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Feb 22, 2021 08:17PM
Whatjusthappened, I have never heard that radiation targets rapidly growing cells like chemo. My impression is that it is totally different than chemo in that it kills what it is aimed at. Where did you hear this? Do you have any documentation on this? I think I had/have lymphedema in my arms. I don't feel the radiation caused the problems with my arms, because the swelling and pain started right after chemo and before radiation and was in both arms. Feels better now after DIEP, so I'm hoping it lasts after I restart AIs. But don't want to get my hopes up and get disappointed again.
Lily, I would have been more concerned if it was on my left side too, "luckily" it was on my right. I'm feeling better, sore and extra tired, but getting some things done around the house. I don't feel ready to start AI yet. I need to feel much better before I introduce that kind of pain again. I'll probably try the letrozole. I have osteopenia and my MO has not said a word about taking anything yet except calcium. I guess we'll wait and see if it gets worse.
BCat40 and others, I also have never been on birth control. Stupid me thought it might cause cancer. I also have a hard time with meds. Tried several SSRIs and after one pill said no way. So I totally understand how you feel. But due to the importance of these meds, I think you should give it more of a shot. Some side effects will most likely go away, such as nausea, dizziness, fatigue. Others may get worse, such as joint and muscle pain. I've been suffering horribly since June, because I wanted to give it a fair shot. I'm on my 4th AI. I've heard Tamoxifen, and the drug you are taking are more easily tolerated than AIs. So I'd give it more time because ovarian suppression and AIs are worse.
Marie914, There is no harm in trying, you can always stop and some people are fine.
Pleomorphic Multifocal, Extra nodal Extension, Lymphovascular Invasion. TEs removed due to infection
8/15/2019, LCIS, Right, 6cm+, Grade 3, ER+/PR+, HER2-
8/15/2019, ILC, Right, 2cm, Grade 3, 2/5 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
9/23/2019 Lymph node removal: Sentinel; Mastectomy: Right; Prophylactic mastectomy: Left; Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement
3/29/2020 Whole-breast: Breast, Lymph nodes, Chest wall
6/3/2020 Aromasin (exemestane)
8/5/2020 Arimidex (anastrozole)
8/24/2020 Prophylactic ovary removal