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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.

Edited by Mods to add content from the main Breastcancer.org site on Arimidex: Benefits, Side Effects and More

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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Jan 19, 2020 09:57PM LPLlibrarygirl wrote:

Hello WineLVR,

I am sorry to hear about all of your side effects. I started taking letrozole almost a year ago. The first 6 months were not bad but then the SEs kicked in. I read on this website that many women with extreme side effects take a little break to let their body reset. When I emailed my MO in December that is exactly what she advised me to do. I took a month off and just restarted letrozole last week. If the SEs get bad I can try a different AI, but for now I am hoping to make letrozole work. My recurrence prediction score is 19% with tamoxifen. Letrozole will perhaps give me a better outcome than tamoxifen and lifestyle improvements might help as well. I already declined chemo so I am hoping I can tolerate the AIs for another 9 years! Bennybear is right. Ask your MO for your personal statistics. You may want to inquire about taking a break as well. I hope you can find some help.

Dx at 68, onco 29 Dx 10/1/2018, ILC, Left, 3cm, Stage IIA, Grade 2, 0/2 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2- (FISH) Surgery 10/25/2018 Lumpectomy: Left; Lymph node removal: Sentinel Surgery 11/5/2018 Radiation Therapy 12/3/2018 Whole-breast Hormonal Therapy 2/12/2019 Femara (letrozole)
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Jan 20, 2020 07:43AM L8Blmr wrote:

I'm in Naples, FL. There is a shortage here as well. I tried Walgreen's, CVS and Walmart. I split my last 5 TEVA pills and am alternating 1/2 TEVA pill and 1 Accord pill to get me to my next refill early Feb. It's the best I could do. Best of luck with an early refill of TEVA.

L8Blmr Dx 11/2/2017, IDC: Papillary, Left, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, 0/3 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2- (FISH) Surgery 12/15/2017 Mastectomy: Left, Right Chemotherapy 1/15/2018 Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxotere (docetaxel) Surgery 4/23/2018 Reconstruction (left): Silicone implant; Reconstruction (right): Silicone implant Hormonal Therapy 5/1/2018 Arimidex (anastrozole)
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Jan 20, 2020 06:15PM CindyNY wrote:

L8Blmr - I gave up on Teva brand probably near a year ago. Someone on here had done research on the various generics and posted a link. Teva and Accord brands were the most similar with buffers.

Accord is what CareMark sends me after not being able to get Teva. Trust me, I was like a loonatic trying to get Teva. A lot of wasted energy & stress. Best of luck to you.

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 10/31/2017 Lumpectomy: Left; Lymph node removal: Sentinel Surgery 11/13/2017 Lumpectomy: Left Radiation Therapy 12/26/2017 Whole-breast: Breast Hormonal Therapy 3/1/2018 Arimidex (anastrozole)
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Jan 20, 2020 06:50PM Spookiesmom wrote:

This keeps popping up periodically. The reason seems to be is that the Teva branch of AstraZenaca was sold, is no longer made by them. BigPharma, big bucks. The patients are the ones who suffer.

Reoccurrence 3-19. Dx IDC, Stage IIIA, Grade 3
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Jan 21, 2020 12:44PM - edited Jan 22, 2020 07:04PM by MissouriCatLady

Just checking in, it's been a while since I got Teva, but I got it at Walgreens last. Spookiesmom, thanks for that info, it may no longer be available.

I have been taking name-brand Arimidex through GoodRX at CVS for about $23 a month, but today I went to get my refill and it was $58. I paid today, but that was the last time for me, I can't afford $60 a month, like Eagle charges. I called Walmart and asked for Accord and they told me there is a shortage (great). She went to look, and they have 26 pills, would I like them? Yes please. I understand many people can take the generic and not have any problems, but for me, leg cramps turn out to be nightmares. I had a regimen set up with magnesium, etc. Now I think I will alternate Arimidex with Accord anastrozole and hope by the time I run out, Accord is back around. I did call the company and ask if there was another pharmacy I could go to, and the customer service department is supposed to let me know. I'd like to stay on anastrozole, but if these cramps come back like holy hell, I will have to have a talk with Jesus to see where I go next. Best of luck to everyone, Lisa


Edited 1/22/20: I opened the sack from the pharmacy and have 3 BOTTLES of Arimidex. Please disregard my price increase and my apologies. I had no idea there was more than one bottle. I am a fool.

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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Jan 21, 2020 01:03PM - edited Jan 21, 2020 01:10PM by MissouriCatLady

Teva - I called them. Their phone number is 888-838-2872. The lady told me the drug is on backorder. She suggested I call back Friday or Monday, and she could update me as to the date it would be available. If you are looking for this manufacturer, please just call, they are really nice, and will tell you where to go to get it (I did this last time), if it is available.

Spookiesmom is right though: https://www.cambridgeindependent.co.uk/business/astrazeneca-sells-commercial-rights-of-two-cancer-medicines-to-juvis-pharmaceuticals-for-181m-9094405/

27 December 2019

AstraZeneca has sold the commercial rights to two of its cancer medicines to Juvisé Pharmaceuticals for an upfront payment of $181 million. A further payment of up to $17m is contigent on sales of the medicines - Arimidex (anastrozole) and Casodex (bicalutamide), which are primarily used to treat breast and prostate cancers.

Juvisé has bought the rights to them for a number of European, African and other countries.

AstraZeneca had already divested the rights to Arimidex and Casodex in the US in 2017.

Dave Fredrickson, executive vice president, oncology business unit, said: "Arimidex and Casodex are important established medicines and we are pleased that Juvisé Pharmaceuticals will now take on the work of making sure patients continue to have access to them. Today's agreement is part of a broader strategy of reducing our portfolio of mature medicines to reallocate resources towards developing our pipeline of new medicines."

Arimidex (anastrozole) is an aromatase inhibitor primarily used to treat postmenopausal women with certain types of breast cancer.

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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Jan 21, 2020 09:32PM Reckless wrote:

Thank you, MissouriCat!

Dx 3/4/2016, IDC, Right, 2cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, 0/2 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 4/19/2016 Mastectomy: Right; Prophylactic mastectomy: Left; Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Hormonal Therapy 6/19/2016 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone) Surgery 8/11/2016 Reconstruction (left): Silicone implant; Reconstruction (right): Silicone implant Surgery 11/14/2017 Prophylactic ovary removal Hormonal Therapy 6/20/2018 Arimidex (anastrozole)
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Jan 22, 2020 01:50PM MissouriCatLady wrote:

Pascal Soriot is the CEO of AstraZeneca (maker of anastrozole). In reading about him: "AstraZeneca CEO Pascal Soriot made headlines when he moaned about the poor pay he took home for 2017, forced to live on about $13 million in total compensation. That made him one of the worst paid — though certainly not the worst — big pharma execs in the world. So he's not likely to be much more excited by the small growth in compensation he had for last year. "The truth is I'm the lowest-paid CEO in the whole industry," he told the Times last fall — words that were widely noted at the time. "You know, it is annoying to some extent. But at the end of the day, it is what it is. I'm not going to complain, but me and Emma (Walmsley, chief executive of Glaxo Smith Kline) are the lowest-paid in Europe and the US." Those words were thrown back at him during the Senate hearings on drug pricing last week. But that's what happens when you get the big money. Or, in this case, not big enough.

and then there is this article:

AstraZeneca to Invest $500 Million in France Over 5 Years

January 19, 2020, 12:08 PM CST

"The investment enables us to further build scientific collaborations in France, ensure our global manufacturing site in Dunkirk can continue to meet the evolving needs of the business, and accelerate new technologies through a new European Innovation Hub," AstraZeneca Chief Executive Officer Pascal Soriot said in a statement. It includes $230 million through 2025 to help build a stand-alone assembly line and two assembly and packaging lines and modernization of existing equipment, which could create around 100 highly skilled jobs. The Dunkirk site focuses on the development and manufacturing of inhaled products to help treat asthma."

AstraZeneca also makes: Crestor, Symbicort, Nexium, Pulmicort, Faslodex, Toprol, Seroquel, to name a few.

I'm sorry, I just get so fed up with the price of drugs!!!!! Thank you for letting me share (and vent), Lisa

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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Jan 22, 2020 02:48PM Spookiesmom wrote:

Poor ‘lil punkin. I think I could live nicely on the interest from his measly salary.

Reoccurrence 3-19. Dx IDC, Stage IIIA, Grade 3
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Jan 22, 2020 03:31PM barbhenz wrote:

Hi everyone! I'm back! And in a much less a foul mood than before. Thank you to all the people that responded. It really does help to not feel "alone" and to talk to people that actually understand what you are going through. I have a new question. So, been on the Arimidex for a bit over a year now. All is pretty well. Hot flashes are minor, mood is significantly improved and was even able to loose a bit of weight. But now my hair is thinning rapidly. My sister, who is my hair stylist even asked what's going on. Has anyone had an luck with an vitamin supplimements other than biotin? Thank you to all

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Jan 22, 2020 03:54PM ctmbsikia wrote:

No luck with any other supplements. I haven't tried biotin, but have a spray with it in there. I recently found Thicker Fuller Hair at CVS or Walgreen's and tried that. I wanna say it helps but is not a total fix. I ran out of it and was using just regular shampoo and conditioner, and my hair was coming out AWFUL!! I bought another Thicker n fuller stuff and at the very least, it feels and looks better, so that's what I'm doing. It's still coming out, but maybe not as bad. Good luck.

Dx 12/14/2017, DCIS/IDC, Left, 4cm, Stage IIB, Grade 2, 1/2 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Dx 1/16/2018, LCIS, Right Surgery 1/31/2018 Lumpectomy: Left; Lymph node removal: Sentinel Radiation Therapy 4/11/2018 Whole-breast: Breast Hormonal Therapy 6/25/2018 Arimidex (anastrozole)
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Jan 22, 2020 04:02PM MissouriCatLady wrote:

my hairdresser recommended this shampoo:

Avalon Organics Biotin B-Complex Thickening Shampoo, 14 oz.

$6.58 from Amazon

I use this and it is helpful to me.

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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Jan 22, 2020 04:52PM Spookiesmom wrote:

Reoccurrence 3-19. Dx IDC, Stage IIIA, Grade 3
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Jan 22, 2020 05:35PM MissouriCatLady wrote:

good info, Spookiesmom!

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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Jan 24, 2020 12:17PM AmyCinny wrote:

I want to let others know about an unusual side effect I've experienced from Arimidex - uveitis. That's a painful eye inflammation.

When I reported it to my onc, she'd never heard of any link to Arimidex. However, she forwarded the information to the clinical pharmacologist who found a paper documenting a link. The thought is that the lack of estrogen affects the eye, something that has been documented with Tamoxifen, although when the link was first posited, most doctors dismissed it. However, over time, the link has proven to be true.

I sometimes feel silly reporting everything to my onc, but since I have a history of unusual reactions to drugs, I do so. Turns out that thanks to my uniqueness, my oncologist is also broadening her knowledge.

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Jan 24, 2020 12:21PM Ingerp wrote:

I've had eye issues--first high pressure on one side, then the other, all since starting the AI. It doesn't seem to be affecting my vision, though. My ophthalmologist is keeping an eye on it and recommended artificial tears because they're super dry too, particularly when flying (which of course I always forget).

Dx 3/11/2016, DCIS, Left, 6cm+, Stage 0, Grade 3, ER-/PR- Surgery 3/23/2016 Lumpectomy Surgery 4/20/2016 Lumpectomy: Left Radiation Therapy 5/18/2016 Whole-breast: Breast Dx 3/2/2018, IDC, Right, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, 0/1 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2+ (FISH) Surgery 3/13/2018 Lumpectomy: Right; Lymph node removal: Sentinel Targeted Therapy 5/18/2018 Herceptin (trastuzumab) Chemotherapy 5/18/2018 Taxol (paclitaxel) Radiation Therapy 8/20/2018 Whole-breast: Breast
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Jan 26, 2020 03:38PM LondonGreen wrote:

hello

i started taken Anastrozole in Jan 2019. Initially first 2 weeks expected side effects, hot flushes, painful joints, weight gain, nausea etc but then went on to suffer memory loss, confusion, anxiety, balance loss (collapsed in street), panic attacks, rage, dark depression and flash suicide attempts. Was taken off after 5/6 weeks and was still on suicide watch for 6 weeks. Chose to rely on the surgery/radiation and didn’t try another drug but 12 months later I still have brain fog, short and long term memory loss - half my vocabulary was wiped out. Brain pauses - and constant brain fog. Thank god suicidal tendencies went after stopping, but a year later I’m still struggling to get my life together as my brain is still not working. I use to be a CEO, now I have trouble holding a conversation

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Jan 26, 2020 04:30PM thisiknow wrote:

I started Anastrozole in mid-Dec and still haven't noticed any SE's. I guess it just shows the vast differences in experience with it. My MO likes it best as there seem to be fewer SE's for most. I think I've read here that SE's might be delayed, so I'm just hoping and keeping my fingers crossed

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 9/9/2019 Lumpectomy: Left, Right; Lymph node removal: Sentinel Radiation Therapy 10/27/2019 Whole-breast: Breast Hormonal Therapy 12/18/2019 Arimidex (anastrozole)
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Jan 26, 2020 04:37PM - edited Jan 26, 2020 04:39PM by Moderators

LondonGreen - We're sorry you find yourself here, but we want to welcome you to Breastcancer.org. We're sure more members of our Community will be around shortly to offer some insight and advice. In the meantime you may be interested in checking out the main Breastcancer.org site's pages on:

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Jan 26, 2020 05:14PM thisiknow wrote:

Wow. Just read that first link. This paragraph surprises me....

"Using a math formula, the researchers determined that hormonal therapy seemed to be the only factor linked to cognitive problems. Chemotherapy, fatigue, and depression weren't linked to cognitive problems. The researchers concluded that hormonal therapy seems to be a risk factor for memory and thinking problems."

It's worth reading the whole article.


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 9/9/2019 Lumpectomy: Left, Right; Lymph node removal: Sentinel Radiation Therapy 10/27/2019 Whole-breast: Breast Hormonal Therapy 12/18/2019 Arimidex (anastrozole)
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Jan 26, 2020 05:50PM MissouriCatLady wrote:

LondonGreen, I am so very sorry. All the things you have to deal with having cancer can be overwhelming. Try and stay strong, sending you best wishes my friend. Lisa

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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Jan 29, 2020 08:20AM kale437 wrote:

I am on arimedex and the joint pain is sometimes unbearable. right now its in my tailbone of all places! i take glucosamine chondroitin and it helps somewhat, somedays the pain is unbearable

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Jan 29, 2020 12:42PM Stillme54 wrote:

Hi all!

I went off anastrozole in October of 2019 for a month to see if SEs would diminish. I had an appointment with my new oncologist, a woman, to re-evaluate, in November. I had not noticed much change at that time and she told me she didn’t think my hip pain, sleep problems, etc. were caused by the anastrozole. She recommended that I have an MRI. I decided to give it more time before I did that. She said my risk factor was extremely low, so she took me off the anastrozole 6 months early. My five year mark is in March. It is now the end of January and I have been off of anastrozole for 3 months. I am happy to report that my side effects are,for the most part, gone! And as an added bonus, the weight I gained while on anastrozole is going away! I have been feeling like my old self, again, for the first time in years!

Dx 12/10/2014, IDC, Left, 2cm, 0/3 nodes, ER+, HER2- Dx 1/8/2015, DCIS, Left, Stage 0
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Jan 29, 2020 05:19PM angelia50 wrote:

I just had my visit today and was told to stop the Arimidex. I have been taking it for 5 1/2 years. I can't say I had any horror stories but I do have a lot of joint pain and within the last year, I feel I am having more hair loss. I am anxious to see if I do feel different. So, you feel it took about 3 months to notice any changes? I was already overweight but for the past year, I have really been trying to lose weight and have lost about 40 lbs. I am hopeful stopping these meds will help with that too. Its a thing I wanted to hear that it was time to stop but then again, its a little scary.

Dx 6/4/2014, IDC, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 1, 0/3 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 7/14/2014 Mastectomy: Right Hormonal Therapy 8/18/2014 Arimidex (anastrozole) Surgery 12/19/2015 Reconstruction (right)
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Jan 29, 2020 05:43PM Stillme54 wrote:

yes, it took about 2 1/2 to 3 months to really start noticing that my hips were not hurting, anymore. Even my hair is in much better condition, again. I am not shedding as much, anymore. I had a recall on my breast implants, so had surgery to have those replaced about 3 weeks ago. I’m really glad I have been off of the anastrozole for awhile before that! While I have been recovering from the surgery, I have been very inactive and I have still been losing weight! I guess as long as your reoccurrence risk is low, I think it is much better to be off of this drug! Hope you feel better, soon

Dx 12/10/2014, IDC, Left, 2cm, 0/3 nodes, ER+, HER2- Dx 1/8/2015, DCIS, Left, Stage 0
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Jan 29, 2020 08:06PM angelia50 wrote:

For the first 4 years, I took name brand but once I retired, I decided to try the generic, so for about a year and a half, I've taken generic. I think it has caused more hair loss. I realize as we age, we have those same issues but I'm anxious to see if that gets better too. My doctors told me today it would probably take 2-3 months to notice changes and that seems consistent with what you have experienced. I had IDC 1A so they say with that diagnosis, to take the meds beyond the 5 1/2 years the potential harm to bones etc. is worse than the risk of the cancer coming back. I sure hope they are right and I don't look back at some point and wish I had continued. since my cancer was low grade and slow growing, I know the recurrence for me is likely to be longer than 5 years and I think thats the scary thing.


Dx 6/4/2014, IDC, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 1, 0/3 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 7/14/2014 Mastectomy: Right Hormonal Therapy 8/18/2014 Arimidex (anastrozole) Surgery 12/19/2015 Reconstruction (right)
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Jan 29, 2020 08:18PM JoniB wrote:

Hello everyone. I've been on name brand Arimidex, purchased through Eagle Pharmacy, for almost 4 years. One more year to go. I have no awful side effects which is why I never switched to generic. I didn't want to chance it. However, there is one side effect I do have and that's hair thinning. My part is not any wider but my hair is thin. I had fine hair to begin with but now it looks very thin. My son's wedding is in October and I don't know how to make my hair look good.

Two time breast cancer survivor. Recurrence after 8 years. First time 3 mm ER-, PR-, HER2+. Recurrence 4mm - triple positive.
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Jan 29, 2020 10:45PM Reader425 wrote:

I had posted part of this to another board but thought I'd add it here.

I got my labs back and things looked good but was encouraged to keep trying to lose weight. Next week is an echocardiogram due to family history, a BP check since I was high at the docs, a gyn appt. Then I can give all this medical stuff a rest for a bit! I have 32 more days to go before stopping Arimidex and am looking forward to that. It has not been horrible for me like for some women but I think it does push my blood pressure up. I have also had some insomnia and aches but bearable ptobably because I'm retired and can rest when I must.

I'm encouraged by reports here of feeling more normal once off the med. We'll see!!

Dx 9/11/2014, IDC, Left, 2cm, Stage IA, Grade 3, 0/1 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- (FISH) Surgery 10/29/2014 Lumpectomy: Left Radiation Therapy 1/4/2015 Whole-breast: Breast Hormonal Therapy 3/1/2015 Arimidex (anastrozole)
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Jan 30, 2020 07:28AM MissouriCatLady wrote:

JoniB, I use a biotin thickening shampoo from Amazon, you might try that, it helps me.

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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Jan 30, 2020 11:34AM LondonGreen wrote:

Thanks Lisa. I'm knew to the site and very blessed that I was very early stage and the surgery and radiation were pretty smooth with my amazing team at the Dubin Breast Centre. There are so many amazing women on this site who have gone through so much with the actual cancer. My husband died of Stage 4 Small-cell lung, and the five months he had were very tough for me and our toddler watching his side effects to the chemo, when he was older my son and I wrote a book together to help other young children deal with the loss through cancer - it was very therapeutic. But for me it's been the last preventative step of the treatment that has caused the most damage. I do seem to have had the most extreme mental fallout, as all my physical side effects went away a month or so after I stopped. Just this brain fog that I can't seem to shift.

Thanks for being there and prayers for all the incredible women on this message board who are fighting their own battles.

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