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    I'm starting drug therapy, Anastrozole, I was supposed to start taking them 4 days ago, I can't bring myself to take them due to side effect

    Asked by Tre on Friday, February 8, 2019

    I'm starting drug therapy, Anastrozole, I was supposed to start taking them 4 days ago, I can't bring myself to take them due to side effect

    Dr. Afraid chemo would do more harm than good. This stuff has some bad side effects not sure aboUT it because of side effects. Also had invasive love our. Had breast removed, not yet in lymph nodes but have fatty liver disease, 2 ground glass nodules in lungs that are being watched, have had pre cancerous polyups removed from colon every 2 years since I was 38 yrs. old., tests showed blockage in heart went in to put stent in and couldn't find it but are worried cause father died at 49 from heart and sister at 42 and 2 brothers with heart disease. Have had problems throwing clots for several years after 6 yrs of coincident and held an have been on aspirin regiment for. 25 years, have type 2 diabeteis, high blood pressure and exposed nerves around sanctum and left leg is numb from thigh to foot most the time. Dr wants me to take the Anastrozole for 2 months while he runs liver scan and run cbc diff, complete metabolic, cancer antigen 15-3, lactate dehydrogenase, blood test and compare.

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    • mofields' Avatar

      I've been on anastrozole for almost 5 years. Barely any side effects. I take it at night. Drink lots of water during the day and exercise for your bones. You might be put on a Calcium/vitamin D pill to help your bones. Go for it. The worst if you don't is the cancer could return.

      3 months ago
    • Amor's Avatar

      Hi Tre ~

      I took Anastrozole (Arimidex) for two years and experienced bone pain and rigidity, which I countered with calcium and vitamin D from foods and supplements PLUS weight bearing exercises to strengthen my bones.

      When I moved to a new area and met with a new oncologist, he had me go through a Breast Cancer Index, a specialized diagnostic test to provide individual risk of recurrence and likelihood of benefit from an additional anti-estrogen therapy. Results showed that I have a low 2% risk of recurrence and continuing the Anastrozole will not decrease nor increase the risk. NOTE: I did take Tamoxifen for 3 years prior to Anastrozole.

      I suggest you try it first and inform your doctor of side effects, if any. Hope this info helps.

      Take care,

      3 months ago
    • emmmi's Avatar

      I’ve been on Anastrozole for 3 weeks now. After reading comments on the internet by others having negative side effects, I was worried and hesitant to start. Also started a water aerobics class at the same time. So far so good. If I had joint aches, I’ve blamed the water aerobics ..... but any ache has been mild. I have felt slightly warm at times ..... was that a hot flash? My Oncotype said I had a 12% risk of recurrence in 10 years WITH an AI. So, I am determined that I will take this medication and do other life style changes to better my chances of no recurrence. Now maybe I haven’t been on the medication long enough to have bad side effects, so will keep you posted. I found early stage breast cancer to be quite an ordeal.

      3 months ago

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