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Fri, Mar 6 8:08am · What is effective in treating joint pain from AI treatment? in Breast Cancer

Wow – I have some itching too but did not realize it could be the exemestane. My hand pain has really diminished but is still there. I'ts like a 1, instead of a 5 every day. So I told myself I can stand this. My 1 year was in November. So I have 3 1/2 years to go. I also gave up sugar and wheat. I've even lost some weight – I assume from less sugar.

Wed, Jan 29 11:35am · LCIS-Age 61 (post menopause) diagnosis- AI’s a good idea? in Breast Cancer

Good luck. I think I can stick with exemestane for another 4 years. I'm pretty sure I would not have stuck with anastrozole that long – I was at 7 months & the hand pain was unbearable. It's still there but tolerable. What were your side effects on exemestane?

Wed, Jan 29 10:25am · LCIS-Age 61 (post menopause) diagnosis- AI’s a good idea? in Breast Cancer

Personally I chose to do an AI (now on exemestane) because MBC scares me & the 5 year survival rate is so low about 22% for 5 years. I'm 64 I want to live another 20 years. I had bad joint pain from anastrozole, but I can live with the better side effects from exemestane, My joints still hurt but so much less on the exemestane.

Wed, Jan 29 10:22am · LCIS-Age 61 (post menopause) diagnosis- AI’s a good idea? in Breast Cancer

I attended a talk on BC with 6 doctors, the most interesting fact I learned was that a double mastectomy, does NOT lower your risk for Breast cancer from coming back. Even in the most extreme procedures, they leave from 2 to 5% of breast tissue behind. After many studies they determined the chance of re-occurrence was the SAME with or without a mastectomy. So they are now trying to talk women out of this procedure. This was doctors with the University of Nebraska Medical Center.

Dec 19, 2019 · Concerned about the side effects of anastrozole in Breast Cancer

My doctor told me to take Rogaine – You have to take it for like 3 months to see if it will even work. I bought some but have not used it yet.

Dec 13, 2019 · Concerned about the side effects of anastrozole in Breast Cancer

I just started Exemestane like 6 weeks ago. What were the side effects you had – if you don't mind me asking. I was on Anastrozole previously like for 11 months. My hands hurt so much it was unbearable.

Dec 3, 2019 · Concerned about the side effects of anastrozole in Breast Cancer

I met a lady who has severe Lymphodema on her left arm – she said she is always vigilant as any slight injury, causes her severe cellulitis. She is also a BC survivor – but they took out 29 of her 30 lymph nodes on that arm, like 15 years ago. So she still has problems. All of her nodes were negative – but maybe that's what they did back then. Seems like the surgeon was crazy to me. Good luck & she was wearing a compression sleeve.

Nov 19, 2019 · Concerned about the side effects of anastrozole in Breast Cancer

I wish you all the best of luck making this decision. After 3 weeks on Exemestane, my hands feel better. (so It's been 4 weeks since I took Anastrozole). They also told me 5 to 10 years on the drugs. But I'm only 64 now & just passed my 1 year mark. I hope the doctor has a frank talk with you about your side effects and your chances of recurrence. You have to trust them, even though it's scary.