ago
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    Hormone therapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    Faslodex injections, painful, hip joint pain

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    Easy to Do: Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
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    • Marwin
    • Experience with Adenocarcinoma, Prostat...
    4 months ago
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    Hormone therapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    ADT continues to beat me up. Side effects include terrible 2 month long headaches, dry itching skin, hot flashes, dizziness and li...

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    Easy to Do: Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
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    • marzru
    • Experience with Breast Cancer
    4 months ago
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    Hormone therapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    Began Tamoxifen hormone therapy...worked for a little over 2 years

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    Easy to Do: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
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  2. 5 months ago
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    Hormone therapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    Zoladex injection and exemestane at home to suppress estrogen. The injection hurts!

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    Easy to Do: Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Agree
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  3. 5 months ago
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    Hormone therapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    Arimidex for 2 months with few noticeable side effects; slight feeling of arthritis in one hand. Currently wearing a copper ring on...

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    Easy to Do: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Agree
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  4. 6 months ago
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    Hormone therapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    Joint pain

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    Easy to Do: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
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  5. 6 months ago
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    Hormone therapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    Wants to know if its coming back both my breast gone had 2 nobes out my left breast but just had on left

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    Easy to Do: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Agree
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