Aromatose inhibitors/ mastectomy w/ diep flap reconstruction
This post is threefold. First, I am currently taking anastrozole. I had IDC in 2018 and have been taking it since. I had DCIS in 2007 and took tamoxifen. I found that I have the CHEK2 genetic mutation, so just has bilateral mastectomy with diep flap reconstruction. I have not been back to the oncologist yet, but would like your input. Do I still need to take the anastrozole? Second, I did not realize that anastrozole can cause cognitive problems until I read it on here. I have no physical problems with the medicine, but seem to be having cognitive issues. I just attributed it to the extreme stress (possibly ptsd) I had from having a second cancer that was missed 2 times on MRIs. I was a mess. Third, I just saw the breast surgeon that did my mastectomies. She told me that I should see her in 6 months and then on a regular basis and that I will possibly need mamos and MRIs. WTH!? The reason I had the mastectomies was so I would not need to do that. She says I need a breast exam every year. My oncologist can do that. Quite frankly, I am doctored out. It seems all I do is go to the doctor and I am sick of it. The plastic surgeon that did the reconstruction says I will be done with him as soon as I get my tattooed nipples in a couple of months. I am having a slow ( my opinion) recovering from that surgery…10 hours total. The doctors say I am doing fine but I would like to see how others have handled it. I am 70, but very fit and independent. Opinions and input are appreciated.