Nov 13, 2012 01:56PM - edited Nov 13, 2012 02:02PM by Eileen0417
This is an interesting discussion and I too am faced with making a decision about my ovaries. With my first diagnosis I was 42 and premenopausal. My period stopped after my second AC treatment. After chemo ended, I started taking tamoxifen because bloodwork showed I was premenopausal.
My period did not start up again but my onc said it was the tamoxifen that was stopping it. He did bloodwork a few more times and it continued to show premenopausal. I stopped taking tamoxifen last november and two months later my period started again. The first two were scary heavy and after that they were normal. Then I did not get a period last month and I started getting hot flashes. I was diagnosed with my second breast cancer a little over a month ago at 48.
My onc suggested "putting my ovaries to rest". So I'm assuming that means the monthly shots and an AI. This was upsetting to hear as I hadn't had that missed period yet and was premenopausal. I was just starting to feel normal again: I was off all cancer meds and I had my period again. It was really nice to feel like I did before the whole cancer thing happened.
Also I know that estrogen serves many functions in our bodies, protecting our hearts, keeping our arteries flexible, even stimulating the production of elastin and collagen in our skin-less wrinkles:) Hey it's something!
My second hormone sensitive tumor formed while I was taking tamoxifen so I know that the hormone treatments don't guarantee anything anyway. My oncotype results will be in this week and I just know he will be advising to suppress ovaries anf an AI. I just hate the idea of stopping a natural bodily process. Even if I am starting menopause, I don't even like the idea of using an AI.
Can anyone relate to my feelings?