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Topic: First post treatment period heavy?!!

Forum: Young With Breast Cancer —

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Posted on: Mar 28, 2015 07:57PM

Karc80 wrote:

Hi ladies! I am 7 months post chemo and have been taking tamoxifen for that time. After my 3rd chemo my periods stopped. Until yesterday. I am 34 so my onc suspected it would return. What he didn't mention is how heavy it would be! I've always had normal periods, nothing to write home about. Of course it started at work and on a Friday so I can't call my Gyn or Onc. I left a message for the onc nurse but she's not in until Monday. Did anyone have a ridiculously heavy period? Like a pad and tampon every 2 hours. Sorry for the TMI!! No other side efeffects from tamox excerpt a little hot flashing

Dx 5/1/2014, IDC, 2cm, Stage IIA, Grade 3, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 5/5/2014 Mastectomy: Right Chemotherapy 6/16/2014 Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxotere (docetaxel)
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Mar 28, 2015 08:07PM - edited Mar 28, 2015 08:08PM by Mommato3

I'm 42 and was really hoping mine wouldn't come back! I got my first one last Monday and had a couple days that were really heavy. I even had to get up three times one night because it was so heavy. I'm starting ovarian suppression next week so I shouldn't have to deal with that again.

Edited to add that I'm also on Tamoxifen. No SE at all

AC-THP UMX Dx 4/25/2014, IDC, Stage IIA, Grade 3, 0/5 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2+ Hormonal Therapy 4/20/2015 Arimidex (anastrozole)
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Mar 28, 2015 09:18PM JJOntario wrote:

Just started my 2nd period on Tamoxifen and I'm going through the same thing. The only good thing is that I use to get killer crazy cramps ...and a cycle of 25 days...but now next to no cramps and a 30 day cyle. I'm really wishing this whole period thing would just be done.

47yrs old. Oncotype Score 16. 43 at dx - existing implants. Basal cell carcinoma-2019 Surgery 11/30/2014 Lymph node removal: Right, Sentinel Dx 12/1/2014, IDC, 1cm, Stage IA, 0/13 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 12/7/2014 Lumpectomy: Right Hormonal Therapy 1/28/2015 Radiation Therapy 3/28/2015
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Mar 28, 2015 10:22PM Karc80 wrote:

Thank you so much for replying!!! This stuff always happens on the weekends. I called the advice nurse who of course told me to go to urgent care. Her reason... "Tamoxifen can cause..." I wanted to hang up on her. We know all about the possibility of uterine Cancer but really?! Must that be the first thing you jump to? Plus she kept putting me on hold to get info. As in read web md and the tamoxifen fact shee

Dx 5/1/2014, IDC, 2cm, Stage IIA, Grade 3, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 5/5/2014 Mastectomy: Right Chemotherapy 6/16/2014 Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxotere (docetaxel)
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Mar 28, 2015 11:29PM Mommato3 wrote:

I assumed mine was so heavy because I hadn't had one since July. I know Tamoxifen can cause uterine cancer but we're premenopausal so doesn't it make sense that it's our period? I'm sure she was covering her butt in case there is a problem. Won't it be nice when everything doesn't have to be about cancer!?! *sigh

AC-THP UMX Dx 4/25/2014, IDC, Stage IIA, Grade 3, 0/5 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2+ Hormonal Therapy 4/20/2015 Arimidex (anastrozole)
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Jan 28, 2016 02:50PM vogliodipiu wrote:

..still waiting for mine, finished chemo 6 months ago and still no period or anything for that matter..I am 40, no kids. Decided to start praying for it to come back, wish me luck!

Dx 2/17/2015, IDC, Left, 2cm, Stage IIB, Grade 3, 0/3 nodes, ER-/PR-, HER2+ Chemotherapy 3/9/2015 Taxol (paclitaxel) Chemotherapy 3/9/2015 AC Surgery 8/28/2015 Surgery Lumpectomy: Left
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Jan 28, 2016 03:12PM lintrollerderby wrote:

Hi. While I can't really attest to the side effects of Tamoxifen because I was Triple Negative, I did want to jump in anyway. I was also 34 when diagnosed and my MO said that because chemo is powerful on the ovaries, it can really play a number on the cycle for several years afterward. This was very true for me. I had light periods before chemo, but they were always heavy after that and never went back to the way they were pre-chemo. She mentioned that it can sometimes be caused by damage to the ovaries and ovarian function by chemo. In this instance, it's not enough to make them stop working all together, but for some (like me), they never quite functioned the same again. Again, I can't offer any insight on Tamoxifen, but wanted to add my two cents that it could also be altered ovarian function as a result of chemo--or a combination of the two. Whatever the cause, I hope it resolves itself soon!

Diagnosed at age 34 on 11 May 2011 • IDC • Right • 1.3 cm • Stage I • Grade 3 • 0/3 nodes • ER-/PR-/HER2- • Triple Negative and Basal-Like • Ki-67: 76% • P53: 64% • BRCA1+ (no family history) • BRCA1 mutation: IVS5-11T>G (known deleterious mutation) Surgery 4/28/2011 Lumpectomy: Right Surgery 5/31/2011 Lumpectomy: Right; Lymph node removal: Right, Sentinel Chemotherapy 6/23/2011 Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxotere (docetaxel)
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Apr 10, 2016 10:44AM christina0001 wrote:

OMG no joke!!! Mine was terribly heavy. It was terrible - I'd wear a tampon + a super maxi pad and sometimes after 30-45 minutes of changing both, I'd be running to the bathroom because both were soaked through. My OB started me on prescription Lysteda and that made it much more tolerable (although still heavy). It is non-hormonal. I would ask your OB if it might be an option for you.

Surgery 1/10/2012 Lumpectomy: Right Dx 1/16/2012, IDC, 2cm, Stage IIA, Grade 3, 0/7 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2+ Surgery 2/9/2012 Lymph node removal: Right, Sentinel Targeted Therapy 2/12/2012 Herceptin (trastuzumab) Chemotherapy 2/12/2012 Carboplatin (Paraplatin), Taxotere (docetaxel) Surgery 8/9/2012 Mastectomy: Right Hormonal Therapy 8/23/2012 Radiation Therapy 9/30/2012 Breast Surgery 7/29/2013 Reconstruction (right): DIEP flap

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