• At age 70 my wife was diagnosed with Breast cancer. Has had surgery and radiation. Has to decide about Hormonal therapy. Not sure to proceed

    Asked by LJ70 on Wednesday, September 19, 2012

    At age 70 my wife was diagnosed with Breast cancer. Has had surgery and radiation. Has to decide about Hormonal therapy. Not sure to proceed

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    • Tracy's Avatar

      The best thing you can do is to listen and let her know that you will support her in anything. Make sure her Dr will listen to her (many Dr's are not good at this) and that she knows she is loved and beautiful. It is so hard to feel beautiful when you are in treatment (at any age). Treatment choices are different for everyone, how they react is different. Love and laughter are the most important things you can give her.

      about 8 years ago
    • lynn1950's Avatar

      We all react differently to hormonal therapy. Joint aches, pains and stiffness seem to be the most common complains. These are managed mostly with gentle exercise (movement) like walking and swimming and yoga. The effect of taking Arimidex on the chances of long term survival can be compellingly significant. Having all the facts is important.

      Of course, this is your wife's decision. Your support means so much!

      about 8 years ago
    • workit's Avatar

      Can her oncologist consider exercise rather than hormonal therapy?

      a few references:

      http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22614972 (abstract)

      http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21903887 (abstract)

      http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3176403/ (full article)

      http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2849767/ (full article)

      and a related article: http://jama.jamanetwork.com/article.aspx?articleid=200955 (full article)

      about 8 years ago
    • SandiD's Avatar

      You might look at www.breastcancer.org. This is an excellent site. You are talking about aromatase inhibitors. I am taking them. Most of us experience side effects. These are meant to keep us from producing any estrogen. If she is ER positive, estrogen would feed the growth of any remaining cancer cells. It is a tough call at her age. There are 3 types of aromatase inhibitors, and one may have less side effects than another for her. I switched from Arimidex to Aromasin and have the option of Femara if I want. Your wife could always try them for a while and see how she feels before deciding not to continue this treatment. My side effects are joint pain mostly. I wish her the very best in her recovery.

      about 8 years ago
    • ruthieq's Avatar

      If she was hormone positive then it is a good thing to take the aromatase inhibitors. A couple of them are generic so it won't be as expensive. Tamoxifen is ALWAYS a choice and is cheaper than the others as well. Tamoxifen was the only drug they used until a few years ago when the AIs came out. It is still a good choice. The onc may be pushing on AI over the others but if money is the object, Tamox works as well. I have taken them all, and they all have side effects of joint pain and fatigue. Most will cause some leg swelling or fluid retention. AT age 70, believe it or not, she is still producing estrogens and hormones to be changed to estrogens. Of course the choice is hers and such a good husband to be asking about options for her here. I wish you both well. good luck. She can always try them all and decide yea or nay.

      almost 8 years ago
    • ruthieq's Avatar

      Sorry I meant to add most oncs have samples of the drugs they can give her to try...no need to spend money on trying something out. Takes about 2-4 weeks for the meds to start building up properly but the side effects start right away if any...thats a big determiner right there..side effects. If one does well for her right away, then take that one.

      almost 8 years ago

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