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Topic: Done with Rads starting Arimidex, Aromasin, or Femara.

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: May 4, 2017 07:47AM - edited May 4, 2017 07:54AM by Butterfly1234

Butterfly1234 wrote:

I'm starting this thread as I'm looking at my Armidex bottle looking back at me. Having just completed rads, I'm about to start taking these lil' white pills in a about a week. I thought this would be a good place to start another support group for fellow newbies like me. All are welcome to chime in no matter where you are on this hormone suppressant trek.

No matter what you look like or think you look like, you're special and loved and perfect just the way you are. Ariel Winter Dx 1/24/2017, IDC, Left, <1cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, 0/1 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 2/26/2017 Lumpectomy: Left; Lymph node removal: Sentinel Radiation Therapy 4/10/2017 Whole-breast: Breast Hormonal Therapy 5/8/2017 Arimidex (anastrozole)
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Jun 17, 2017 03:58PM Tappermom383 wrote:

What a fascinating article about Dr. Brodie - thank you for posting the link, klt5817. Don't you wish you could have met her? Although I'm sure I would have been tongue-tied around such a brilliant scientist. One of the many unsung heroes fighting the fight for all us survivor sisters!

MJ

Dx 3/23/2017, DCIS/IDC, Right, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, 0/3 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 3/31/2017 Lumpectomy: Right; Lymph node removal: Sentinel Radiation Therapy 5/22/2017 Whole-breast: Breast Hormonal Therapy Arimidex (anastrozole)
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Jun 17, 2017 05:51PM klt5817 wrote:

Hi "Tappermom383", Oh yes, I wish I could have met her, just to kiss her hands because I probably won't be able to say a coherent word. 

Dx 4/2017, IDC, Right, 2cm, Stage IIA, Grade 2, 0/2 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 5/5/2017 Lymph node removal: Sentinel; Mastectomy: Right Chemotherapy 6/15/2017 Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxotere (docetaxel)
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Jun 17, 2017 08:58PM WenchLori wrote:

klt, what a wonderful article! I would have loved to meet her too! I'm good at smiling and long handshakes as I wouldn't know what to say either. I'd hope I'd at least get thank you out tho!


If I stop laughing, I'll start crying! Lori Dx 3/18/2016, IDC: Papillary, Left, 1cm, Stage IIA, Grade 2, 2/13 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 7/6/2016 Mastectomy: Left; Prophylactic mastectomy: Right; Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Chemotherapy 8/5/2016 Taxol (paclitaxel) Radiation Therapy 2/20/2017 External: Chest wall Hormonal Therapy 5/23/2017 Arimidex (anastrozole) Chemotherapy AC
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Jun 18, 2017 01:14PM bravepoint wrote:

5 days of Letrozole and no SEs so far. How long do they take to start usually if they are going to?

Gail Radiation Therapy 4/17/2016 Whole-breast: Breast, Lymph nodes, Chest wall Dx 8/8/2016, IDC, Right, 1cm, Stage IIA, Grade 3, 1/5 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2- Surgery 8/29/2016 Chemotherapy 10/7/2016 Chemotherapy AC + T (Taxol)
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Jun 18, 2017 01:44PM CeliaC wrote:

bravepoint - yeah for no SEs! On Arimidex, so hope one of the other ladies can fill you in on letrozole question.

Dx 12/2/2016, DCIS/IDC, Left, <1cm, Stage IA, Grade 1, 0/1 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 12/21/2016 Lumpectomy: Left; Lymph node removal: Sentinel Radiation Therapy 2/21/2017 Whole-breast: Breast Hormonal Therapy 4/5/2017 Arimidex (anastrozole)
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Jun 18, 2017 05:29PM marsue wrote:

Thanks for starting this thread. I finished 5 weeks of radiation and have just started Femara, actually the generic, on June 15. My MO said I could wait a couple of weeks then start so I did. I had terrible radiation fatigue starting at about 21/2 weeks into radiation and wanted to see if this improved before starting the Femara, and it did. So I have only been on it a few days, so far so good. Looking forward to feeling like my old self. Time will tell I am sure

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Jun 19, 2017 05:53AM WenchLori wrote:

Marsue, I'll keep my fingers crossed and prayers said for no SEs on femara.

Bravepoint, yay! No SEs! My fingers are crossed and prayers said that the SEs stay away from you also!

It's been 4 weeks for me on Arimidex (eneric brand) and no SEs. I've been really tired the past day or so but I'm hoping it's from over doing it this weekend and not from Arimidex. We'll see I guess, my MO says that feeing very tired is the #1 SE on the generic Arimidex. I hope not as I just got to feeling pretty much back to normal again since I finished radiation.


If I stop laughing, I'll start crying! Lori Dx 3/18/2016, IDC: Papillary, Left, 1cm, Stage IIA, Grade 2, 2/13 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 7/6/2016 Mastectomy: Left; Prophylactic mastectomy: Right; Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Chemotherapy 8/5/2016 Taxol (paclitaxel) Radiation Therapy 2/20/2017 External: Chest wall Hormonal Therapy 5/23/2017 Arimidex (anastrozole) Chemotherapy AC
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Jun 19, 2017 10:25AM Butterfly1234 wrote:

Sending good wishes to all to continue with no or minimal SEs. Tomorrow is 6 weeks for me. I have aches and pains but I had those before taking Arimidex and I'm exercising a lot. I'm attributing it to that. Some days I'm more tired than others but that's typical for me too. I can live with this. Hugs to all!

No matter what you look like or think you look like, you're special and loved and perfect just the way you are. Ariel Winter Dx 1/24/2017, IDC, Left, <1cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, 0/1 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 2/26/2017 Lumpectomy: Left; Lymph node removal: Sentinel Radiation Therapy 4/10/2017 Whole-breast: Breast Hormonal Therapy 5/8/2017 Arimidex (anastrozole)
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Jun 19, 2017 11:08AM Houston2016 wrote:

Hello, I started my Anastrozole prior to radiation. I started rads in December 2016 until 01/31/17. It was confusing to identify the SE of rads from AI but I pretty much can tell. AI gives soreness on the hands and feet, but now several months later, I started to have soreness on the toes, did not happen before. It developed calluses and my bunion hurt. Also, does anyone stay the same weight pre and post treatment. I always stayed at 120 lbs then now it goes to 115 checked at home. I started to worry about weight loss as sign of recurrence. Also I have hip aches which I know come from AI, but sometimes I do house work and sleeping on an old bed my back also aches. I stretched and got better and didn't require pain meds. What do you all think?

Dx 4/5/2016, IDC, Left, Stage IIB, Grade 2, ER+/PR+, HER2- Chemotherapy 4/14/2016 AC + T (Taxol) Surgery 10/5/2016 Mastectomy: Left Radiation Therapy 12/12/2016 Whole-breast: Lymph nodes, Chest wall
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Jun 19, 2017 12:38PM CeliaC wrote:

Houston - I have progressively lost weight since surgery on 12/21/16. Needed to drop some lbs, anyway. Have been eating much healthier, lots of lean protein, fruits & vegs and trying to exercise more. The RO, MO and my PCP have only had positive things to say about weight loss. Having some aches & pains, but had some before AIs as well. Trying to keep aches & pains at bay with various supplements (Glucosamine/Chondroitin/MSM and Omega Oil, Calcium with Vit D and Turmeric/Curcumin). Also, using homeopathic remedies from time to time (Boiron brand Arnica tablets and Arnica cream).

Hope you find a way to relieve your aches and pains.

Dx 12/2/2016, DCIS/IDC, Left, <1cm, Stage IA, Grade 1, 0/1 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 12/21/2016 Lumpectomy: Left; Lymph node removal: Sentinel Radiation Therapy 2/21/2017 Whole-breast: Breast Hormonal Therapy 4/5/2017 Arimidex (anastrozole)
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Jun 19, 2017 03:29PM Butterfly1234 wrote:

I've read that a lot of ladies take Claritin to help with joint pain. Have you tried it? I'm thInking about it.

No matter what you look like or think you look like, you're special and loved and perfect just the way you are. Ariel Winter Dx 1/24/2017, IDC, Left, <1cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, 0/1 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 2/26/2017 Lumpectomy: Left; Lymph node removal: Sentinel Radiation Therapy 4/10/2017 Whole-breast: Breast Hormonal Therapy 5/8/2017 Arimidex (anastrozole)
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Jun 20, 2017 07:34AM WenchLori wrote:

Butterfly, I tried Claritin once for pain but it dried my sinuses out as I didn't have allergies. I had some of the worst headaches ever but we are all different and respond differently to different things.

I've noticed my hands get tired and achy and my knees complain more when riding the lawnmower for hours at a time like I used to do. I think it's just from overdoing it with my chores. I just want my life back to as near normal as I can get it I guess. No real complaints tho. No hot flashes or night sweats which was what I feared the most.


If I stop laughing, I'll start crying! Lori Dx 3/18/2016, IDC: Papillary, Left, 1cm, Stage IIA, Grade 2, 2/13 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 7/6/2016 Mastectomy: Left; Prophylactic mastectomy: Right; Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Chemotherapy 8/5/2016 Taxol (paclitaxel) Radiation Therapy 2/20/2017 External: Chest wall Hormonal Therapy 5/23/2017 Arimidex (anastrozole) Chemotherapy AC

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