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Concerned about the side effects of anastrozole

Breast Cancer | Last Active: Apr 27 1:15pm | Replies (1931)

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@marker I wanted to continue my aromatase inhibitor, letrozole, after 5 years but I did a test called the Breast Cancer Index, which tells you two thing: risk level and whether extended meds are of benefit.

I got high risk, but no benefit from further meds.

Maybe ask your doc about this test. I found it myself and my doc is now using it and it is also now in the NCCN guidelines.

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Just adding I would have been so happy to continue taking letrozole. I felt safe while on it.

As for side effects: I am helping a friend who has to do chemo. She would be so grateful to "just" do hormonal meds.

Thanks for this suggestion! I start Letrozole next week as my oncologist likes to wait 2 weeks post radiation. (ILC, 57 years, Stage 1, 1.8 cm, ER+). I've never heard of the Breast Cancer Index- I am scheduled to see nurse practitioner after being on Letrozole for 3 months. I'm anxious after reading side effects - I do have osteopenia - has anyone tried Glucosamine Chondroitin to help with bone/joint pain? I'm also taking 2000mg Vit D3 and trying to get 1500 mg Calcium daily.