• Breast Cancer and Hypothyroidism

    Asked by Paula56 on Monday, February 18, 2013

    Breast Cancer and Hypothyroidism

    Hi. Has anyone had cancer and hypothyroidism? I was researching this weekend on the web and found a lot of connections.

    12 Answers from the Community

    12 answers
    • SueRae1's Avatar
      SueRae1

      I had hypothyroidism before I was diagnosed with advanced kidney cancer and TNBC. The only thing that changed is that I am now taking about 3x more levothyroixn then I was pretreatment. I don't think there is a direct link between the two, but stress can be a factor in both.

      over 4 years ago
    • SpunkyS's Avatar
      SpunkyS

      I was also hypothyroide before diagnosis. No change needed in the amount of levothyroxine I am taking now compared to pre-treatment. My only connection may be the genetics of both diseases. I will be interested in what you find.

      over 4 years ago
    • nancyjac's Avatar
      nancyjac

      I have had auto-immune thyroiditis for over 10 years. I would be interesting in hearing what connections you found.

      over 4 years ago
    • debco148's Avatar
      debco148

      Yes, I have had hypothyroid as well and take 100mcg lev. daily. This dosage did not change after treatment. I often wonder of connection as well. Actually, I've always had some sort of hormone issue since age 12 and start of periods. For a while they put me on steroids, the pill, etc. to regulate my cycles. Horrible PMS my whole life. Actually feeling better on Tamoxifen, not sure if it just keeping the hormones at bay or if my body finally went through a change after all the treatments. I've felt too there must be some connections. Dr. just gave me a blank look when I asked about it. I don't think it is clinically proven yet.

      over 4 years ago
    • raven's Avatar
      raven

      Blood tests have just shown that I have hypothyroidism and I am almost 1 1/2 yrs out of treatment. Please post a link to some of the articles you have found on this.

      over 4 years ago
    • nonnie917's Avatar
      nonnie917

      I am glad I read this because I have been hypothyroid since age 14. On medication on and off for years. Every time I changed doctors I would have to fight them for a year or more to get back on my meds. So guess I better make an appointment with my endo doctor. Good question.

      over 4 years ago
    • oceanblue24's Avatar
      oceanblue24

      I'm another one interested in what you find out. I've had Hypothyroidism since the 90's. I'm on Levathroid 150 MCG daily. I started out with Hoshimoto's Thyroiditis with warm nodules and ended up having 1/2 my thyroid removed. Coincidentally this is when my anxiety started too. Hmmmm I've met many women who have problems with their thyroids. Hormones have been messing with me one way or the other since puberty. Good luck & let us know what you learn. thanks

      over 4 years ago
    • Topazcat's Avatar
      Topazcat

      I was diagnosed with stage 3 cancer 11/19/10 and then also diagnosed with thyroid cancer on 12/3/10. After all of the chemo, double mastectomy, and radiation was finished I had the thyroid removed and am now on levothyroxin 150 daily. Great question that you have asked!

      over 4 years ago
    • Berley's Avatar
      Berley

      I have been taking medication for Hypothyroidism since 1991. I was diagnosed with TNBC in 2011.
      The following information can be found on the insert for Synthroid .........."Although there has been a reported association between prolonged thyroid hormone therapy and breast cancer, this has not been confirmed. Patients receiving SYNTHROID (levothyroxine sodium) for appropriate clinical indications should be titrated to the lowest effective replacement dose."

      over 4 years ago
    • Berley's Avatar
      Berley

      I have been taking medication for Hypothyroidism since 1991. I was diagnosed with TNBC in 2011.
      The following information is a quote from the Synthroid insert. "Although there has been a reported association between prolonged thyroid hormone therapy and breast cancer, this has not been confirmed. Patients receiving SYNTHROID (levothyroxine sodium) for appropriate clinical indications should be titrated to the lowest effective replacement dose."

      over 4 years ago
    • Paula56's Avatar
      Paula56

      I see a doctor about my thyroid next Tuesday. Actually it will include a seminar. This doc treats the cause of the problem and not just the symptoms. I hope to find out more Tuesday. I have done research and have found that there are connections with breast cancer and thyroidism. I will look for the articles again and post the links. Be well all.

      over 4 years ago
    • MASALSA's Avatar
      MASALSA

      I had 10% of one gland and 90% of the other thyroid gland removed(non cancer) at the age of 16, had breast cancer at the age of 47. I'm finding the hypothyridism is more of a pain, due to the fact I don't need my boobs, but do need medication for the thyroid for life. At times I even forget I had cancer, especially when I get involved with organizations for cancer research. My cancer journey feels like a "stubbed toe" compared to what others are going through.

      about 4 years ago

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