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Forum: Hormonal Therapy - Before, During, and After —

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: Jul 10, 2012 07:46AM - edited Nov 15, 2017 02:07PM by Moderators

nancyjac wrote:

I found a couple of older threads about Arimidex, but they covered a large time span with a gazillion posts, so I thought I would start a new thread for Arimidex/Anastrozole users.

I am starting on Anastrozole today. Plan is to take it for 5 years, possibly longer. I already have osteopenia and osteoarthritis (limited to one knee at this point), so I am most concerned about the bone and joint side effects. I'm already frustrated by finally having some energy and stamina back after chemo and radiation, but now I have trouble exercising due to the bum knee. I'm concerned about that getting to be even more of a problem on the Anastrozole.

Please share you experiences, side effects, questions etc. about Armidex/Anastrozole here.

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Dx 11/2011, IBC, Stage IIIB, Grade 2, ER+/PR+, HER2+ Targeted Therapy 12/7/2011 Herceptin (trastuzumab) Chemotherapy 12/7/2011 Carboplatin (Paraplatin), Taxotere (docetaxel) Surgery 4/10/2012 Mastectomy: Left, Right Surgery 4/17/2012 Mastectomy: Left Surgery 4/19/2012 Mastectomy: Left Radiation Therapy 5/29/2012 Breast, Lymph nodes, Bone Hormonal Therapy 7/10/2012 Arimidex (anastrozole)
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Dec 8, 2019 09:38AM HikingLady wrote:

Maeven Wow, big sympathy to you. It's hard to have all this at once. I love the idea of a female MO--my original one was, but she left the practice. I have had a REALLY empathetic and compassionate, good communicator since then, even though he's a man. One way I found him was to call up the RN's at that practice and describe what kind of doc I wanted (good communicator, empathetic, compassionate), and they came up with this doc, and he is exactly that.

If you would feel comfortable sharing your breast cancer information publicly with us, we can understand better where you are in your diagnosis and treatment journey. It's in My Profile, and you set your information to Public, and it will appear below your post. Helps everyone appreciate the different situations of each of our journeys.

As for fatigue, that sounds like what you should put your attention to. At the end of my radiation, it took several weeks to turn around the fatigue. A lot of extra water---drink and hydrate. That will also help with the Anastrozole. All that 'old lady' feeling (joint creakiness, fatigue) got better after a few months. For me, getting some kind of exercise every day has also helped a lot. I do it first thing each day, or I find excuses, and it doesn't happen. When I get up and move for an hour (swimming, walking, etc.), I'm much more comfortable the rest of the day.

You've been through TRAUMA, yes, it's being put through the wringer, for sure. So, treat it that way, and meet your own needs first. In the airplane, we're told to put our own oxygen mask on first. Take care of yourself, whatever that means, as far as hydration, exercise, rest, good nutrition, and deciding how much socializing and interaction and when. Whatever helps you feel stronger, inside and out.

Dx 3/2003, IDC, Right, <1cm, Stage IA, 0/2 nodes, ER+, HER2- Surgery 4/8/2003 Lumpectomy Radiation Therapy 6/9/2003 3DCRT: Breast Hormonal Therapy 8/7/2003 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone) Dx 4/25/2018, IDC, Right, <1cm, Stage IIA, Grade 3, 0/2 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2- Surgery 5/22/2018 Lymph node removal: Right, Sentinel; Mastectomy: Left, Right; Prophylactic mastectomy: Left; Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Chemotherapy 6/25/2018 Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxotere (docetaxel) Hormonal Therapy 11/6/2018 Arimidex (anastrozole) Surgery 1/2/2019 Reconstruction (left): Silicone implant; Reconstruction (right): Silicone implant
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Dec 8, 2019 11:40AM - edited Dec 8, 2019 11:48AM by Maeven

Scrafgal

Nottingham score: I do not know about the Nottingham score. I had the Oncotype DX test for the breast cancer. Although my sccore was 32 the local Doctors with our agreement decided against chemo and for radiation and hormone supression. Because of the high score, it may still not be off the table.

My pathology report results as presented to us by the surgeon and the oncology Dr. stated stage one since the tumor was 4cm but grade 8-9 for type of cancer aggressiveness. Seven years ago, I had endometrial cancer. Again it was stage one but then the grade was 6 for agressiveness.

I just googled Nottingham score and found this: https://www.oncolink.org/frequently-asked-questions/cancers/nottingham-score-for-breast-cancer

I am presuming from your question and the resultant reading that I received both the Nottingham score and the Onco DX test and score.

On Vitamin D: I am glad you wrote. I was helped by you mentioning your testing and then routine with taking vitamin D , and calcium. My Doctor did not suggest a base line test or taking these items until I mentioned them. I then found out that I was taking the vitamin D at the wrong time of the day to be effective. I cannot recommend this "Dr". However, checking the information it seems the video is accurate in how to most effectively take D vitamin.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6TilqdPb-FI

Still baffling: I must admit even with this being my second round of cancer, it is still baffling to me and so I am on the search for an onco who can help my husband and I to comprehend better and follow the best path more effectively. Thanks for being a part of the positive process and hopefully progress.

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Dec 8, 2019 11:57AM Maeven wrote:

fac 3

Good luck with your primary on Monday. I am glad to hear that she is receptive to suggestions and responsive to your needs. Also, will be thinking of you as you start the Anastrozole. It has been a bumpy ride for me, that I think is easing a bit as I comprehend more, have support, and come to terms.. In this together.

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Dec 8, 2019 12:09PM Maeven wrote:

Hiking Lady

I always appreciate the oxygen mask analogy. Good reminder. Thank you. I also appreciate the reference to having been through trauma. Although cancer has not been the greatest heartache or trauma in my life, it has been one of them. It doe not compare to the death of a child. I have been fortunate to have moved from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder to Post Traumatic Growth with an order to my life. I know that what I am going through now, is less about personal resiliency and more about affirming the deep lessons I have learned in the Post Traumatic Growth process. This too will pass and I will move deeper into the grief and poignant pain into the peace that is often beyond my understanding.

And you were right on target. The fatigue is the number one challenge. Fatigue can develop into intertia so keeping the body moving is essential. I return to my Bone Builders group as soon as this cold resides.. Helps. Thank you for your compassion and suggestions.

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Dec 8, 2019 03:17PM Scrafgal wrote:

Maeven, my ER/PR+ HER2- tumor was 4.4cm and Grade 3 (same 8-9 nottingham score as yours). My ki67 ws 90%. My oncotype was 46. My stage was 2, under the old system, but likely would be stage 1 under the new system--not that it matters, since I've already been treate. Despite the size of my tumor, I was node negative (confirmed after surgical patholoy). I was diagnosed at exactly 50 and opted for a mastectomy with chemo (no radiaton needed since I was confirmed node negative). Have they told you whether they believe that you are node negative?

Dx 12/2016, IDC, Right, 4cm, Stage IIA, Grade 3, 0/7 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 2/6/2017 Mastectomy: Right; Reconstruction (right): Silicone implant, Tissue expander placement Chemotherapy 3/22/2017 Taxol (paclitaxel) Chemotherapy 6/15/2017 FAC Hormonal Therapy 9/25/2017 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone) Surgery 10/13/2017 Reconstruction (right): Fat grafting, Silicone implant Surgery 5/9/2018 Reconstruction (left): Fat grafting, Silicone implant; Reconstruction (right): Fat grafting Surgery 10/16/2018 Reconstruction (right): Nipple tattoo Surgery 5/9/2019 Reconstruction (left): Fat grafting; Reconstruction (right): Fat grafting Hormonal Therapy 7/23/2019 Arimidex (anastrozole) Surgery 9/6/2019 Reconstruction (right): Nipple tattoo
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Dec 8, 2019 05:29PM Maeven wrote:

Scrafgal

Fortunately no cancer found in the lymph nodes. In that way, I got off easier. Had a good day today. Did a small amount of shopping for the grandkids Christmas and got a small real table top Christmas tree. Had fun. Bit of felt progress.

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Dec 8, 2019 06:50PM thisiknow wrote:

I like this thread and am learning a few things. Thanks to Maeven for the link that explains the Nottingham score/Grade. Now I have a question. Although my masses that are IDC are Grade 1, my DCIS masses both say Highgrade... so what does that mean? Anybody know?

Age 72 @dx - Oncotype 4 & 15 Dx 7/14/2019, DCIS/IDC, Both breasts, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 1, 0/3 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- (FISH) Surgery 9/10/2019 Lumpectomy: Left, Right; Lymph node removal: Sentinel Radiation Therapy 10/28/2019 Whole-breast: Breast Hormonal Therapy 12/18/2019 Arimidex (anastrozole)
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Dec 8, 2019 08:06PM - edited Dec 8, 2019 08:07PM by MACTAZ

Thisiknow, highgrqde typically speaks to the aggressiveness speed at which the cells grow. I found this definition...

All DCIS is considered "stage 0 breast cancer" – or the earliest stage possible. Once DCIS as an early stage cancer is confirmed, it may be given a specific DCIS 'grade' based upon the particular kinds of cells which are growing, the characteristics of their nuclei and their growth patterns. The lower the grade, the more slowly the cancer cells grow and the more closely they resemble normal breast cells. Based on this information, the pathologist will describe the DCIS as either grade one (low), grade two (medium) or grade three (high)

Neo-adjunct therapy-TCHP (6 infusions ), Single MX right with TE, reconstruction-reduction and lift of left, implant and nipple reconstruction (3 surgeries), adjunct therapy H&P (11 infusions), hormone therapy. Dx 8/14/2018, IDC, Right, 2cm, Stage IB, Grade 3, ER+/PR+, HER2+ Dx 8/14/2018, IDC, Right, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, 1/2 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2+ (DUAL) Dx 9/19/2018, DCIS, Right, <1cm, Stage 0, Grade 3
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Dec 8, 2019 10:22PM - edited Dec 8, 2019 10:22PM by thisiknow

MACTAZ ... as you said,"....the pathologist will describe the DCIS as either grade one (low), grade two (medium) or grade three (high)"

It's the language that confuses me. They called my IDC "Grade 1" but my DCIS "Highgrade." So does that mean that my pre-cancer is very aggressive? Thanks for your response.

Age 72 @dx - Oncotype 4 & 15 Dx 7/14/2019, DCIS/IDC, Both breasts, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 1, 0/3 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- (FISH) Surgery 9/10/2019 Lumpectomy: Left, Right; Lymph node removal: Sentinel Radiation Therapy 10/28/2019 Whole-breast: Breast Hormonal Therapy 12/18/2019 Arimidex (anastrozole)
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Dec 8, 2019 11:56PM Krose53 wrote:

Maven, I was curious i have only heard of grade 1-3. I've never heard of 1-9. Are you in the the US? Am I misunderstanding something? I've also only heard of stage 0-4, not 1-3. Thanks for the info.

Dx 11/16/2017, ILC/IDC, Both breasts, 1cm, Stage IIA, Grade 2, 2/5 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- (FISH) Surgery 12/27/2017 Mastectomy: Left, Right Chemotherapy 1/22/2018 Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxotere (docetaxel) Hormonal Therapy 4/1/2018
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Dec 9, 2019 12:43AM - edited Dec 9, 2019 12:43AM by thisiknow

Krose53 ...here's the link again for the Nottingham scoring given above which will explain things about the 1-9 score.

https://www.oncolink.org/frequently-asked-questions/cancers/nottingham-score-for-breast-cancer

Age 72 @dx - Oncotype 4 & 15 Dx 7/14/2019, DCIS/IDC, Both breasts, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 1, 0/3 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- (FISH) Surgery 9/10/2019 Lumpectomy: Left, Right; Lymph node removal: Sentinel Radiation Therapy 10/28/2019 Whole-breast: Breast Hormonal Therapy 12/18/2019 Arimidex (anastrozole)
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Dec 9, 2019 01:08AM - edited Dec 9, 2019 01:10AM by Maeven

Krose,

In addition, here is the American Cancer Society explanation of grades:

https://www.cancer.org/cancer/breast-cancer/understanding-a-breast-cancer-diagnosis/breast-cancer-grades.html

Challenging to comprehend and/ or explain.

May we feel strong and self compassionate whatever our stage and /or grade . May we feel together tonight/today in gratitude for each other.. Thank you.

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Dec 9, 2019 04:34AM Humblepeace wrote:

Peregrinelady and HikingLady, Thanks for responding. I do need to drink more water. I'm not dehydrated but only drink two bottled waters a day and nurse a 12oz coffee all evening at work. Just typing that makes me realize I need more hydration. I also do not have the urge to drink.

I have had so many se's Tamoxifen first for six months and now Arimidex for18 months. Dizziness, lightheadedness, neuropathy, and joint pain just to name a few. Some side effects subsided after several months but have returned. I'm so done with testing for all these side effects. I'm grateful nothing is found, but wish I didn't have a reason for checking. Thanks ladies for letting me vent.

Dx 3/2017, IDC, Right, Stage IIA, Grade 3, ER+ Hormonal Therapy 6/11/2018 Arimidex (anastrozole) Surgery Lymph node removal: Right; Mastectomy: Right Radiation Therapy Whole-breast: Breast Chemotherapy
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Dec 9, 2019 08:25AM Maeven wrote:

Fac 03 In my thoughts today as you visit with your primary.

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Dec 9, 2019 03:55PM - edited Dec 9, 2019 03:56PM by Cali58

Hi everyone! I am wondering if any of you has developed trigger finger due to Anastrazole. I was taking Arimidex, but switched to Anastrazole by Accord when Arimidex went up in price. I started taking Anastrazole in August 2017. Then took Arimidex for about 1 year until price went up. Also, I recently developed hip joint pain. I might go back to taking name brand Arimidex to see if it makes a difference.

In the meantime, has anyone developed trigger finger? If so, what have you done to resolve the issue?

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Dec 9, 2019 04:08PM - edited Dec 9, 2019 04:14PM by MissouriCatLady

Cali58 - I get name-brand Arimidex from a CVS Pharmacy for the Good RX price of about $23 a month. I know, I didn't believe it either. You might check that out. I think back on this thread someone posted the coupon.


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diagnosed at 55, DX 10/17/18 IDC Left IIB grade 3 0/2 nodes ER+PR-HER2+, 11/7/18 TCHP, 4/4/19 Left Lumpectomy, 4/29/19 anastrozole (name-brand at CVS with a GoodRX coupon), 6/3/19 Rads, HP done 1/8/20, complete response to neoadjuvant therapy
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Dec 9, 2019 04:14PM Spookiesmom wrote:

I had trigger thumb. My PCP did a cortisone shot, no more problem.

Reoccurrence 3-19. Dx IDC, Stage IIIA, Grade 3
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Dec 9, 2019 06:00PM - edited Dec 9, 2019 06:02PM by MDRR

I also developed a trigger finger that required a cortisone shot; that was about 10 months ago and no problems since. I'm on arimidex (which is anastrozole) -- originally I took Teva brand but had to switch to Accord when that became unavailable. Cortisone on a regular basis is not a good solution, however sometimes it is a necessity!

Dx 1/2018, DCIS/IDC, Left, <1cm, Stage IA, 2/7 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2- Surgery 2/22/2018 Lumpectomy: Left Surgery 3/14/2018 Mastectomy: Left; Prophylactic mastectomy: Right Hormonal Therapy Arimidex (anastrozole)
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Dec 9, 2019 08:58PM bennybear wrote:

just had a cortisone shot for de quervains tensonyvitis, fingers crossed!

Dx 3/25/2010, IDC, <1cm, Stage I, Grade 1, 0/1 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Dx 6/6/2018, IDC, Right, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, 0/5 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Dec 9, 2019 09:53PM MDRR wrote:

bennybear

after 18 months on arimidex with no issues, I also developed the same thing and it was severe. At one point I was unable to grip a pen! The shot was administered about 6 weeks ago and it's been 100% effective so far; hope it lasts and that it also works for you.

Dx 1/2018, DCIS/IDC, Left, <1cm, Stage IA, 2/7 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2- Surgery 2/22/2018 Lumpectomy: Left Surgery 3/14/2018 Mastectomy: Left; Prophylactic mastectomy: Right Hormonal Therapy Arimidex (anastrozole)
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Dec 9, 2019 10:16PM CindyNY wrote:

I had cortisone shot in thumb back in February. Girlfriend on same AI has trigger finger and is getting surgery on it. All SE from Anastrozole.

dx at 58, no family history, onco = 19 Dx 10/6/2017, DCIS/IDC, Left, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, 0/5 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 11/1/2017 Lumpectomy: Left; Lymph node removal: Sentinel Surgery 11/14/2017 Lumpectomy: Left Radiation Therapy 12/26/2017 Whole-breast: Breast Hormonal Therapy 3/1/2018 Arimidex (anastrozole)
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Dec 9, 2019 10:17PM Krose53 wrote:

thank you

Dx 11/16/2017, ILC/IDC, Both breasts, 1cm, Stage IIA, Grade 2, 2/5 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- (FISH) Surgery 12/27/2017 Mastectomy: Left, Right Chemotherapy 1/22/2018 Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxotere (docetaxel) Hormonal Therapy 4/1/2018
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Dec 10, 2019 03:59AM Cali58 wrote:

Thank you all for the helpful information. I have an appointment with a hand specialist, orthopedist, in January. I was on Arimidex years ago and also developed trigger finger. I remember the shot is very painful. I have been stretching my finger and Using a splint at night. It’s somewhat better now, but still painful, uncomfortable and it triggers. Thanks for the cvs coupon information. I will call cvs tomorrow. I hope I can get it. I called my pharmacy today to find out how much Arimidex costs. They told me $2,430 or so for a 30 day supply — pretty shocking!!

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Dec 10, 2019 12:40PM bennybear wrote:

best of luck! Mine seems to be settling hopefully. It also messed up my knee. It is always worth asking your oncologist what the percentage of benefit is to you for the Arimidex. For-me it was only 2%.

Dx 3/25/2010, IDC, <1cm, Stage I, Grade 1, 0/1 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Dx 6/6/2018, IDC, Right, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, 0/5 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Dec 10, 2019 01:21PM BlueGirlRedState wrote:

Cali58 - trigger finger from Arimidex, DEFINITELY!!! I have taken a generic anastrozole and am now taking the brand name Arimidex. So far, the SEs seems to be less with the brand name, but middle finger on left locks up easily. Brand name through insurance was about $7/pill, but when bought directly from the drug company, only $2/pill. I think turmeric helps. Make sure supplement has black pepper. If using fresh or poweder, add black pepper. Have also eliminated alcohol and trying to cut down more on sugar, I generally have not eaten more than a few servings/week of meat (seldom beef) for years. If I eat more, stiffness seems to get worse.

2009 ER+ left breast. 52 yrs. Lumpectomy, Sentinel node removal, negative. Radiation 6 weeks, tamoxifen 5 years. Dense lumpy left breast, normal right. Acupuncture offered at facility as part of integrative medicine. It really helped with anxiety/stress during radiation treatment.

2016 ER+ left breast. Probably a new cancer, but unknown. 4 rounds TC Aug-Oct 2016, Bi-lateral (my choice) Nov 2016, no reconstruction. 2 sentinel nodes remove, negative. Cold Capping using Chemo Cold Caps (DIGNICAP not available). Anastrozole 1 mg starting May 2017. Joint issues noticed immediately. Stopped Anastrozole after 3-4 months due to joint stiffness in. After several months of no AIs, fingers were feeling better. Started tamoxifen March 2018

10/2018 noticed stiffness and some trigger finger again. Was eating meat a lot more (daily) than normal. Usually 1-2 /wk. Have cut way back on the meat, seems to help, but one finger still very prone to trigger finger. Trigger finger seemed to be getting better, but now 4/2019 seems worse, is it the break from added turmeric to meals?

Swelling in R-arm, opposite side from where lymph nodes removed. Noticed 6/18/2019. Could have been swelling earlier but wearing long sleeves. Trip to urgent care. They did ultrasound, concerned that there might be a clot, there was not. Started seeing lymphatic therapist 7/2/2019. Stopped seeing lymphatic therapist early October. She did not think it would help until tumor removed/chemo'd/radiated into oblivion.

8/2019 CT, Breast/chest , neck/thyroid ultra sound

9/2019 DR ordered biopsy, said it could be lymphoma, cancer, benign lymphatic. Biopsy R-axilla. Cancer. Genetic test showed no known markers (20+ looked for)

9/29/2019 PET scan, no indication of spread. Arimidex and Ibrance prescribed to shrink tumor prior to surgery.

10/2019 – Stopped Tamoxifen. Started Arimidex and Ibrance. Brand name Arimidex so far does not seem to have the SEs that generics did, but stiff/trigger finger on left middle finger returned.

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Dec 10, 2019 06:03PM Catsme wrote:

Hi all, apologies if this has already been discussed, but what happens if anastrozole is stopped at 5 years? Is there a rebound effect? Does recurrence risk increase?

I've had minimal side effects and like the reassurance taking this gives me. I do plan to discuss with MO in January during my check up but wanted to check for any info here.

Thanks

Dx 12/7/2016, ILC, Left, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 1, 0/4 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 1/3/2017 Lymph node removal: Sentinel; Mastectomy: Left; Prophylactic mastectomy: Right Hormonal Therapy 1/19/2017 Arimidex (anastrozole)
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Dec 10, 2019 08:14PM - edited Dec 10, 2019 08:15PM by MACTAZ

Thisiknow, here is another good explanation. Don't worry yourself about this but do have a good detailed conversation with your OC. I would think this is all being considered in your treatment plan. I wish you the best and make sure you list out all your question for your OC before you meet with him or the next time you see him. I came armed with a list of questions every time I met with him. I had 2 IDC tumors and DCIS in one breast, all grade three. I'm doing exceptionally wellnow, and in two days I will be one year since my last chemo treatment. There is light at the end of the tunnel.

Take care and wish you the best.

Grade III (high-grade) DCIS

In the high-grade pattern, DCIS cells tend to grow more quickly and look much different from normal, healthy breast cells. People with high-grade DCIS have a higher risk of invasive cancer, either when the DCIS is diagnosed or at some point in the future. They also have an increased risk of the cancer coming back earlier — within the first 5 years rather than after 5 years.

https://www.breastcancer.org/symptoms/types/dcis/diagnosis



Neo-adjunct therapy-TCHP (6 infusions ), Single MX right with TE, reconstruction-reduction and lift of left, implant and nipple reconstruction (3 surgeries), adjunct therapy H&P (11 infusions), hormone therapy. Dx 8/14/2018, IDC, Right, 2cm, Stage IB, Grade 3, ER+/PR+, HER2+ Dx 8/14/2018, IDC, Right, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, 1/2 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2+ (DUAL) Dx 9/19/2018, DCIS, Right, <1cm, Stage 0, Grade 3
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Dec 10, 2019 08:25PM PontiacPeggy wrote:

Catsme, I took my last anastrozole October 16th, after 5 years. So far I haven't noticed any change. I didn't notice much of anything in SEs either. I had hair loss before anastrozole and I don't see that that has stopped or improved. My MO said that with my diagnosis there really wasn't any need to continue on beyond 5 years. The disadvantages were greater, including bone loss. I will see him in June for the last time (which is sad since I really like him). My NP who serves as my PCP took me off Fosamax saying that there has been no advantage shown for taking it beyond 5 years. So no prescriptions. It does feel strange. But I trust my doctors.

Keep in mind that every single MO and patient are different. So my experience is mine. I'm glad you've done well on it.

HUGS!

Peggy. Diagnosed age 68., Oncotype 13. Everything is doable - not easy, but doable. Dx 6/5/2014, IDC, <1cm, Grade 2, 0/5 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Dx 7/23/2014, DCIS, <1cm, Stage I, Grade 1 Surgery 7/23/2014 Lumpectomy: Left; Lymph node removal: Left, Sentinel Radiation Therapy 9/2/2014 Breast Hormonal Therapy 10/17/2014 Arimidex (anastrozole)
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Dec 10, 2019 08:34PM Catsme wrote:

Thanks PontiacPeggy. I'm pretty sure I'll end anastrazole at 5 years. I do have osteoporosis, and as it turns out I had it b4 my BC diagnosis, but found out after. I'm getting Prolia injections every 6 months, so my guess is the bone risk may out way the benefits, but will discuss with MO.

Heart

Dx 12/7/2016, ILC, Left, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 1, 0/4 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 1/3/2017 Lymph node removal: Sentinel; Mastectomy: Left; Prophylactic mastectomy: Right Hormonal Therapy 1/19/2017 Arimidex (anastrozole)
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Dec 10, 2019 08:43PM PontiacPeggy wrote:

Catsme, keep in mind that I'm 74. That may be a factor in my MO's decision, too.

HUGS!

Peggy. Diagnosed age 68., Oncotype 13. Everything is doable - not easy, but doable. Dx 6/5/2014, IDC, <1cm, Grade 2, 0/5 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Dx 7/23/2014, DCIS, <1cm, Stage I, Grade 1 Surgery 7/23/2014 Lumpectomy: Left; Lymph node removal: Left, Sentinel Radiation Therapy 9/2/2014 Breast Hormonal Therapy 10/17/2014 Arimidex (anastrozole)

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