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Sat, Mar 2 12:27pm · Video Q&A about the Evolution of the Breast Cancer Clinic in Breast Cancer

There were two schools of thought, which made it confusing for primary physicians, but this is from one website at Harvard.edu. You can see the inconsistency:
"The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommends mammograms every other year for women ages 50 to 74, but says there's not enough evidence to recommend regular mammogram screenings in women ages 75 and older.

Because the frequency and age ranges for testing vary by organization, it can be hard to know which recommendation to follow. Dr. Smith goes by the American Cancer Society guidelines, advising all of her female patients age 40 and older to have annual mammograms.

Should you stop having mammograms after age 75, as the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommends? "If anything, the risk of breast cancer goes up every year a woman is alive," Dr. Smith says. "To say that you stop checking at 75, when the average life expectancy of a woman in this country is in the mid-80s, doesn't make sense to me." As long as you're healthy enough to tolerate a lumpectomy under local anesthesia—should you need it—Dr. Smith recommends that you continue to get annual mammograms in your 70s and beyond."


Thu, Feb 28 8:28pm · Video Q&A about the Evolution of the Breast Cancer Clinic in Breast Cancer

It's hard to believe it happens. I fully trusted my doctor and his wife, who was my nurse practitioner/gynecologist, so it came as a real shock when it turned out they were wrong and I should have been having mammograms. I went for three years without one.

Thu, Feb 28 8:25pm · Video Q&A about the Evolution of the Breast Cancer Clinic in Breast Cancer

I don't know. I hope not. Older women need to be educated about this, so I'm hoping organizations like the Cancer Society are doing just that.

Thu, Feb 28 1:29pm · Video Q&A about the Evolution of the Breast Cancer Clinic in Breast Cancer

A few years ago I was told by my primary doctor that I didn't need mammograms as often now that I was in my 70s. At 79 I discovered the lump myself and had to have my right breast and 10 lymph nodes removed. When I told my oncologist what the PD said, she was horrified. She said if anyone needs mammograms more often, it's older women. So don't let anyone tell you you don't need them. You do!

Wed, Feb 27 6:17pm · After Breast Cancer treatment, what next? in Breast Cancer

I think it's different for everyone, but I had my right breast removed in February, 2017, along with 10 lymph nodes. Four chemo sessions and 30 radiation treatments, and after two years I'm clean. Started on Femara but too much bone pain so switched to Irimidex and no appreciable side effects. I take Boniva once a month to keep my bones strong. Mammograms every year but so far no need for MRIs or other scans. That's about it. I'm 81 and I actually feel pretty good, considering. I had excellent care at two different Cancer clinics and get checkups at each once a year.

Mon, Feb 25 6:28am · Completed 5 years of anastrozole. Withdrawal symptoms? Side effects? in Breast Cancer

I've been on it for about 5 months now. I had a little dizziness when I first started–and crying jags! But it seems to have settled down now and if there are any side effects they're minimal enough to be confused with something else. Hang in there!

Thu, Feb 21 5:24pm · Aromatase Inhihibitors: Did you decide to go on them or not? in Breast Cancer

I've been on Arimidex for about five months, but I'm 81 years old and wonder how much of what I'm experiencing doesn't have more to do with my age and less to do with the medications. I took Femara for six months before I was switched to Arimidex because of bone pain. I don't have as much bone pain now but it's still there. My hair was thinning for a while but it seems to be thickening again. The loose, sometimes uncontrollable stools could also be from the multiple vitamins I'm taking in order to keep my bones from thinning–Vitamins A, B12, C, Iron and calcium.
So I guess my question is, how do we know which is which? What if we're blaming Arimidex for all of this when it could be it's actually something else? It sounds like we'v'e all had radiation at some point, so would that account for some of this? I just don't know.

Sun, Feb 17 7:30pm · Aromatase Inhihibitors: Did you decide to go on them or not? in Breast Cancer

Wow, so I'm not the only one! My problem is what I call seeping poop. It's not diarrhea, but it's loose enough that it seeps onto the pad I have to wear full time now. I didn't think to connect it to the Arimidex but I never had it before, so now I wonder…