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I completed all treatments for breast cancer but now I am supposed to take hormone blocker, named anastrozole. im concerned about the side effects. Has anyone here taken it and did anyone have hair loss?
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I had my 1year mammogram today, all clear! Yea! Now my oncologist is recommending that I take Prolia injections twice a year to reduce the chances of my osteopenia progressing to osteoporosis.
I have seen some discussion about this awhile ago but I can’t find that thread. I would like to hear from someone who has taken this. What was your experience good/bad. I’m trying to decide whether or not to take it.
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Hi- Congrats on your good news! I am interested to find out what different
options are available for delaying osteoporosis. I am on my first year of
Anastrazole and want to do anything I can to help my bones.
Did you get a baseline bone scan – before you started? I had one and they told me to take 2,000 units D3 Oil capsules a day. And 1000 of calcium daily. These things will not hurt to take. Discuss this with your oncologist or her nurse. (It's easier to talk to my oncologist's nurse). Good luck.
Thanks so much. Yes, I am taking D3 and Calcium. I did have a baseline that
showed osteopenia. Would love to do anything that will help.
Yes, bones are a worry for those of us on AIs. I used to think that calcium and D3 were the answer until I read where an NIH study (also reported by Mayo) warned that the combination can lead to heart disease. I now hold onto the advice that daily (moderately intense) exercise, including weight-bearing exercises, may be the safer option.
Thanks- might anyone have a link to this study?
Here are a number of articles which may be of interest:
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Thank you so much! Denise
My oncologist has also order a drug to help with bone loss. I have IV injection of zoledronic acid (ZOMETA) every 6 months.
The day after IV I had mild side effects. Sort of like mild flu symptoms. The nurse told me that is common side effect.
I was also told not to have any dental procedures around time I was having IV done.
So glad your test came out OK.
I am at the one year mark for taking Anastrozol. I have soreness everywhere but mostly in my back on the right side. The doctor said that it may be because I am right handed. That back muscle gets used more and therefore is more sore. Because I already had the beginnings of osteopenia before starting Anastrozol the doctor strongly recommend that I have the Prolia injections but is leaving it up to me to decide.
Thanks for your reply @roach, Laurie. I'm not sure about this Porlia injection. The printout I was given about its side effects is concerning. Ten different side effects serious enough to report to the doctor ASAP! Also needing clearance from my dentist too! It is a bit scary.
Thank you. Please keep us posted on your decision regarding Prolia. Denise
I had my first prolia shot in July and I felt a little achy the next day. That’s all thank god. My next shot is in January. My oncologist said he would to keep me on this forever. I am 54 years old. Hope this is helpful 😊
Thank you. I wanted to check out options, but then will definitely talk with my oncologist.
Is this Prolia a rest of your life type medicine or is that specific to your personal treatment? Glad to hear that you only felt achy for one day.
You are wise to consider this decision carefully. This drug has a controversial background.
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