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      BarbarainBham

      ChicagoSandy, I must have not communicated well---I've had morphine pumps after surgery and hope to again. I'm just against legalizing without the oversight of a doctor (with a prescription). If problems related to taking addictive drugs are as bad as they are now, imagine how it would be if they were legalized without physician oversight.

      Even if marijuana is supposedly not addictive, I would expect there are more car accidents from being stoned in states that allow it to be bought legally. (It goes without saying that marijuana or anything else that helps medically should be OK if prescribed by a doctor.)

      7 months ago
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      My palliative care team is very upset about caremark interfering in the prescriptions that their patients need, We have had to go to the illogical step of me getting 8mg dilaudid { instead of 4} and cutting them in half just to please some federal regulator/

      MY doctor actually had to go speak on the record, as head of calif med association palliative docs, to some investigators about how her specialty is having a very hard fight to get the right medications to their patients. They are being told that only oncologists can prescribe in some cases and that is ridiculous because Palliative docs know a heck of a lot more of how to prescribe in a safe manner than oncology does!

      It is a big problem, and while I see why they want to crack down on opioids, they need to leave the truly sick out of this battle.

      7 months ago
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      Skyemberr, did you report the details of this experience to your insurance company, as we talked about before? (I told you that Blue Cross of Alabama had cancelled it's contract with Caremark, and we now get special order medicine from Walgreen's.)

      I think the other thing is that the medical specialty of Palliative Care is new to many people, which makes many things cloudy for anything related to it. They should educate everyone about their specialty.

      7 months ago
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      MaryAnn

      It’s called the Breast Cancer Index. My cancer center doesn’t do it because there are no set protocols for what to do with the information. I am not continuing for the second five years, but everyone has to decide based on their individual circumstances.

      7 months ago
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      geekling

      Are you guarateed any percentage of reduction in risk by taking the pills?

      7 months ago
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      gpgirl70

      There is a small gain from taking aromatase inhibitors or tamoxifen for 10 years approximately 3% reduction in recurrence and 3% lower death rate. I would be curious if there is any difference depending on initial staging. Is the reduction % the same for stage I and stage III? Is it the same for women who have had their ovaries removed vs women with ovaries? If I was having the same quality of life issues on exemestane as anastrozole, I would definitely not continue for the second five years. Three percent isn't enough to endure suffering. One must also consider the toxicity of taking these drugs for another 5 years.

      7 months ago
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