• Exemestane issue (I think?)

    Asked by marybeth on Wednesday, September 28, 2016

    Exemestane issue (I think?)

    Hi, Just wondering if anyone else might have experienced the same issue I am having with Exemestane. I first tried taking Arimidex (following surgery for Stage II cancer and then chemo and radiation). I developed a nasty itchy rash on my chest and back with Arimidex. For months the docs thought it was a fungal infection but as it started when I started taking the Arimidex, they finally suggested taking a brake from it and the rash quickly disappeared. So I've moved on to Exemestane. No rash, but my poor tongue is sore all the time. It is a sort of burning feeling all the way around the perimeter of my tongue and it is driving me crazy. I want to keep taking the AI's because I know they are pretty effective, but am wondering if there is anything I can do about this. The oncologist, my regular doctor and my dentist are without any answers for me. Thank you for any help you might have. I tried ice chips which help but the soreness just returns as soon as the ice melts.

    2 Answers from the Community

    • barryboomer's Avatar

      They don't want to admit it BUT it's all from the Meds including Chemo. I have heard this SO MAY times.....Take a Break....Go mostly Vegan and look up Special Anti Cancer Supplements. Stop the Killing and get on with the Healing....Good Luck!

      almost 5 years ago
    • gpgirl70's Avatar

      I started Arimidex/anastrozole after finishing my chemo and radiation. I had really severe joint pain and pain in my feet and hands. I have stopped anastrozole now for a month and I still have joint pain although it has decreased. However, the pain in my feet and hands is still there. My oncologist said it is a side effect of the chemo. So some of your issues may still be lingering effects from chemo.

      I am starting exemestane today. I want to keep taking AIs as well because of the clinical trials showing they can reduce recurrence by as much as 40% over no hormone treatment. I do eat a mostly organic vegan diet, no dairy, no added sugar, take supplements, drink matcha green tea, yoga, and so on. I believe my diet, exercise, and mindfulness is making my life, health and well-being better. For instance, I have not had a cold since before I had cancer and my husband is a teacher and has been really sick several times. However, and this is a big however, there are no supplements, diet, etc that provide the same mechanism for preventing estrogen-positive breast cancer recurrence as aromatase inhibitors. If there is, then, by all means someone enlighten me.

      almost 5 years ago

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