Breast cancer drug Arimidex cleared for use in post menopausal ...

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AstraZeneca's breast cancer drug Arimidex has been cleared by the European medicine regulators, for use as a new treatment option, in women suffering from post menopausal early breast cancer, who are currently ... Full Story
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Lee Ann

New Albany, IN

#128 Dec 7, 2011
I am 8 years out from treatment,which was chemo and Arimidex for 5 years. I am in a wheelchair now, can't walk due to 12 herniated discs in my back, also have osteoporosis. I can't believe I am in such condition and am now trying to work my way back. One of my doctors thinks it may be due to the chemo and Arimidex.
Gail Perry

Saint Petersburg, FL

#129 Dec 7, 2011
The arimidex can absolutely cause osteoporosis. They should have been monitoring your bone density if they knew then what they know now. I know it was standard three years ago.
cancer survivor
#130 Aug 17, 2012
Hi, you say you only have 6 months of Arimidex left to take? You are almost there. I'd say either push through it (even though it seems impossible) or go off of it and don't look back on your decision. You've taken it for nearly 5 years, which should have benefitted you now.(just my personal opinion, not a doctor's opinion.) Good luck; I hope it all works out better for you.
Gail Perry

United States

#131 Aug 17, 2012
cancer survivor wrote:
Hi, you say you only have 6 months of Arimidex left to take? You are almost there. I'd say either push through it (even though it seems impossible) or go off of it and don't look back on your decision. You've taken it for nearly 5 years, which should have benefitted you now.(just my personal opinion, not a doctor's opinion.) Good luck; I hope it all works out better for you.
I agree with you even though I am one of the ones who stopped taking it. I stopped after about two years. It was WAY harder for me than chemo, and chemo only lasted five months.

The statistics are very clear. Arimidex and its sister drugs save lives. I'm just one of the lucky ones and the first to admit that I took a HUGE gamble when I stopped taking it. There's a very significant benefit to taking it for five years and I don't think I'd take my eye off the prize at 4 1/2 years.
diana

Tadcaster, UK

#132 Sep 21, 2012
I have just had a cancer research appeal character at my door! I was impressed that he could answer some of my discussion, but declined a subscription until researchers took note of discussions such as these!!!
I only lasted 42 days on anastozole . The pains and everything else were so bad that I could not drive my new car!!

I had been on metformin for over 10 years, and developed my palpable lump within 3 months of stopping. As this is hoped to be the new and much cheaper medication I refused it. My very personal and un-reseached feelings are that if I am to develop a repeat tumour that will happen anyway. I suspect the drugs just humour folk into a false. security. Some how I trust surgery as they can see the results, Also Radiation makes sense I am too old for chemo thank heavens!!
Having stopped I still have the numbness under my feet and am excessively tired. Much more so than immediately prior to taking the drug, but every day is a little bit longer before I have to rest up!!
tractoristu

Phoenix, AZ

#133 Sep 23, 2012
There is no medicine for cancer !BUT !
There is a therapy second to none. It's Cesium Chloride therapy.
You get cancer free in 2 months .
cancer is not a medical field. A medic does not have scientifical sophistication for cancer. Thei=y stil use 100 y olt technics
Try cesium chloride . Forge abot medical doctors . They are comedians in cancer ! Bozos !
Gail Perry

Saint Petersburg, FL

#134 Sep 23, 2012
How pathetic.
Gigi

Boca Raton, FL

#135 Apr 7, 2013
Patti wrote:
Does anyone have something good to day about arimidex? Is it worth taking, ie quality of life?
I feel the same way ! On 7 days last 3 pain and nausea and now
vomiting... this is not quality of life !

Since: Feb 10

Clearwater, FL

#137 Apr 11, 2013
Sharon wrote:
I have taken Arimidex twice. The first time for 2 months and got very painful joints and leg cramps and hot flashes. Then I stopped for 2 months and the doctorencouraged me to try again. So I did and now it is one month later and I have the same side effects again and mood changes.
Arimidex can be a hard drug to take. It is effective, but it's difficult. My list of side effects was much longer. I toughed it out for two years but then I had to throw in the towel. If that had been my only list, I would have stuck it out, and urge women to do that if they possibly can.

Have you found 'cooling scarves?' I spend a lot of time outside and used them. They really helped -- I kept mine in a cooler or the refrigerator and would wear two at at a time, one around my neck and one around my head, and change them hourly, but they really helped with the hot flashes, esp. in the summmer. Just put "cooling scarves" into Google.

Since: Feb 10

Clearwater, FL

#138 Apr 11, 2013
cancer survivor wrote:
Hi, you say you only have 6 months of Arimidex left to take? You are almost there. I'd say either push through it (even though it seems impossible) or go off of it and don't look back on your decision. You've taken it for nearly 5 years, which should have benefitted you now.(just my personal opinion, not a doctor's opinion.) Good luck; I hope it all works out better for you.
I completely agree with you. The finish line is in sight. It's a marathon. Do something wonderful for yourself when you're done with it. Take a dream trip or a day of pampering or whatever rings your chimes, because you've earned it!

Since: Feb 10

Clearwater, FL

#139 Apr 11, 2013
tractoristu wrote:
There is no medicine for cancer !BUT !
There is a therapy second to none. It's Cesium Chloride therapy.
You get cancer free in 2 months .
cancer is not a medical field. A medic does not have scientifical sophistication for cancer. Thei=y stil use 100 y olt technics
Try cesium chloride . Forge abot medical doctors . They are comedians in cancer ! Bozos !
Be careful, folks. The "bozos" are thos hawking snake oil.
Glenda - Long Island NY

Washington, DC

#140 Jun 1, 2013
I began Arimidex in September 2012 and stopped taking it in May 2013. I am 55 years old and feel 80. The Arimidex caused both knees to swell and the pain is so bad there are days I can barely walk. Prior to taking the Arimidex I was wlways healthy, fit and active. I also suffered with several upper respiritory infections which I didn't associate with the Arimidex until now after reading other posts. The oncologist said that my medical issues have nothing to do with the Arimidex and told me to see a Rheumatologist which I did and am pending results. I am extremely depressed because I can't walk well and I hope and pray that the side-effects are not permanent. I want to file a law suit - can anyone provide info on this?

Since: Feb 10

Clearwater, FL

#141 Jun 1, 2013
Glenda - Long Island NY wrote:
I began Arimidex in September 2012 and stopped taking it in May 2013. I am 55 years old and feel 80. The Arimidex caused both knees to swell and the pain is so bad there are days I can barely walk. Prior to taking the Arimidex I was wlways healthy, fit and active. I also suffered with several upper respiritory infections which I didn't associate with the Arimidex until now after reading other posts. The oncologist said that my medical issues have nothing to do with the Arimidex and told me to see a Rheumatologist which I did and am pending results. I am extremely depressed because I can't walk well and I hope and pray that the side-effects are not permanent. I want to file a law suit - can anyone provide info on this?
I think you might need a new oncologist. After I went on AI's I was in my PCP's office all the time for "injuries." I'd sprained my knee, or a wrist, or a shoulder. They did an MRI on my knee, which was *extremely* painful, and guess what -- there was NOTHING wrong with it, even though I was 65. No arthritis, no cartilage problems, no soft muscle tissue -- a PERFECT knee -- at my age!!!

AI's MAGNIFY PAIN. Tiny micro-injuries that occur to us all the time get magnified and very painful. I stopped the AI's and all these "injuries" mysteriously just STOPPED.

You don't need an RA specialist. Go off the AI for a couple of months first and see if it doesn't all end.

that wasn't everything that happened to me. I know AI's SAVE LIVES. I know that. but I was miserable. I started having panic attacks -- I'd never had one in my entire life but this one put me in the ER, in fact I passed out in the ambulance even on oxygen. There was nothing wrong with my heart, I ahdn't had a stroke, but my arms and legs had gone so numb I couldn't drive my car, pulled off and called 911. It was terrifying.

Then there was there was the insomnia, which became permanent. I have to take something every night to have a chance of falling asleep and that probably won't ever change. My brain was changed.

I'm not saying no one should take them, but it really hacks me off that the doctors apparently pretend these things don't happen.
CMcDaniel

Cibolo, TX

#144 Aug 24, 2013
I will have been on anastrozole for 3 years in October. I had an ortho appointment yesterday and he actually gasped when he put the film up. I have almost NO cartilage left in my right hip.

I'm 70, diagnosed 3 years ago with stage 1 grade 1 IDC. I had mild arthritis at the time, so mild I couldn't feel it but it was diagnosed after CAT or MRI, forgotten which, which showed an inflamed bursa in my hip as the main problem.

I had some aches and pains I attributed to anastrozole, but tolerable. Last September we were in Paris and probably walked 10 miles every day (we do 5 on a routine basis for exercise) I was absolutely pain free, except for climbing up from deep Metro stations. November I began to notice pretty serious pain in my hip, growing worse and worse to the point I can't walk now without limping. This has happened FAST...between September when all was pain free, and this point, although the pain has been at a consistent level for months.

I want him to compare Xrays taken 3 years ago to now, and see if what has happened with this hip is normal,(speed of progression). Got an injection yesterday and he's for not doing a replacement until absolutely necessary. But maybe it's time for me to rethink anastrozole, stop whatever is happening in its tracks. My tumor was less than a centimeter, and although stopping concerns me, I'm not sure I should be given my original diagnosis and my age. I need quality of life. I've run and/or walked for 3 decades and concede that may be part of the problem also, but why just one hip? I love walking, and his recommendation is swimming. Despite having been a lifeguard and swimming instructor when I was young, swimming laps is pure drudgery to me. I'm not sure I can make myself do it. It's depressing as all get out, but I do NOT want anymore joints going the way of this one! What to do, what to do!!!!
Joshua
#145 Sep 23, 2013
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