Did I Cause Myself To Get Cancer?
When I was 48 years old, I visited my famlly doctor with complaints of not feeling up to par. He tested my hormone levels and they came in on the low side. He prescribed Premarin together with progestin, both synthetic homrmones. When Prempro was developed, I
was switched to that drug. I felt positively amazing on these drugs because I had a really trying time going through menopause. My doctor told me that both his wife and mother were on these drugs and that he would not prescribe anything for me that he would not give them. He then went on to explain the benefits of these hormones.
Fast forward to when I was 57. When I went in for renewal of drugs, my doctor informed me that he would no longer keep me on these, that research had been shown to indicate that women were at higher risk for developing breast cancer and I was advised to never take the homones again. Two months later, a mammogram revealed that I had developed DCIS, stage 0. I had a lumpectomy folloed by 25 radiation treatments. I remained clean for 11 years. This past December, my surgeon in a routine examination following my annual mammogram, discovered an enlarged nymph node under my right arm, the same side as my original cancer. A biopsy confirmed positive for cancer. I now have Stage 111, regional recurrence which extends into my right collarbone. My treatments prior to a modified radical mastectomy have been AC, followed by 12 Taxol treatments plus Herceptin.
I just wanted to know if anyone else has been diagnosed with cancer after having taken hormones for such a long period of time? Cancer does not run on either side of my family. I feel the ignorance of the medical profession pertaining to these dangerous drugs has caused me to develop cancer.