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Risks and benefits, side effects, and costs of anti-estrogen medications. Note: Please remember that there are good experiences and bad with ALL treatments and this is a safe place to share YOUR experience, not to be influenced or influence others.

Posted on: Dec 31, 2008 12:22PM - edited Nov 15, 2017 01:04PM by Moderators

nanna wrote:

I STARTED TAKING FEMARA ABOUT 2 WKS AGO. WHEN DOES THE SIDE EFFECTS START TO KICK IN

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Dx 6/27/2008, ILC, 1cm, Stage I, Grade 1, 0/1 nodes, HER2+
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Jan 27, 2018 12:13PM Indigo29 wrote:

BJsmiller, thank you for the benedryl suggestion- anything for a decent nights sleep!!.

Recently, I’ve also recently been getting sharp pains whenever I pick anything up with my right hand. The pain shoots up from my wrist all the way up to my elbow. I wonder if that’s due to the letrezole . My oncologist said that the SE start around the 2nd month ,( which is where I’m at now ), of taking the anti hormone meds and peak around the 6 month mark which is very daunting .

I hope that the Aromasin treats you better :)





Dx 1/2017, IDC, Left, 1cm, Stage IIA, Grade 3, 1/3 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 3/2/2017 Lumpectomy: Left; Lymph node removal: Left, Sentinel Chemotherapy 4/9/2017 AC + T (Taxol) Hormonal Therapy Femara (letrozole) Radiation Therapy Whole-breast: Breast
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Jan 27, 2018 12:13PM Mimidi wrote:

I am coming off because of my age(71) I want quality of life instead of quanity.

Dx 11/11/2010, IDC, 4cm, Stage IIIA, Grade 3, 4/18 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 11/16/2010 Lymph node removal: Left; Mastectomy: Left; Reconstruction (left): Free TRAM flap Chemotherapy 1/12/2011 Abraxane (albumin-bound or nab-paclitaxel), Adriamycin (doxorubicin), Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxotere (docetaxel) Radiation Therapy 7/5/2011 Breast, Lymph nodes Hormonal Therapy 7/31/2011 Femara (letrozole)
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Jan 27, 2018 01:23PM 2FUN wrote:

mimi, this is the only time I wish I was older! I just can't make that decision at 55! I think I could make the same decision in my 70s. I hope your QOL improves!!

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Jan 27, 2018 07:26PM Mimidi wrote:

Yes honey you are much younger. It has just hit me that I can not have that many hormones floating around anymore. I will be continuing to keep up my blood work and having my scans and mammograms. I just choose not to add unwanted chemicals to my body any longer. I do hope some of the side effects will lessen. The long lasting chemo effects are still there. Chemo is the gift is the gift that keeps on giving. But what do you do.


Dx 11/11/2010, IDC, 4cm, Stage IIIA, Grade 3, 4/18 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 11/16/2010 Lymph node removal: Left; Mastectomy: Left; Reconstruction (left): Free TRAM flap Chemotherapy 1/12/2011 Abraxane (albumin-bound or nab-paclitaxel), Adriamycin (doxorubicin), Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxotere (docetaxel) Radiation Therapy 7/5/2011 Breast, Lymph nodes Hormonal Therapy 7/31/2011 Femara (letrozole)
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Jan 28, 2018 08:24PM 2FUN wrote:

Mimi, I think it is funny(well not really) that I have spent my whole life eating organic and staying away from chemicals etc. I never did birth control b//c I did not want all those extra chemicals in my body. and now here I am! Maybe it would have happened sooner!LOL


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Jan 28, 2018 09:30PM Mimidi wrote:

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Dx 11/11/2010, IDC, 4cm, Stage IIIA, Grade 3, 4/18 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 11/16/2010 Lymph node removal: Left; Mastectomy: Left; Reconstruction (left): Free TRAM flap Chemotherapy 1/12/2011 Abraxane (albumin-bound or nab-paclitaxel), Adriamycin (doxorubicin), Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxotere (docetaxel) Radiation Therapy 7/5/2011 Breast, Lymph nodes Hormonal Therapy 7/31/2011 Femara (letrozole)
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Jan 29, 2018 08:32PM Taco1946 wrote:

60 days of Femora after 7 months of arimidex. MO switched me because of headaches. General aches also seem much better but I feel like an emotional roller-coaster. Losing my patience very easily over very minor things. And then I'm mad at myself. Back to MO? anti-anxiety medication? From MO or FP? Opinions welcomed.

Dx 11/22/2016, IDC, Left, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, 0/3 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2+ Radiation Therapy 12/29/2016 Balloon-catheter: Breast Chemotherapy 2/3/2017 Taxol (paclitaxel) Targeted Therapy 2/3/2017 Herceptin (trastuzumab) Hormonal Therapy 12/4/2017 Femara (letrozole) Targeted Therapy Surgery Lumpectomy: Left; Lymph node removal: Sentinel, Underarm/Axillary
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Jan 29, 2018 10:40PM Lula73 wrote:

Taco- glad the pains are better, sorry you’re on edge. You could try short term solutions like Xanax to start or see about some Wellbutrin, Effexor or Lexapro. Either your FP or MO should be able to prescribe them. If your MO will just call something in with a phone call or email to him, I’d go that route. If an office visit is required then I’d go with whichever doc has lower copay and could get me in the quickest. Hope this helps!

-Lula Dx 1/2017, DCIS/IDC, Right, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 1, 0/2 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 2/14/2017 Lymph node removal: Sentinel; Mastectomy: Left, Right; Prophylactic ovary removal; Reconstruction (left): DIEP flap; Reconstruction (right): DIEP flap Hormonal Therapy 3/3/2017 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone) Surgery 11/1/2017 Prophylactic ovary removal Hormonal Therapy 1/3/2018 Femara (letrozole)
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Jan 30, 2018 07:20AM gkbuser wrote:

taco, sorry about tha rollercoaster ride. I also have mood swings and find myself crying alot. I spoke to my loved ones and explained the side effects and that I wanted to stay on the meds if possible. If you feel you need the meds either MD can do just make sure your MO knows. I just felt like for me the side effects kept leading to them offering more meds and more meds. I have started yoga (which I do on DVD at home) and chamomile tea to help me relax. I take somethin for sleep to make sure my body is rested. Do a lot of self care. Make sure you are having fun and doing things you like - without guilt. Good luck and keep us informed. Hugs

Dx 10/24/2016, LCIS/ILC, Right, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 1, 0/2 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 11/10/2016 Lumpectomy: Right Hormonal Therapy Femara (letrozole), Zoladex (goserelin) Radiation Therapy Whole-breast: Breast
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Jan 30, 2018 08:57PM - edited Jan 30, 2018 08:59PM by HoneyBeaw

Taco

Im sorry you are having issue, While I have not had any issues I can say are directly related to Letrozole, I to have the mood swings and I did have to get anti-anxiety medication from Dr. Some days Im playing with my dogs and 10 mins later I hate them. I find myself biting my lip 100 times a day and have a very low tolerance for BS. Is this the meds or just life and dealing with the added stress of this bomb that got dropped on us. I don't know . Actually I guess I do have one side effect from the medicine, Im gaining weight like crazy and its making me miserable whch might be the reason for my attitude. When my FAT pants are getting tight its time to do something, but then again Im lazy when it comes actually working out on any kind of machine or boring video. A friend told me of a good quality Hemp oil that has worked wonders for her ( NO its does not contain THC) as in Marijuana. I wish you well, PLease let us know how things are going for you .

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Surgery 11/27/2016 Lumpectomy: Left Dx 12/5/2016, IDC, Left, 2cm, Stage IIB, Grade 2, 1/3 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 12/26/2016 Lymph node removal: Underarm/Axillary; Mastectomy: Left Chemotherapy 1/16/2017 Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxotere (docetaxel)
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Jan 30, 2018 09:10PM 2FUN wrote:

Honey, come join us on the "lets post our daily exercise "thread, It is a good place for encouragement!

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Jan 31, 2018 01:10AM - edited Jan 31, 2018 01:14AM by Lula73

HapB- yes I'm able to function. The anti-anxiety meds actually make it so I'm able to function much better. I was already on Wellbutrin daily and Xanax only for times of severe stress for years before breast cancer entered the picture. I have a high stress job, dealt with 2 prior cancers as an adult before the BC diagnosis, family stress with sick in-laws that my DH & I were the primary caregivers for and plenty of various drama with my family. I took myself off the Wellbutrin when I started tamoxifen (drug-drug interaction) but had to go back on it (and happy to) when I started femara. Many people think of these meds as an unnecessary crutch and that you should just be able to deal with life. If only it were that easy. The reality is that the brain isn't getting enough serotonin and/or norepinephrine to keep you on an even keel. There are many reasons this can happen including stress from the outside, stress from within, and/or physical stress. A significant drop in estrogen from menopause and/or anti-hormonal therapy is 1 of many causes. The meds help correct that so that you can function.

I’m far more worried about literally choking to death on the extra calcium, magnesium, and biotin pills I now have to take.

-Lula Dx 1/2017, DCIS/IDC, Right, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 1, 0/2 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 2/14/2017 Lymph node removal: Sentinel; Mastectomy: Left, Right; Prophylactic ovary removal; Reconstruction (left): DIEP flap; Reconstruction (right): DIEP flap Hormonal Therapy 3/3/2017 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone) Surgery 11/1/2017 Prophylactic ovary removal Hormonal Therapy 1/3/2018 Femara (letrozole)
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Jan 31, 2018 06:00PM Taco1946 wrote:

Thanks for your advice. I had another terrible day today. I've decided that if I am still the "crazy" next week, I will ask for an appointment with MO (not scheduled to see her again until April). I think part of my anxiety is "anniversary" related. Started chemo a year ago this week, my best friend died etc. I had expected to get my anniversary doctors appointments over this week and it just isn't happening. And I am spending way, way too much time listing for the beeps on the answering machines. I do have some xanax left from surgery.

Dx 11/22/2016, IDC, Left, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, 0/3 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2+ Radiation Therapy 12/29/2016 Balloon-catheter: Breast Chemotherapy 2/3/2017 Taxol (paclitaxel) Targeted Therapy 2/3/2017 Herceptin (trastuzumab) Hormonal Therapy 12/4/2017 Femara (letrozole) Targeted Therapy Surgery Lumpectomy: Left; Lymph node removal: Sentinel, Underarm/Axillary
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Jan 31, 2018 10:28PM 6cats wrote:

Just had my 3-month blood work done since I was switched from Femara to tamoxifen. When I switched I had high cholesterol and triglycerides. After 3 months both have dropped by over 60 points into normal range. I have been taking some supplements to help, but don't know if the switch or the supplements did the trick. Just happy I didn't need another pill!

Lynn Dx 3/15/2013, IDC, Right, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, 0/3 nodes, ER-/PR-, HER2+ (FISH) Surgery 3/28/2013 Lumpectomy: Right; Lymph node removal: Right, Sentinel Radiation Therapy 4/3/2013 Balloon-catheter: Breast Chemotherapy 4/24/2013 AC Targeted Therapy 6/26/2013 Herceptin (trastuzumab) Chemotherapy 6/26/2013 Taxol (paclitaxel) Dx 3/17/2017, IDC, Left, <1cm, Stage IA, Grade 1, 0/3 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 4/3/2017 Lumpectomy: Left; Lymph node removal: Sentinel Hormonal Therapy 4/14/2017 Femara (letrozole) Radiation Therapy 4/23/2017 Whole-breast: Breast
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Jan 31, 2018 11:46PM Shelly52 wrote:

Hello ladies. I read your comments and so much of it sounds like it could be me talking. I desperately need a magic cure for weight gain and hair loss. I promise I will manage my moodiness better if I could just fix these two things! Do share info on the hemp oil.

Shelly52 Dx 6/9/2015, IDC, Right, 2cm, Stage IIA, Grade 3, 0/5 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2- Surgery 7/22/2015 Mastectomy: Right; Reconstruction (right): DIEP flap Chemotherapy 9/10/2015 AC + T (Taxol) Hormonal Therapy 2/20/2016 Femara (letrozole) Hormonal Therapy 3/28/2017 Aromasin (exemestane) Surgery Prophylactic ovary removal
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Feb 1, 2018 11:19AM Roaming_Star wrote:

Hello, I just thought I would join this conversation as I start Femara I believe in March. My GP phoned yesterday and I guess I have got to get the baseline tests for bone density and heart disease. I am 47 and looking at the high rate of bone fractures on this therapy and I think - jeesh I am going to be doomed with crippling skeletal issues before I even reach retirement (assuming I live that long). I also see that you take one drug to help deal with cancer but then you got to take another drug to help deal with the side effects of that one...

Do you find that your mental state - thoughts/emotions are impacted by Femara? I'm already being treated for major depression. This cancer diagnosis and treatments has just reeked havoc on me and I'm struggling every day to cope with it all. So I am wondering if my meds will need to be changed again while on Femera. Any one else diagnosed with a mental health issue and taking Femara?

Diagnosed at age 46. Taking low dose naltrexone as 30% of cancer patients have low endorphins impacting the body's immune system to kill cancer stem cells. Dx 5/24/2017, IDC, Left, 2cm, Stage IIIB, Grade 3, ER+/PR+, HER2- Chemotherapy 6/9/2017 AC + T (Taxol) Surgery 11/24/2017 Lymph node removal: Underarm/Axillary; Mastectomy Dx 12/6/2017, LCIS/IDC/IDC: Tubular, Left, 1cm, Stage IIIA, Grade 2, 6/16 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Radiation Therapy 2/5/2018 Whole-breast: Lymph nodes, Chest wall Hormonal Therapy 3/14/2018 Femara (letrozole)
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Feb 1, 2018 01:27PM Lula73 wrote:

Shelly-biotin supplements helped with my hair loss. Start with 2500mg/day and bump to 5000mg/day if needed. If that doesn’t work, try a product called It Works. It was recommended by one of the nurses I had at the hospital for women like us. Weight is tricky. A good option is to try to make veggies and protein the primary foods on your plate. You still need carbs, but they should only make up about 1/4 of your plate. The veggies and protein will also help you feel fuller between meals. Staying active in your daily life also helps. If you are taking anything for anxiety or depression or for hot flashes, check to see if there is a more weight friendly option.

Roaming Star-I take Wellbutrin everyday for anxiety and clonazepam when needed. I have not had to change up my meds while on femara. My GYN recommended adding Zoloft to my regimen to help with hot flashes and I had to stop it because it made me so very tired. I’d rather flash than need to sleep all day. Hope this helps!


-Lula Dx 1/2017, DCIS/IDC, Right, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 1, 0/2 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 2/14/2017 Lymph node removal: Sentinel; Mastectomy: Left, Right; Prophylactic ovary removal; Reconstruction (left): DIEP flap; Reconstruction (right): DIEP flap Hormonal Therapy 3/3/2017 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone) Surgery 11/1/2017 Prophylactic ovary removal Hormonal Therapy 1/3/2018 Femara (letrozole)
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Feb 1, 2018 08:46PM Taco1946 wrote:

I certainly am finding myself more short tempered and bothered by "the small stuff" since I started femora. Not to the point of wanting professional intervention but I did storm out of the lab in tears yesterday when they couldn't find my mammogram order. Had to reschedule that and my 6 month appointment with BS. Cancer certainly is a gift that keeps on giving!

Dx 11/22/2016, IDC, Left, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, 0/3 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2+ Radiation Therapy 12/29/2016 Balloon-catheter: Breast Chemotherapy 2/3/2017 Taxol (paclitaxel) Targeted Therapy 2/3/2017 Herceptin (trastuzumab) Hormonal Therapy 12/4/2017 Femara (letrozole) Targeted Therapy Surgery Lumpectomy: Left; Lymph node removal: Sentinel, Underarm/Axillary
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Feb 3, 2018 12:04AM Roaming_Star wrote:

Good to know that you both didn't need to change or have medication for drepession or anxiety while on Femara. Thanks for your responses!

Diagnosed at age 46. Taking low dose naltrexone as 30% of cancer patients have low endorphins impacting the body's immune system to kill cancer stem cells. Dx 5/24/2017, IDC, Left, 2cm, Stage IIIB, Grade 3, ER+/PR+, HER2- Chemotherapy 6/9/2017 AC + T (Taxol) Surgery 11/24/2017 Lymph node removal: Underarm/Axillary; Mastectomy Dx 12/6/2017, LCIS/IDC/IDC: Tubular, Left, 1cm, Stage IIIA, Grade 2, 6/16 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Radiation Therapy 2/5/2018 Whole-breast: Lymph nodes, Chest wall Hormonal Therapy 3/14/2018 Femara (letrozole)
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Feb 3, 2018 01:50AM Shelly52 wrote:

thank you Lula. I’m already in Biotin but am going to check into It Works!! I need to work harder on mamas girl my weight. I’ve always been fairly thin so this is all new to me. Thanks for the tips.

Shelly52 Dx 6/9/2015, IDC, Right, 2cm, Stage IIA, Grade 3, 0/5 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2- Surgery 7/22/2015 Mastectomy: Right; Reconstruction (right): DIEP flap Chemotherapy 9/10/2015 AC + T (Taxol) Hormonal Therapy 2/20/2016 Femara (letrozole) Hormonal Therapy 3/28/2017 Aromasin (exemestane) Surgery Prophylactic ovary removal
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Feb 3, 2018 05:36AM 2FUN wrote:

I think meditation, mindfulness,yoga etc can all be useful for helping with mood isdues. Obviously professional help is also useful, and sometimes necessary.

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Feb 3, 2018 09:32AM NotBrokenJustBent wrote:

I am wondering what my MO would think about half dose of Femara. Is anyone aware of studies on this? How was this dose of 2.5 mg established? I have to assume it was not arbitrary but perhaps it was just the dosage where at higher levels the SEs became unmanageable. After 5 years i will inquire about that half dose option. That should offer some level of protection and give me some peace of mind while causing less SEs. Thoughts?

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Feb 3, 2018 09:58AM KBeee wrote:

With people with severe liver disease, the dosage is 2.5 every other day. My guess is that the 2.5 is the dosage required to get the effect needed, but that's a guess; I did not go back and read the phase II trials, which are the trials where they determine dosage.

Karen. Dx 8/5/2013, IDC, Right, 1cm, Grade 2, 0/1 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- (IHC) Surgery 8/25/2013 Mastectomy: Left, Right Chemotherapy 9/19/2013 Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxotere (docetaxel) Hormonal Therapy 12/11/2013 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone) Surgery 1/22/2014 Reconstruction (left); Reconstruction (right) Surgery 1/28/2015 Lumpectomy: Right Dx 2/2/2015, IDC, Right, 1cm, Grade 2, 0/0 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2- (FISH) Surgery 2/24/2015 Lumpectomy: Right; Lymph node removal: Right, Sentinel, Underarm/Axillary; Prophylactic ovary removal Dx 2/25/2015, IDC, Right, 1cm, Grade 3, 0/13 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2- (IHC) Chemotherapy 3/30/2015 AC + T (Taxol) Radiation Therapy 8/24/2015 Whole-breast: Breast, Lymph nodes, Chest wall Hormonal Therapy Femara (letrozole)
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Feb 3, 2018 10:55AM marijen wrote:

http://cancerres.aacrjournals.org/content/68/12/45...

Stopping Treatment Can Reverse Acquired Resistance to Letrozole
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Feb 3, 2018 11:07AM marijen wrote:

Cancer Prev Res (Phila). Author manuscript; available in PMC 2017 Feb 1.

Published in final edited form as:

Cancer Prev Res (Phila). 2016 Feb; 9(2): 142–148. Published online 2015 Dec 14. doi: 10.1158/1940-6207.CAPR-15-0322PMCID: PMC4740217

NIHMSID: NIHMS745043

Double-blind, Randomized Trial of Alternative Letrozole Dosing Regimens in Postmenopausal Women with Increased Breast Cancer Risk Ana Maria López,1 Sandhya Pruthi,2 Judy C. Boughey,3 Marjorie Perloff,4 Chiu-Hsieh Hsu,5 Julie E. Lang,6 Michele Ley,5 Denise Frank,5 Josephine A. Taverna,5 and H-H Sherry Chow5Author information ► Copyright and License information ►The publisher's final edited version of this article is available free at Cancer Prev Res (Phila)Go to: Abstract

Aromatase inhibitors (AIs) profoundly suppress estrogen levels in postmenopausal women and are effective in breast cancer prevention among high-risk postmenopausal women. Unfortunately, AI treatment is associated with undesirable side effects that limit patient acceptance for primary prevention of breast cancer. A double-blind, randomized trial was conducted to determine whether low and intermittent doses of letrozole can achieve effective estrogen suppression with a more favorable side effect profile. Overall, 112 postmenopausal women at increased risk for breast cancer were randomized to receive letrozole at 2.5 mg once daily (QD, standard dose arm), 2.5 mg every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday (Q-MWF), 1.0 mg Q-MWF or 0.25 mg Q-MWF for 24 weeks. Primary endpoint was suppression in serum estradiol levels at the end of letrozole intervention. Secondary endpoints included changes in serum estrone, testosterone, C-telopeptide (marker of bone resorption), lipid profile and quality of life measures (QoL) following treatment. Significant estrogen suppression was observed in all dose arms with an average of 75 – 78% and 86 – 93% reduction in serum estradiol and estrone levels, respectively. There were no differences among dose arms with respect to changes in C-telopeptide levels, lipid profile, adverse events (AEs) or QoL measures. We conclude that low and intermittent doses of letrozole are not inferior to standard dose in estrogen suppression and resulted in a similar side effect profile compared to standard dose. Further studies are needed to determine the feasibility of selecting an effective AI dosing schedule with better tolerability.

Keywords: letrozole, dosing regimens, breast cancer risk, estrogen suppression


https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC47402...!po=36.9565



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Feb 3, 2018 12:05PM NotBrokenJustBent wrote:

Marijen, as always good info but if i am understanding this, lower doses did not help w QOL issues. Regardless, this might well be a better route to go especially after 5 years. I am leaning this way and it could well perpetuate the effectiveness for longer term use.

I wish i could go to a bc center as opposed to just a generic MO. There is so much info for doctors to keep up with. I am grateful for this board.

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Feb 3, 2018 12:18PM marijen wrote:

NBJB - The only way to know for sure how it works for you is to try it.

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Feb 3, 2018 12:31PM NotBrokenJustBent wrote:

True Marijen. I have another year so who knows what will be the guidelines then but half dose sounds like a good option. Thanks for your post.

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Feb 7, 2018 01:06PM RobinOhio wrote:

Hi Yall - I've been on Letrozole for 7 days now. The First day - I felt depression like I've never felt before, how can that happen so quickly? Since then, I started taking my 2.5 pill in the evening, that seems to help somewhat with the depressed feeling. But I've had a headache every single day. The only thing that helps are the 800mg ibuprofens I had left from one of the surgeries, but I know that is not great for my kidneys. I've had some night sweats but I can deal with that. The head aches, the feeling of just being off.....

All of my docs except GP seem to want to push anti-depressants. I'm not depressed. Matter of fact I was feeling pretty darn good before I started taking this drug. I'm not against anti-depressants, but really? Is there another way? Does this get better?


What else I can do?



Dx 7/18/2017, IDC, Left, <1cm, Stage IA, Grade 1, 0/2 nodes, PR+, HER2- Surgery 9/1/2017 Lymph node removal: Sentinel; Mastectomy: Left, Right; Reconstruction (left): Nipple reconstruction, Silicone implant, Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Nipple reconstruction, Silicone implant, Tissue expander placement Hormonal Therapy 2/1/2018 Femara (letrozole)
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Feb 7, 2018 01:44PM Roaming_Star wrote:

RobinOhio - that is not good. I wonder if that will change for you as your body adjusts? Seems a bit early for anti-depressants. Have they said how long it would take to normalize in your system? Hang in there and keep us posted on how its going.

Diagnosed at age 46. Taking low dose naltrexone as 30% of cancer patients have low endorphins impacting the body's immune system to kill cancer stem cells. Dx 5/24/2017, IDC, Left, 2cm, Stage IIIB, Grade 3, ER+/PR+, HER2- Chemotherapy 6/9/2017 AC + T (Taxol) Surgery 11/24/2017 Lymph node removal: Underarm/Axillary; Mastectomy Dx 12/6/2017, LCIS/IDC/IDC: Tubular, Left, 1cm, Stage IIIA, Grade 2, 6/16 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Radiation Therapy 2/5/2018 Whole-breast: Lymph nodes, Chest wall Hormonal Therapy 3/14/2018 Femara (letrozole)

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