Concerned that hormone therapy will worsen depression
Hi, I am looking for advice from those ladies coping with management of severe clinical depression. I am almost 2 months out from a successful bilateral mastectomy. My new oncologist would like me to take Tamoxifen due to how hormone receptor positive my cancer was?? That’s how she explained it. However I take Wellbutrin and that is contraindicated when using Tamoxifen. I’m 45 and have young children. I have also suffered severe clinical depression with bouts of agoraphobia from the age of 11. I manage my symptoms really well. I got things well under control for years prior to having children. I am responsible with it. However, hormone fluctuations after having children worsened my depression and made it hard to manage. I found a specialist and a medication that got me back on track after a lot of work. I want to take her(onco’s) recommendation but she wants me off of the Wellbutrin. I can’t stop my meds. I have tried other types and they just didn’t work. I can’t face debilitating depression again. I have too many responsibilities. Anyone else faced this dilemma? Any creative options? Maybe I should get a second opinion? I was stage 1A with three areas within my breast..they each contained IDC, DCIS and LCIS). They got great margins and I’ve got basically no breast tissue left.