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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  1. 1 day ago
    hollyccarter's Avatar

    Hormone therapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    Faslodex injections to block estrogen, every month, 2 shots in the behind, very painful.

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    Easy to Do: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Agree
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    • MStar
    • Experience with Invasive (Infiltrating) ...
    9 days ago
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    Hormone therapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    So far so good - no real impact with night sweats or hot flashes - began 22DEC18.

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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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  2. 10 days ago
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    Hormone therapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    just starting tamoxifen

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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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    • RoxyMom
    • Experience with Invasive Lobular Carci...
    18 days ago
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    Hormone therapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    So far, just hot flashes. Not too bad.

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    Easy to Do: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Agree
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    • Prostate
    • Experience with Adenocarcinoma, Prost...
    20 days ago
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    Hormone therapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    I’m on Lupron. I have my share of hot flashes and the feeling of not wanting to do much . But other than that it’s not to awful .

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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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  3. 25 days ago
    wendyp1000's Avatar

    Hormone therapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    I am currently taking Megace (Megestrol) and Arimidex. I forget which is the anti-testosterone and which one is the anti-estrogen. W...

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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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  4. 26 days ago
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    Hormone therapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    Quit taking this nedicine it made me so sick all day every day so I choose not to take it even though Doctor says I need to take it ...

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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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    • LoriLynne
    • Experience with Ductal carcinoma in ...
    29 days ago
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    Hormone therapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    Just started Tamoxifen on January 12, 2019

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

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    Extreme mood swings, hot flashes and sleep issues. I'm just beginning to look into the use of essential oils to help.

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

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    Faslodex for 5 yrs. I have nerve damage in both hips from injection needles. Otherwise I did well on the actual drug

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    Easy to Do: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Disagree
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    • dmarussell
    • Experience with Invasive Lobular Ca...
    about 1 month ago
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    Hormone therapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    I am about to begin Tamoxifen. I don't know how the side effects will be for me yet.

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    Easy to Do: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Neutral/NA
    0 Comments
    • Fernie
    • Experience with Prostate Cancer
    about 1 month ago
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    Hormone therapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    My husband just had his initial hormone injection therapy on January 2nd of this year. He also started Zytiga and Prednisone pills o...

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