• post menopausal and IDC

    Asked by jojosmom on Monday, May 20, 2013

    post menopausal and IDC

    For several months my dr has said I was peri menopausal. I did lumpectomy, chemo, radiation, breast abcess. Then I was told I would need to take tamoxifen. Did blood tests last week to check hormone levels, it shows me as post menopausal. My last period was in Jan. So I went thru menopause during all my cancer treatments? Now I have been told I have hashimoto's disease. I have gained 25 lbs since Dec. 1. Does my thyroid/hashimotos affect my breast cancer or what meds will they recommend now that i'm post menopausal? I'm so confused, I thought I had it all figured out, now this happens. Any advice??

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    • SueRae1's Avatar

      Chemo can effect your thyroid but I don't think the reverse is true. See a thyroid specialist and have them evaluate your condition and get you on the right dose of meds. i have had hypothyroidism since 2006, before my diagnosis I gained about 30 lbs while following WW, once I was put on the right dose of levothyroxin I was able to lose those 30 lbs plus the other weight i was trying to take off. Speak with your medical/oncology team about your questions. Chemo can also cause you to go through menopause early. I was post menopause when I start chemo so this was not an issue for me. I figured it out the old fashion way 1 year with out a period, no hormone tests.

      over 3 years ago
    • Nomadicme's Avatar

      I think you need to take an Aromatase Inhibitor (like Femara) if you're post menopausal. Handle each step as it comes up, try as best you can not to stress. You'll make it through, just ne good to your body during all this (lots of water, healthy eating, exercise).

      over 3 years ago
    • Nomadicme's Avatar

      @Sue. I thought I was menopausal after chemo, as I had 1 yr 11 months with no periods. About 2 weeks ago I had a three day vaginal bleed and freaked thinking it was endometrial cancer due to Tamoxifen. Although not conclusive, a pelvic ultrasound revealed no thickening of the uterus, so it's likely I just got my period back. I wish I had asked for hormonal level blood draws to determine status. In conclusion, with chemotherapy you never know!

      over 3 years ago
    • SandiD's Avatar

      It may depend on your age. Your oncologist will tell you what med you need to take. If you truly remain in menopause you will receive one of 3 Aromatse Inhibitors rather than Tomoxifen. The good thing is there are 3 to choose from if you get side effects from one. You might check out www.breastcancer.org for more info. For any thyroid issue, you need to see your primary doctor or an Endocrinologist to get treated. You can get that treated fairly simply with thyroid meds. It will help with weight gain along with a healthy diet and lifestyle. I think most of us gain some weight during treatment any way. You will be ok. I wish you the best!

      over 3 years ago
    • JennyMiller's Avatar

      I was post menopausal so I am on Arimidex and doing good with it.

      over 3 years ago
    • debco148's Avatar

      I am sort of in the same boat. I am 58 and had a period right before I was diagosed in Jan 2012 so we were not sure I was post either. So I started on tamoxifen, and it has been since last Aug that I did chemo and I'm not getting periods. So, my onc just ordered bloodwork to check hormone levels. If they show post, then they'll switch me from Tamoxifen to AI (aromotose inhibitor). I was asked to scheduled a bone density test so that we can have a baseline, since the AI's side effect is ostheoperosis. Then, no more Tamoxifen!

      over 3 years ago
    • PaulineJ's Avatar

      JennyMiller >You don't have side affect with Arimidex? I've been on it since last Sept.-Oct and having side affects or my conditions have gotten worse from it.I now don't know what's causing what?

      over 3 years ago
    • Nonnie917's Avatar

      Well, whatever you do DO NOT take hormones. Those things are nasty and cause cancer. Happened to my cousin. I went through menopause without them and I still got breast cancer. My sister has hashimotos and they are giving her thyroid pills to treat it. Best thing for you to do is see a specialist in that field. They are really the only ones who can help you with your questions and treatment. Good luck.

      over 3 years ago

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