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    At age 70 my wife was diagnosed with Breast cancer. Has had surgery and radiation. Has to decide about Hormonal therapy. Not sure to proceed

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      You might look at www.breastcancer.org. This is an excellent site. You are talking about aromatase inhibitors. I am taking them. Most of us experience side effects. These are meant to keep us from producing any estrogen. If she is ER positive, estrogen would feed the growth of any remaining cancer cells. It is a tough call at her age. There are 3 types of aromatase inhibitors, and one may have less side effects than another for her. I switched from Arimidex to Aromasin and have the option of Femara if I want. Your wife could always try them for a while and see how she feels before deciding not to continue this treatment. My side effects are joint pain mostly. I wish her the very best in her recovery.

      about 5 years ago
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      If she was hormone positive then it is a good thing to take the aromatase inhibitors. A couple of them are generic so it won't be as expensive. Tamoxifen is ALWAYS a choice and is cheaper than the others as well. Tamoxifen was the only drug they used until a few years ago when the AIs came out. It is still a good choice. The onc may be pushing on AI over the others but if money is the object, Tamox works as well. I have taken them all, and they all have side effects of joint pain and fatigue. Most will cause some leg swelling or fluid retention. AT age 70, believe it or not, she is still producing estrogens and hormones to be changed to estrogens. Of course the choice is hers and such a good husband to be asking about options for her here. I wish you both well. good luck. She can always try them all and decide yea or nay.

      about 5 years ago
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      ruthieq

      Sorry I meant to add most oncs have samples of the drugs they can give her to try...no need to spend money on trying something out. Takes about 2-4 weeks for the meds to start building up properly but the side effects start right away if any...thats a big determiner right there..side effects. If one does well for her right away, then take that one.

      about 5 years ago
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    Decision Point (What next after surgery and radiation. 5-10 years of Tamoxifan & AI): My wife is 70 and has had issues with other drugs that were prescribed at earlier ages. She has some real questions about how much good Tamoxifen and AI's will do and if they are worth the side effects.

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    Radiation (External radiation )

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    Procedure or Surgery (Lumpectomy)

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