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    Drug or Chemo Therapy (Hormone therapy): I switched from Tamoxifen to Arimidex. Side effect: deep depression.

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      Nanzee

      I’ve been on Arimidex for 9 months, and I’m fighting depression too. I don’t know if it has anything to do with the Arimidex. I guess the only way to find out is to stop the med. How did you make the connection, and how long till you started to feel better?

      about 1 month ago
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      Jesse0218, no one is too old for Tamoxifen. If you are premenopausal you cannot use an aromatase inhibitor, but they have not been around all that long and before that everyone took Tamoxifen. I see so many women having problems with bone density from the AI's and are then put on another medication for that problem.
      Tamoxifin has it's own risks.
      I also suffered horribly with hot flashes on the AI's. Effexor only helped for a few months, so doctor put me back on Tamoxifen and they were much more tolerable.

      about 1 month ago
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      cak61, thanks for clearing this up for me. I've been on the Effexor and Femara for a couple years without serious problems like the Arimidex. So, I'd guess, I'll be on these until I can stop someday.

      about 1 month ago
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      2943

      I learned the word 'assume' = XXX u me. I no longer assume. I want a call whatever the results. I do not want to be lost by assuming.

      3 months ago
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      andreacha

      My Primary keeps track of my Mammograms. He sends in an order for me, and sends a note on the computer to let me know he has done so. That means I'll get a call soon for an appointment. I have what is referred to as a digital Mammo which I think is what is normally done. I've never heard of the 3-D mammogram which Carool and Ashera mentioned. My breasts have always been very dense and the 3-D sounds like it would be a better option for me. Is this something new that I should ask about? As soon as my doctor gets the result, which is usually the same day, he sends a note to me. And about a week later the letter comes via snail mail.

      3 months ago
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      Carool

      andreacha, for dense breasts, you should always get both a mammogram and an ultrasound. Years ago, ultrasounds weren't usually recommended, only mammos, but these days breast doctors and researchers recommend both. Normal tissue in dense breasts shows up white on a mammo, and cancer also shows up white, so it's hard to differentiate the two. Cancer in dense breasts is much more easily detected through ultrasound than through mammos.

      As for 3-D mammos, I was told that there is slightly more radiation in 3-D than in regular. My hospital was participating in a study to see if 3-D picked up more cancers than regular mammos did (I was having my ultrasound on the same day, and maybe my doing that enabled me to participate in the study - it's several months ago and I can't remember the specifics).

      3 months ago
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