I had idc stage II and did have radiation, but I was on tamoxifen for nearly 3 years and have been on arimidex for 3/12. Docs say new studies recommend total of 10 years on meds. The side effects aren't great, arimidex can cause bone loss also, but I am taking it to hopefully lessen my chance of recurrence. There is no easy answer and I get frustrated too. I get a bone density test every 2 years (have one tomorrow) so hoping I am doing okay. best to you whatever you decide ~ JennaView Thread
Hi, I cannot believe you have a doctor who thinks you are paranoid. I would get rid of that doctor immediately. I see nothing to laugh about, and perhaps you may need to see a neurologist because of the falls. It could be some type of neuropathy which some drugs cause. Please check with your oncologist for the recommendation of a new pcp, or check with your health provider. Breathe!!! You certainly have a lot going on and it is upsetting to not be taken seriously.
Good luck and please let us know how you are doing.
Hi, This is a very personal decision and everyone has a different opinion. I had stage 2B invasive ductal carcinoma, had chemo, then lumpectomy then 33 radiation treatments. For me this was the best decision. I have a regimen of 10 years on meds. NO decision is easy, and I wish you well - I have 2 friends who had mastectomies, and for them they are happy with their choice, although both did have chemo. best to you and let us know what you decide ~ JennaView Thread
Hi, I never had stomach aches from radiation, but a lot of hot flashes and fatigue. I do get a lot of indigestion, but I am not sure if that was from the chemo too and I take Arimidex. Over the counter antacids seem to help. I would definitely check with your doctor if your symptoms continue. It could be one of these crazy viruses going around, but best to be sure.
Sorry just seeing this post. By now you must have a diagnosis and hoping it is nothing serious. Did you have a biopsy done? Let us know how you made out - promise to get in and respond with any questions you may have.View Thread
Hi there, Glad you got good news about your lymph nodes and they got all the cancer! That is tough to have such a long ride to radiation, but hope it goes fast. I had chemo, lumpectomy and 33 radiation treatments. I was tired through the radiation but some of that may have been residual from chemo. Be sure to get as much rest as possible, eat well, and stay hydrated. Also, get a good cream like Aquafor to put on the radiated area to help from skin peeling. You will feel fine once you are done, and hopefully think of it less and less and you get back to your new "normal". I believe as a cancer survivor it always lurks in the background if a recurrence can happen, but you have to live your life and take one day at a time. I am now 7 years out, have had one scare about 6 months ago, but it was fine. It brings it back to the surface again, but I honestly do try really hard to not dwell on the what ifs and enjoy life!!!! Wish you tons of luck and good health ~ JennaView Thread
Sorry to hear of all the stress you are enduring. Waiting for test results is the pits for sure. Stay busy and positive and know there are women out there praying and sending good thoughts your way. Let us know an update ~
best, Jenna ps - I had a wire guided biopsy as well and watching it on the monitor, so I know exactly what you went thru.View Thread
Congrats on 5 years! I am 7 years out and also started treatments just before Xmas, so I had a wig on after my 1st treatment. It all seems so long ago and I truly have learned not to sweat the small stuff and try and enjoy each day... I had a scare a few months back but all is well, a constant reminder of where I have been, but oh so grateful to be feeling good and brushing my hair each morning and NEVER saying I am having a bad hair day!!! Once you have been thru chemo, there is a new appreciation for hair!