Jun 4, 2012 01:01 AM Moiralf wrote:
Hi, Thought I would add my bit here too.
When I was dx I was pre-menopausal (44years) and my onc told me that tamoxifen was the hormonal used for these women. Did work post-menopausal but not as well. I had a mirena in and that was ok to keep, even though I was extremely highly responsive to ER/PR.. Kept having my period on the tamoxifen for 2 years until I needed to change to Megace which was also suitable for pre-menopausal women. That stopped my period and I haven't had once since. I went on to Xeloda and after making my onc do three blood tests to confirm I am now post menopausal I am now on Femara. That is one of the first choice for postmenopausal. I still have the mirena even though my onc keeps telling me there is no way I can get pregnant, due to my long story history, I keep it in. I'm nearly 50 now so I think I am safe. Think it can go soon.
My onc did tell me at the beginning that Tamoxifen can increase fertility . Can you imagine that, the trauma of being dx and then getting pregnant from the treatment. I think that would have sent me over the edge.
About the sex desire thing. I'm pretty sure it depends on each women. For me it has become harder work to get in the mood but that probably has as much to do with general stress and trying to multi task that all of us do. Yet for some it stops things bang and it's all over. I haven't had a lot of chemo except for xeloda and that was just the same as on the hormonals. Haven't noticed things drying out so all good in that dept for me.
Love the way we can talk here. I know for sure my onc wouldn't give me half the information, not because he doesn't care, but more because he isn't living it like we are.
Thanks for the aussie/kiwi thread, things do work slightly differently from the US treatments sometimes.
Dx 11/16/2007, IDC, 3cm, Stage IV, 9/13 nodes, mets, ER+/PR+, HER2-