Life after finishing Tamoxifen
I was diagnosed with stage 1a breast cancer in 2018. Having lost my sister to the same disease at a young age, I chose to have a double mastectomy and went on a 5 year Tamoxifen regimen. I just came off tamoxifen in October after taking it for 4 1/2 years. Last gyno appointment showed endometrial thickening (benign, thankfully.) My onco and I decided to call it quits on tamoxifen. He had always told me it was optional for me, but I wanted to do the max given my family history. I'm grateful I had options, unlike my sister. I'm grateful I had a good prognosis, unlike my sister. Yet, my quality of life suffered under hormone therapy. To name a few, Tamoxifen pushed me into menopause, caused depression, caused significant hair loss, some weight gain although I was very careful with my diet. It's been about 2 months since I quit. Menopause is here to stay and I know it will take a long time for my hair to recover, if it does at all. Strangely, since I quit, I'm gaining weight without any apparent reason. There's so little online about what to expect after finishing tamoxifen. I would be grateful if others on this forum could share their experiences.