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Topic: Bone density scan prior to starting treatment for osteoporosis?

Forum: Bone Health and Bone Loss —

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

Posted on: Mar 29, 2020 11:59PM

striveforhealth wrote:

A little history...I already had osteopenia and osteoporosis long before my CA diagnosis. I was taking hormone replacement therapy which I came off of as soon as I received my diagnosis. I had been getting a little bit of bone health improvement on HRT. My endocrinologist requested Prolia from my insurance co twice, but they twice denied it. I am not a candidate for oral meds.

On April 6 I will begin 30 radiation treatments after which I will start taking endocrine therapy. Did you have bone density scans prior to starting endocrine treatment? I am actually due in April for my bi-annual DEXA scan but it hasn't been ordered yet.

Keeping a positive attitude with life's challenges. Dx 12/25/2019, DCIS, Left, 1cm, Stage 0, Grade 2, ER+ Surgery 2/26/2020 Lumpectomy: Left; Reconstruction (left); Reconstruction (right) Radiation Therapy 4/5/2020 Whole-breast: Breast Hormonal Therapy Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone)
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Mar 30, 2020 07:28AM Spookiesmom wrote:

Seems like I did. I was so worn out from the year of treatment. I know at some point I had a baseline dexa.

Reoccurrence 3-19. Dx IDC, Stage IIIA, Grade 3
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Mar 30, 2020 08:08AM Beaverntx wrote:

I was already on a regular schedule for DEXA scans as I have osteopenia (the reason I take Tamoxifen rather than an AI) so no special scan before starting. And the next one was due within the year -- so far, so good.

Diagnosed at age 77-- Oncotype 17, dealing with this bump in the road of life!!šŸŽ† Dx 1/24/2018, IDC, Right, 2cm, Stage IB, Grade 3, 0/9 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- (IHC) Dx 1/30/2018, DCIS, Right, <1cm, Stage 0 Surgery 1/30/2018 Lumpectomy: Right; Lymph node removal: Right, Sentinel Radiation Therapy 3/11/2018 Whole-breast: Breast Surgery 6/15/2018 Prophylactic ovary removal Hormonal Therapy 6/19/2018 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone)
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Mar 31, 2020 02:28PM striveforhealth wrote:

Hello Spookiesmom and Beaverntx. Thanks for your responses. I will also take Tamoxifen rather than an AI.

Keeping a positive attitude with life's challenges. Dx 12/25/2019, DCIS, Left, 1cm, Stage 0, Grade 2, ER+ Surgery 2/26/2020 Lumpectomy: Left; Reconstruction (left); Reconstruction (right) Radiation Therapy 4/5/2020 Whole-breast: Breast Hormonal Therapy Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone)
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Apr 6, 2020 12:01PM striveforhealth wrote:

I am scheduled for a DEXA scan in May...provided we are able to go out for appointments by then....God willing.


Keeping a positive attitude with life's challenges. Dx 12/25/2019, DCIS, Left, 1cm, Stage 0, Grade 2, ER+ Surgery 2/26/2020 Lumpectomy: Left; Reconstruction (left); Reconstruction (right) Radiation Therapy 4/5/2020 Whole-breast: Breast Hormonal Therapy Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone)
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Jul 12, 2020 08:19AM striveforhealth wrote:

I did start taking Tamoxifin which I'm told will be helpful for my bone health.

I finally received a copy of my bone density scan results from May and discussed them with my endocrinologist. My lumbar T-scores go from -1.7 to -3.2. The left femur from -1.8 to -3.1. ; right femur from -2.0 to -3.4.

Endo recommended an infusion of Reclast. Waiting to hear about an appointment for infusion. Has anyone else used Reclast infusions?

Keeping a positive attitude with life's challenges. Dx 12/25/2019, DCIS, Left, 1cm, Stage 0, Grade 2, ER+ Surgery 2/26/2020 Lumpectomy: Left; Reconstruction (left); Reconstruction (right) Radiation Therapy 4/5/2020 Whole-breast: Breast Hormonal Therapy Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone)

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