Aromatase Inhihibitors: Did you decide to go on them or not?

Posted by nanato6 @nanato6, Oct 12, 2018

Nanaloves: I’m about to start arimidex and just feel that the contraindications , bone issues etc. are overwhelming. I’m 70 years old, dodged a bullet I feel with zero stage DCIS but the follow up is pretty much no different then if it was more aggressive. I’ve just done 33 treatments of radiation and now they advise arimidex as a preventative. I’m not sure with the beginnings of arthritis and lower back. sensitivity already that I should take it. Anyone not take it and not have a recurrence within the 5 years.


You are not the exception 25 to 35 percent of woman have serious enough problems they stop the medication .

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@cancersucks I often wonder why our doctors don't support us that we are not the only ones that have stopped the medication. Sometimes I feel like I'm the only one that has decided not to take the medication but never get reassurance from the doctors that there are many of us choosing quality of life.


Hi @mollyjbrown, I appreciate your posting about your experience living with Arimidex (anastrozole). For some people, it can certainly be a challenge to manage the side effects. You'll notice that I moved your message to this discussion where women are talking about tough choices: sticking with an aromatase inhibitor and coping with side effects or discontinuing the medication. It is a different risk calculus for everyone and each person experiences side effects differently. Thus, I'm grateful to add your story of how you manage the side effects and the choices you made.

@goldieshostak, you ask a very good question if your risk of recurrence is worth continuing with Arimidex. I encourage to read the post from Molly that was just added above this post. Ultimately the decision is yours. I recommend that you talk with your oncologist to discuss YOUR specific risk of recurrence.

I'm curious if anyone has used the CTS5 calculator ( with their oncologist to calculate their risk of recurrence? The tool is meant to be used with your doctor. You can read more about it here:

Anyone use it with their doc?

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Ho Colleen, I posted a Anastrozole to the breast cancer thread before I saw this can you move it to this subject? Thanks

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