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    Celebration (Anniversary): A year ago I had my lumpectomy with breast reduction. So technically I've been cancer free for a YEAR :) YAY!!

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    JoiGotThis asked a questionBreast Cancer

    Has anyone refused to take zoladex (ovary suppression) with tamoxifen?

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      TXHills

      I would ask you doc to supply the evidence in the form of peer-reviewed studies on why she is recommending this course of treatment. They can often access more info than we can. Best to to you.

      almost 5 years ago
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      geekling

      Not only would I ask as TXHills suggests but I would also tell the doc that in your weakened condition you do not appreciate the pressure.

      best wishes.

      almost 5 years ago
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      ShortCuts

      I've had Zolodex shots, they were painful, for me, but I had already stopped taking tamoxifen since it stopped working. I'd seek second or third opinion, and ask oncologist why they are recommending this for you?

      almost 5 years ago
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    JoiGotThis asked a questionBreast Cancer

    Lumpectomy w/ breast reduction or mastectomy

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      helentran

      XXX JoiGotThis,
      I just read your profile. You have ductal carcenoma in situ but still have to do chemo? Did you have an oncotype test?
      Did the doctor say the reason? I was just curious?

      almost 6 years ago
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      BarbarainBham

      Helentran and JoiGotThis, I'm wondering about her profile also. That's why I qualified my first comments to IF her diagnosis stays "in situ." My own diagnosis changed from "in situ" to invasive with the pathology report from my first lumpectomy, so I had to have a second lumpectomy for margins and a sentinel node biopsy. Because my nodes were negative, I only had radiation and have had no recurrence in 13 years.

      JoiGotThis, because of the above, please be guided by what your doctor recommends because he has a clear understanding of your tumor. One of the things I was told is that women your age (35?) often have a different type of cancer than menopausal women, so if you aren't confident with your own doctor, please get another DOCTOR's opinion. Although we all want to help, your cancer specialists have many years of medical education, plus your medical records. Sending you prayers for God's blessings.

      almost 6 years ago
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      JoiGotThis

      Thank you for sharing your stories. It truly is a personal decision and I've done my fair share of research to feel confident in my decision.

      To answer your other questions: My medical oncologist thought chemo was needed even though my cancer was non-invasive given the estrogen/progesterone + test. I did have further imaging (BSGI scan) and biopsy done on a suspicions lymph node that were both negative for cancer. I fully trust both my oncologist and their team. One thing I've learned their is no treatment plan that fits every situation. So many factors to consider. Including age.

      almost 6 years ago
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    Side Effects (Blood sugar, high (diabetes)): From Dex steriod. Put me on metaformin.

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    JoiGotThis asked a questionBreast Cancer

    Were you put on Metaformin during chemo to lower blood sugar?

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      barryboomer

      Hey Nonnie....I do understand what you mean by the article SORRY

      about 6 years ago
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      Nonnie917

      I have heard from friends and my Aunt who had to go on insulin say they are doing much better, but I just cannot bring myself to go on insulin if I don't have to. Once your on it you are on it. I don't want to go there at all, if I can help it. I seem to be doing alright and feeling okay, except for the hip and leg issue. Other than that I feel pretty good. I am glad you understood what I meant about the article. Thanks for understanding.

      about 6 years ago
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      barryboomer

      It really shouldn't be a last resort as People can control their BS really well BUT IF you are doing great keep doing what you are doing...Just Saying that was my experience with many patients....all afraid to go on insulin and did much better than on the pill and hence less problems from the Diabetes....

      about 6 years ago