Apr 9, 2018 08:06AM Luckynumber47 wrote:
I often feel that we're doing a real disservice to the newbies with all our frank talk about the POSSIBLE side effects of tamoxifen and the AIs. I know I was scared to death to take the first one - certain my life would be over from that one little pill. But you know what? Nothing happened. Knock on wood, 2 years later, I am still side effect free. I'm the same age as you, wonderingcancersurvivor, and you won't believe the things I've done in those 2 years. I painted the outside of my house, knocked down interior walls, remodeled a kitchen and 2 bathrooms, did several big landscaping projects and right now I'm in the middle of ripping up basement carpet and sanding off all the old glue. I refuse to let a little pill stop me. It didn't make me old, it made me determined!
What is it about this little pill that makes us so afraid? Dr says we need chemo - ok, if you say so. They say we need radiation. Well, I guess I can do that too. But that little pill leaves us quaking in our boots. Is it because we take it ourselves or that it's just the last straw in the whole scary bunch of treatments?
Everything has side side effects. I went into anaphylactic shock from over the counter Aleve, had horrible hives from prednisone and can't have garlic without hours of misery. We just need to be aware of possible side effects and discuss any issues we have with our MO so that we can take the best possible care of our own health. If one has debilitating side effects, then by all means, stop taking them. Quality of life is important. But don't just assume those issues without at least trying.
wonderingcancersurvivor, you asked about whether the pills help prevent a recurrance or a metastasis and the answer is yes. They are systemic treatments - in case any undetected cells escaped these drugs keep them from getting fuel to grow. My dr called it my insurance policy and I happily take it every day so I can thumb my nose at this horrible disease.