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Topic: Bone loss- what to do

Forum: Bone Health and Bone Loss —

Talk with others about bone density, osteopenia and osteoporosis, and ways to keep your bones strong

Posted on: Jan 10, 2013 06:52PM

smo23915 wrote:

Hi all,

I am wondering if anyone has tried Reclast or Prolia for bone loss.  I am not sure which one to try.  Also, has anyone found Tam. helped with bone density?



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Jan 15, 2013 01:30PM hopeinfitcher wrote:

dear smo,My Dr.prescribe-Fozamax,also we need drink,eat more"milk,cheese,fish(river),more vegetables,fruits,less:coffee,.take"vitamin D,be more on sun,exercise-every day,walk -every day-40min.

wish you all best!

Dx 3/2009, ILC, 2cm, Stage IIIC, 19/26 nodes Surgery Lumpectomy: Right
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Jan 15, 2013 01:57PM SusansGarden wrote:

Tamoxifen helps with bone density only in POST menapausal women.  It can actually cause bone loss in pre-meno.

"If you want to forget all your other troubles, wear too tight shoes." Dx 10/6/2010, IDC, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, 0/3 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 11/30/2010 Mastectomy: Left; Prophylactic mastectomy: Right; Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Hormonal Therapy 2/1/2011 Surgery 7/10/2013 Prophylactic ovary removal
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Jan 15, 2013 02:22PM SpecialK wrote:

Reclast and Prolia are differing types of drugs.  Reclast is the once-a-year IV form of bisphosphanate, similar to Fosamax, Actonel and Boniva.  Prolia is a sub-cutaneous (skin, not muscle) injection that you receive every 6 months.  It is a monoclonal antibody.  I have attached a link below.  It is a targeted therapy like Herceptin is.

Here is the info for Fosamax (bisphosphanates), which is pretty much the same for Actonel and Boniva, except for dosing and timing:

I have received two injections of Prolia with no side effects, I will be having my third one next month.  My MO indicated that he likes it because it is treating (I was osteopenic prior to chemo and Femara, and had loss after 6 months of hormone therapy) and preventing, but may take a couple of years to see rebuilding of bone.  I had a previous GI surgery that makes taking oral bone-building meds problematic for me.  I also take calcium and Vitamin D.  I need to limit my sun exposure as I have had an extensive number of skin cancers, including 3 during my BC treatment.  I limit my dairy intake because there are hormones added to most dairy and I am not that comfortable eating/drinking something coming from a lactating animal as I am strongly ER+.

BMX w/ TE 11/1/10, ALND 12/6/10. 15 additional surgeries. TCHx6 2/17-6/2/11. Herceptin until 1/19/12. Femara 8/1/11, Arimidex 6/20/12, back to Femara 6/18/13-present. Dx 9/27/2010, DCIS, Stage 0, Grade 3 Dx 9/27/2010, IDC, Right, 2cm, Stage IIB, Grade 3, 2/14 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2+ (IHC)
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Jan 15, 2013 09:25PM smo23915 wrote:

Wow, thank you all for your answers!  My density has always been low I was on HR for many years for the bones.  A couple months ago I was diagnosed with a 2mm ILC, no nodes, great margins, ER/PR positive and Her2-.  I had a mastectomy and will have a preventative one on the other breast, in a couple weeks. They (3 oncologists) are telling me using Tax is up to me because it will only help maybe 1/2 percent.  Since I am very sinsitive to meds I was worried but am trying it to see how severe the side effects are, I still have my uterus and an worried about cancer of the uterus.

My GP did tell me Tam. will help the bones (I am post menopause)  Do you know if it acts like an estrogen on the bones?  I was very worried about Prolia because what I have read online about the side effects is terrible.  Thank you for the answers.


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Apr 1, 2013 05:09PM Ann403 wrote:

My RO said to stay out of the sun unless I'm using a strong sunblock. I had 28 + 5 boosts bilaterally, so while sun is good for bones, it's important to cover radiated areas thoroughly.

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