• Anyone with breast cancer on hormone therapy?

    Asked by Kurious on Wednesday, April 16, 2014

    Anyone with breast cancer on hormone therapy?

    8 Answers from the Community

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    • YNP's Avatar

      I had been on hormone replacement therapy for many many years but as soon as I was diagnosed I had to stop cold turkey. My breast cancer at diagnosis was stage IV. I have completed my chemo and am now on a regime every 3 weeks of herceptin and projeta along with an X-geva shot every 6 weeks. Also am taking femara. Best of luck with your treatment.

      over 5 years ago
    • DorothyV's Avatar

      Yes. I was on and off hormone replacement for ten years. As soon as I was diagnosed with breast cancer, I stopped immediately! I think they contributed to my getting breast cancer. There is no history of it in my family. Funny how I took hormone replacement and now I'm taking an AI, ARIMIDEX, so I won't have any estrogen! Good luck with everything:)

      over 5 years ago
    • Myungclas' Avatar

      No! Wouldn't that be sort of like feeding the fire? Hot flashes are a small price to pay for not worrying about recurrence.

      over 5 years ago
    • Nanwalk1's Avatar

      I am taking estrogen-blocking pills daily and receiving monthly injections of another blocker. I also get a monthly injection of Xgeva to build up my bones. My cancer had spread to my shoulder, arm & spine. I also had 10 radiation treatments. Last PET scan and markers blood test showed much improvement.

      over 5 years ago
    • copingsusan's Avatar

      I was on hormone replacement therapy for 5 years starting in 2008 after my hysterectomy. I was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2012. I stopped taking pills immediately. I had surgery, 6 rounds of chemo and 6 weeks of radiation. I don't know if HRT contributed to my cancer diagnosis, but, if I had it to do all over again, I would have suffered with the hot flashes. I would tell anyone considering HRT to try and find another alternative for managing hot flashes.

      over 5 years ago
    • ld_105's Avatar

      Yes, you try one and see if the side effects are manageable. If not there are two more to try.

      over 5 years ago
    • sme's Avatar
      sme (Best Answer!)

      Are you referring to adding estrogen or are you referring to taking and estrogen blocker? Prior to my diagnosis of breast cancer, I took hormone replacements for many years. Needless to say, with estrogen being the fuel for my cancer, the minute I was diagnosed with breast cancer, the doctor said stop taking hormone replacements immediately. As several have said above, many of us are now having to take a medication daily to stop estrogen from being produced in our bodies, so there is no fuel for any lurking cancer cells thinking of starting up. When my doc said I had to take an estrogen blocker, I asked her why, since I was no longer taking the hormone replacements and I had no ovaries either. She said that our fat cells and our adrenal glands produce estrogen. Another reason to try and keep that body fat down. And I was just thinking of having a chocolate easter egg....

      over 5 years ago
    • Nanwalk1's Avatar

      Taking the estrogen-blockers. Had stopped hormone replacement 11 years before diagnosis but had no idea estrogen was still being produced. Still have plenty of fat cells to cause trouble.

      over 5 years ago

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