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    Valentinegirl asked a questionBreast Cancer

    Weight gain with Letrazole

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      Sunshine777

      I've re-discovered nuts! Did you know that peanuts (legumes) are a vegetable? It is not very expensive to throw together a trail-mix. Sometimes I add M and Ms!

      5 months ago
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      happydyad

      A healthy diet/lifestyle is the MOST important thing, of course. With that said, I have found something that worked for me after I put on 20 pounds following my cancer diagnosis. The program I used was formerly called Medifast now it is called OptaVia. I do not use anything that contains soy protein isolate because of its implications in breast-cancer. However, they have plenty of whey protein and pea protein based options. Best wishes, Judy in Ky

      5 months ago
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      dianalynn

      I gained 15 lbs on letrozole. Was on for two years. I ate very well. I've been off it for 1 1/2 months and already lost a few lbs. works well fighting cancer but definitely introduced me to spanx!!!!!

      5 months ago
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    Valentinegirl asked a questionBreast Cancer

    Underarm pain

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      mofields

      Could be anything. Try doing some self massage first - use your first two fingers and rotate in the area 5 times. I do agree with Jouska, if it persists for more than a couple weeks - make an appointment either with your local doc or your oncologist.

      12 months ago
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      msesq

      I had underarm pain, saw my oncologist who thought it was lymphodema. I found a PT expert in lymphodema massage and was fine after a few sessions. Like Jouska and mofields said check with your MD first. Good luck.

      12 months ago
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      Charnellf

      I have had severe underarm pain for over 2 years. Did therapy with a lymphodema specialist, did other therapy for over 2 years. Pain got so bad, they actually did another surgery but were unable to find anything. I am getting nerve blocks regularly. Wish pain would go away. Hugs, and Merry Christmas to you.

      12 months ago
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    Letrazole side effects

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      JJoy

      I was treated successfully for depression until I was put on Letrazole then tamoxifen . I stopped both but the depression lingers and I fear the hormone blockers have damaged me permanently. My journey with breast cancer was not nearly as bad as the depression I am experiencing now.

      about 1 year ago
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      ChicagoSandy

      I’m glad that Wellbutrin XL/bupropion, my long-term maintenance antidepressant (a selective norepinephrine reuptake inhibitor, or SDRI) doesn’t interfere with letrozole’s enzymatic pathway the way it would tamoxifen’s—before cancer, I had tried Effexor with very poor results (nausea, anxiety, little impact on depression). I may be stressed by cancer, but at least my biochemical depression has been held at bay. I’ve found Wellbutrin to be totally “transparent,” i.e., no side effects, and it has always helped me resist cravings. (That’s why it’s prescribed, as “Zyban,” for smoking cessation).

      about 1 year ago
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      JJoy

      I've always kept my depression under control with abilify. I'm not sure just an antidepressant would work for me. My psychiatrist tells me I need the mood stablizer. I am just wondering how long I can go without therapy before the cancer returns. See my oncologist in a month. Hope he has a solution.

      about 1 year ago