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    Anglav asked a questionBreast Cancer

    ovary suppression versus ovary removal

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    • cam32505's Avatar
      cam32505

      I had uterine cancer, post-menopausal. I had hot flashes for 10 years before menopause, but at least it was gradual. By the time I had hysterectomy, no hot flashes anymore. My mother had tumor (not cancer) on her ovary at age 48 and had to have ovaries removed (already had uterus removed). She had terrible hot flashes, with windows open in the middle of winter in MI. But, you have to weigh the pros and cons of hot flashes, versus possible cancer. Ovaries are funny in that they provide some things we need, but can also cause a lot of problems all our lives. Best of luck in your decision.

      over 3 years ago
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      Jalemans

      Hi anglav, when they were going to do my emergency hysterectomy the hospital docs kept telling me they wanted to leave one ovary. Fortunately my surgeon came in & I told him, "if something doesn't look right take everything!" which he did. I have some hot flashes but they aren't that bad. My feeling was that I don't need those parts & if there is any chance they are going to cause me problems I just want them out. It is an individual decision of course & my cancer is different, but I don't regret my decision. I guess you can talk this through with your doctors & see what they think.

      over 3 years ago
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      Dancinginrain

      Hi there! I did all the same treatments you did and am on the ovarian suppression shots and tamoxifen. I was 34 at diagnosis (now 35 and through the icky stuff). My doc does not want me to switch to an AI with the shots until 5 years on tamoxifen first. Then he'll have me do 5 years of AIs. He explained that bring so young they worry about long term osteoporosis if there is no ovarian function and on AIs for so long as a younger woman. Healso said the AI side effects are worse than tamoxifen. Tamoxifen and the shots are my path for another 4 years until I switch to AIs. My doc discussed oopherectomy with me as well. I'm young enough that I'm freaked to lose my ovaries and put my fertility totally in the grave (although in forced menopause now).I was not done having kids at diagnosis so I just want to hang on to my options for the future. I get the shots ever 3 month. It means Costant hot flashes, sleep issues and the other things that come with menopause, but I always know if its, too much I can stop the shots and just do tamoxifen. Right now I'm going to stay on the shots. I have very young children and I'll do ANYTHING to make sure I'm here for them! Personally I'd recommend trying the shots for 6 mos and then see if you are ok with how you feel before having an oopherectomy. Once your ovaries are gone you can't get them bsck. Good luck work your decision.

      over 3 years ago
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    I am a 2 yr breast ca survivor age 42, treatments chemo, bilat mastectomy ( right prophylatic) radiation. On tamoxifen since July 13 w no side effects. Oncologist is now suggesting ovary suppression shots and switch to aromasin. Looking for info on how people have managed w this regime, am wondering if ovary removal may be a better way to go to avoid additional drugs as in the suppression shot. Trying to weigh off gradual menopause w drug v forced instant w ovary removal. Thanks in advance..