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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    • Kerri509
    • Experience with Adenocarcinoma, Prost...
    16 days ago
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    Hormone therapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    Loss of muscle tone and strength. More emotional

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    Easy to Do: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Neutral/NA
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    • GKGKeri
    • Experience with Ovarian and Fallopian ...
    26 days ago
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    Hormone therapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    Prescribed Letrozole as my previous tumors had markers that indicated the treatment would be successful. And it was...for about 7 m...

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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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    • CMD2019
    • Experience with Invasive (Infiltrating...
    29 days ago
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    Hormone therapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    Was just prescribed Letrozole . Will start taking it once I finish radiation treatment. Was wanting feedback on when the best time o...

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    Easy to Do: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Side Effects: Not Specified
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Not Specified
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  1. about 1 month ago
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    Hormone therapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    started hormone therapy last month to see if it reduces

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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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    • deg
    • Experience with Prostate Cancer
    4 months 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...
    4 months 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...
    5 months 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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  2. 6 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
    6 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
    6 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...
    7 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
    7 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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