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Jul 17, 2017 · Concerned about the side effects of anastrozole in Breast Cancer

Almost 4 months on anastrozole, My quality of life is not what I had hoped for. But I refuse to complain as I have had 27 more years than was expected. 27 years ago I had a mastectomy and chemotherapy followed by 5 years of tamoxofin. As the years went by the fear of recurrence decreased. When I reached 20 years I thought I made it. During testing for another health concern a tumor was found which ultimately was determined to be breast cancer that had decided to come back in my lungs. So the game plan is anastrozole. I was told what the side effects would be but I have to admit they are not as tolerable as I thought they would be. I don’t know if it is because I haven’t figure out how to get ahead of the pain or is the pain in my legs that severe. I try to exercise which helps a little. It also makes me tired and I hate that because I don’t want to miss out on any of life. I luckily have not had any hair thinning. Any suggestions to help with the pain and tiredness that I feel.

Jun 8, 2017 · Breast Cancer Recurrence in Breast Cancer

Yes it was quite a shock. I’m still trying to cope with all the emotions. I was not experiencing any symptoms I had a chest x-ray when I was experiencing difficulty swallowing. It’s sometimes difficult to figure out what is side effects and what could be changes of the cancer. Currently it appears to be side effects. The pain in the bones is the most worrisome. It is nice to have a place to go to when the moments are rough.

Jun 8, 2017 · Breast Cancer Recurrence in Breast Cancer

27 years ago I had breast cancer went through mastectomy, chemo, and 5 years of tamoxifen. Eventually I was able to not think about it. When I reached the 20 year mark I thought to myself I have made it. In March of this year I was told the breast cancer that was hidden for 27 years is back in my lungs.
So the game plan is to make life comfortable for as long as we can. I have been taking anastrozole for about 2 months the side effects are more than I expected. I have muscle and bone pain almost daily with some days almost intolerable. Is this common?