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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    • Marwin
    • Experience with Adenocarcinoma, Prostat...
    2 days 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 days 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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  1. 26 days 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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  2. about 1 month ago
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    Hormone therapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    Arimidex for 5 weeks with no noticeable side effects.

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    Easy to Do: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Agree
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  3. 2 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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  4. 2 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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    • Lmorales
    • Experience with Invasive (Infiltratin...
    3 months ago
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    Hormone therapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    I am on anastrozole for estrogen + BC. I anticipate I will be on this for 5 - 10 years. Since estrogen fuels my cancer type (kind ...

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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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  5. 3 months ago
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    Hormone therapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    I switched generic manufacturers and it made a big difference. Exercise, epsom salt baths and infrared sauna helped with the joint ...

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    Easy to Do: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
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    • jah7010
    • Experience with Inflammatory Breast Ca...
    3 months ago
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    Hormone therapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    Perjeta/Herceptin, Taxol

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

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    Began quarterly injections of Eligard (Lupron) to stop production of Testosterone from testes. For first 30 days we included Cabazi...

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

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    Just started anastrozole.

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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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    • Tanya76
    • Experience with Breast Cancer
    4 months ago
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    Hormone therapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    I have been on many diffedent hormone drugs following chemo and today. Tamoxifen, arimadex, femara, and fulvestrant. They mainly gav...

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