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1 day ago · 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.

Tue, Dec 3 9:14pm · 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.

Tue, Nov 19 9:10am · 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.

Mon, Nov 18 9:24am · Concerned about the side effects of anastrozole in Breast Cancer

I also read a study that Fosamax makes the bones MORE brittle – so you are at higher risk of breaking bones! I'd avoid that too.

Mon, Nov 18 9:19am · Concerned about the side effects of anastrozole in Breast Cancer

Someone else posted that it can take up to 2 to 3 months for the joint pain to subside. I've been off it 3 weeks now – my hands are starting to feel better. I was switched to exemestane.

Mon, Nov 18 9:17am · Concerned about the side effects of anastrozole in Breast Cancer

Deep breaths – Stay positive and you can get through this!

Thu, Nov 14 6:18pm · Concerned about the side effects of anastrozole in Breast Cancer

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.

Sun, Nov 3 7:47pm · Concerned about the side effects of anastrozole in Breast Cancer

I for sure will talk to her about this. I already told her about advances in treatments. I hope she's smart enough to listen to her doctors about options. She lives in Kansas City – so there should be good treatments there. This Blog has done so much for my spirits. You guys all ROCK!!! I've learned so much from this group.