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1 day ago · Concerned about the side effects of anastrozole in Breast Cancer

@kathyomaha55
Yes, normally tamoxifen is prescribed to pre-menopausal women, but upon occasion, when none of the AIs are patient-compatible, an oncologist may prescribe it. There are trade-offs, however, like increased risk of uterine cancer and blood clots. Your oncologist is the best source of information on all this.

2 days ago · Concerned about the side effects of anastrozole in Breast Cancer

@gails
I would recommend that you discuss this with your oncologist before taking any supplements, and especially something which contains progestin (progesterone). Do you know your Progesterone Receptor status? I would imagine that it would be an important part of the discussion.

As to being concerned about the side effects of anastrozole before starting it, you might want to wait and see how you react to it. Not everyone has side effects from it; some side effects are quite manageable; some even go away after a year or so, as your body adjusts to it. Keep the faith, and always keep your oncologist in the ongoing, multi-year dialogue!

Fri, Jul 12 12:10pm · Just Diagnosed and So Confused; Feeling Lost in Breast Cancer

@6750
You have more strength to get through this journey then you may be giving yourself credit for… but we all need to feel connected with others at a time like this. Does your community have a cancer support community center? It's a great resource for meeting others with all forms and stages of breast cancer and receiving/sharing invaluable information. Do any of your local churches have a Stephen Ministry program? You don't need to be religious to have a SM caregiver… she will meet with you regularly and serve as a sounding board for your fears and frustrations. Connectiveness is participatory, and one needs to initiate it when living alone. In the meantime, this Mayo Connect group is always here for you, albeit remotely.

Thu, Jul 11 5:48pm · Concerned about the side effects of anastrozole in Breast Cancer

@dmgweiss
I, too, have experienced sleep changes like yours. I am conflicted as to the cause, however. An after-effect of chemo? Cutting back on caffeine? New supplements? My whole person is physiologically different from the one I knew pre-BC….

Mon, Jul 8 9:25pm · Concerned about the side effects of anastrozole in Breast Cancer

@trixie1313
So sorry to hear that you are among the "walking wounded," but it does my heart good to learn that the Fibro Cream brought you some needed relief.

Sun, Jul 7 2:11pm · Concerned about the side effects of anastrozole in Breast Cancer

@kathyomaha55
Hi, Kathy. One of the products which I have learned to appreciate is a homeopathic one, recommended by my chiropractor — Topricin's Fibro Cream. Its active ingredients basically are arnica and echinacea. I use it here and there and it seems to soothe. (Find it on Amazon.) It's a thought.

Sat, Jul 6 6:09pm · Concerned about the side effects of anastrozole in Breast Cancer

Hi, Kathy
CBD has been available here for a while now. The issue, in my view, is obtaining products which actually contain it. As you know, CBD oil is not regulated (like supplements), and a number of groups have tested some products. They concluded that most did not label their jars/bottles/containers as to contents/ingredients, or they labeled them without noting percentages, etc. and that there were various results from the testing (including some products which contained no CBD).

I was interested in something which might relieve the burning from my CIPN. The first product which I bought provided zero relief. The second was a gift and it was okay but unimpressive. The last jar I purchased seems to help with the burning in my fingertips (after 20-30 minutes), but not my feet. One might say caveat emptor, but it's not like distributors allow you to pre-test. The point here is that you may spend your money on something like hemp oil or CBD, but there is no guarantee as to what is going to be in the bottle (it might be 98% coconut oil for example).