• What are pros and cons of a hysterectomy for a 51 year old breast cancer survivor?

    Asked by hikerchick on Thursday, October 18, 2012

    What are pros and cons of a hysterectomy for a 51 year old breast cancer survivor?

    I supposedly had low risk factors for breast cancer but lost them both in my 40s. I'm wondering if it's a good idea to remove the other hormonal and high risk "removable parts" as i am close to menopause anyway. Can you share good experiences? Bad experiences? Regrets? Side effects?

    3 Answers from the Community

    • Ydnar2xer's Avatar

      Hysterectomies are a God send! I can almost guarantee you will be thrilled after getting one. To never have cramps again? To never have to pack your "supplies" (just in case you need them) when you go away for a weekend? And talk about enriching your sex life!!! The first thing I did was to pack all of my unopened tampons into a Nordstrom box and give them to a younger friend who was still menstruating! Now this is when life can be FUN!

      over 8 years ago
    • karen1956's Avatar

      There is no correlation or relationship between breast cancer and uteran cancer...BUT there is with breast and ovarian cancer. I had my ovaries and tubes removed, but still have my uterus....it helps keep things in place....for me no regrets getting rid of ovaries...just regret that I had to get this darn beast......There are no hormones with the uterus...hormones are with the ovaries....so maybe talk to your doc about oophorectomy......Its 6 years ince my surgery...I'm 56

      over 8 years ago
    • Lirasgirl33's Avatar

      I personally wouldn't get a hysterectomy unless I totally had to. Which is the reason I did have a radical hysterectomy, my oncologist said it had to be done. Even after the hysterectomy, the cancer came back, this time in my lungs.

      I would suggest you speak with your doctor about this and weight the pros/cons with him/her. A hysterectomy is still a surgery and even menopause brought on by surgery is a lot harsher than menopause brought on naturally by the body. I really really dislike the hot flashes and joint soreness that I'm having to go through at the age of 34. Wishing you all the best. Sending hugs your way.

      over 8 years ago

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