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Forum: Bone Health and Bone Loss — Talk with others about bone density, osteopenia and osteoporosis, and ways to keep your bones strong

Posted on: May 14, 2019 10:22AM - edited May 17, 2019 11:00AM by RebzAmy

RebzAmy wrote:

I'm wondering whether to start taking HRT (hormone replacement therapy) because my periods stopped nearly two years ago now and I wonder if taking it would help with various symptoms I have. My breast cancer was HER2 Positive. Is there any reason I can't go on HRT? I still have my uterus and ovaries. Thanks

Diagnosed June 2007, IDC, Grade 3, 4-5cm lump, several lymph nodes involved, HER2+++, 4 months of high strength chemo, mastectomy and lymph node removal, radiotherapy & a year of herceptin and recently had preventative surgery to other breast.
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May 15, 2019 02:17PM JoE777 wrote:

oh my!!!!! If you're triple Positive you shouldn't put hormones in your body. You'll be suppressing. The cancer feeds off hormones

Dx 2/2012, IDC, Left, 2cm, Stage IIA, metastasized to bone, Grade 1, 0/1 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 4/3/2012 Lumpectomy: Left; Lymph node removal: Sentinel Dx 2/2018, IDC, Stage IV, metastasized to bone/lungs, Grade 1, ER+/PR+, HER2- Targeted Therapy Kisqali Hormonal Therapy Femara (letrozole) Chemotherapy Other Radiation Therapy External: Bone Hormonal Therapy Aromasin (exemestane), Femara (letrozole) Radiation Therapy Whole-breast: Breast, Lymph nodes
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May 15, 2019 02:40PM RebzAmy wrote:

I'm HER2+++ not hormonal

Diagnosed June 2007, IDC, Grade 3, 4-5cm lump, several lymph nodes involved, HER2+++, 4 months of high strength chemo, mastectomy and lymph node removal, radiotherapy & a year of herceptin and recently had preventative surgery to other breast.
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May 15, 2019 03:36PM ctmbsikia wrote:

I would look to alternative supplements than taking artificial hormones.  You are having menopausal symptoms?

Dx 12/14/2017, DCIS/IDC, Left, 4cm, Stage IIB, Grade 2, 1/2 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Dx 1/16/2018, LCIS, Right Surgery 1/30/2018 Lumpectomy: Left; Lymph node removal: Sentinel Radiation Therapy 4/10/2018 Whole-breast: Breast Hormonal Therapy 6/25/2018 Arimidex (anastrozole)
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May 15, 2019 03:53PM AliceBastable wrote:

Triple positive means, in part, that you do have an excessive amount of both estrogen and progesterone in your body. That's what caused and fed the cancer. Taking a hormone supplement could increase your chances of recurrence or a new cancer. Have you been prescribed a hormone suppressor (an AI or Tamoxifen)? Taking a hormone supplement would, at best, counteract that, and could have much worse consequences. I can't imagine any reputable doctor who would prescribe a hormone supplement for you.

Endometrial cancer 2010, basal cell multiples, breast cancer 2018, kidney cancer 2018. Cancer's a bitch, but I'm a bigger one with more practice. Dx 5/2018, ILC/IDC, Left, 2cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, 1/1 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 7/10/2018 Lumpectomy: Left; Lymph node removal: Sentinel Surgery 8/7/2018 Radiation Therapy 10/28/2018 Whole-breast: Breast, Lymph nodes
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May 15, 2019 04:47PM RebzAmy wrote:

it's HER2 positive not hormonal

Diagnosed June 2007, IDC, Grade 3, 4-5cm lump, several lymph nodes involved, HER2+++, 4 months of high strength chemo, mastectomy and lymph node removal, radiotherapy & a year of herceptin and recently had preventative surgery to other breast.
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May 15, 2019 07:11PM - edited May 15, 2019 07:12PM by AliceBastable

I'm confused, how can triple positive not mean it's also positive for estrogen and progesterone?

Endometrial cancer 2010, basal cell multiples, breast cancer 2018, kidney cancer 2018. Cancer's a bitch, but I'm a bigger one with more practice. Dx 5/2018, ILC/IDC, Left, 2cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, 1/1 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 7/10/2018 Lumpectomy: Left; Lymph node removal: Sentinel Surgery 8/7/2018 Radiation Therapy 10/28/2018 Whole-breast: Breast, Lymph nodes
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May 16, 2019 01:27AM Meow13 wrote:

She is er and pr negative but her2 positive, she is not triple positive just her2 positive.

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May 16, 2019 01:52AM AliceBastable wrote:

Oh, guess I got confused by the +++.

Endometrial cancer 2010, basal cell multiples, breast cancer 2018, kidney cancer 2018. Cancer's a bitch, but I'm a bigger one with more practice. Dx 5/2018, ILC/IDC, Left, 2cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, 1/1 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 7/10/2018 Lumpectomy: Left; Lymph node removal: Sentinel Surgery 8/7/2018 Radiation Therapy 10/28/2018 Whole-breast: Breast, Lymph nodes
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May 16, 2019 02:30AM Meow13 wrote:

I thought that is what you saw I think she means her2 (+3).

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May 17, 2019 10:49AM wallycat wrote:

HRT has been linked to increased breast cancer risk so even if you are hormone negative, it doesn't mean you couldn't develop a new/different breast cancer.

If you don't have your uterus, you could consider tamoxifen; it acts like estrogen but blocks estrogen, except in the uterus...crazy how bodies/drugs work.


Dx 4/07 1 month before turning 50; ILC 1.8cm, ER+/PR+, HER2 neg., Stage 1, Grade 2, 0/5 nodes. Onco score 20, Bilateral Mast., tamoxifen 3-1/2 years, arimidex-completed 4/20/2012
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May 17, 2019 11:01AM RebzAmy wrote:

Hi Wallycat,


I do still have my uterus and ovaries. I've also had a double mastectomy and reconstruction. That is over 11 years ago now.


Thanks for replying.

Diagnosed June 2007, IDC, Grade 3, 4-5cm lump, several lymph nodes involved, HER2+++, 4 months of high strength chemo, mastectomy and lymph node removal, radiotherapy & a year of herceptin and recently had preventative surgery to other breast.
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May 17, 2019 05:10PM vlnrph wrote:

I would certainly avoid systemic hormone replacement therapy. Depending on symptoms, there might be other things that would help. For instance, some physicians will allow use of vaginal estrogen.

IDC too! 🎻💊👪🐩 🇫🇮 🌹🦋 Rt MX+DIEP 4-2011; ALND 5-2011 d/t micromets; TC X 4; tamoxifen; lymphedema 9-2011; switch to letrozole 3-2014 for 1 yr; bone mets 8-2018: Zometa, rads to spine, Faslodex/Versenio Dx 3/7/2011, ILC, 2cm, Stage IIA, Grade 2, 1/25 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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May 22, 2019 09:45AM JoE777 wrote:

HRT can add the risk of stroke. If that is a possible caution with your treatment, I would be afraid to add any hor

Dx 2/2012, IDC, Left, 2cm, Stage IIA, metastasized to bone, Grade 1, 0/1 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 4/3/2012 Lumpectomy: Left; Lymph node removal: Sentinel Dx 2/2018, IDC, Stage IV, metastasized to bone/lungs, Grade 1, ER+/PR+, HER2- Targeted Therapy Kisqali Hormonal Therapy Femara (letrozole) Chemotherapy Other Radiation Therapy External: Bone Hormonal Therapy Aromasin (exemestane), Femara (letrozole) Radiation Therapy Whole-breast: Breast, Lymph nodes

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