Women at High Breast Cancer Risk Shou...

Women at High Breast Cancer Risk Should Consider Preventive Drugs: Experts

There are 5 comments on the Mental Help Net story from Jul 9, 2013, titled Women at High Breast Cancer Risk Should Consider Preventive Drugs: Experts. In it, Mental Help Net reports that:

Women at high risk of breast cancer should discuss with their doctors the use of so-called chemopreventive drugs to reduce that risk, according to a new practice guideline issued by the American Society of Clinical Oncology .

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Since: Feb 10

Saint Petersburg, FL

#1 Jul 9, 2013
Having taken all those drugs, let me tell you what they are like for some (50% of women prescribed them after breast cancer stop before the recommended 5 years in spite of the fact that they are clearly life-saving.

Let me tell you what they were like for me. The hot flashes were far worse than menopause. They completely de-sexed me -- when I finally went off them, I was stunned to realize that there were actually two sexes on the planet!

One caused migraines 2 - 3 times a week. It magnified the slightest pain. things that should have been tiny twinges felt so painful that they actually did an MRI on my knee. They could find nothing wrong with it. The next week it was my wrist. Etc.

Then there were the panic attacks. I didn't know what it was until the day I was driving and my arms and legs went numb. I called 911.$8,000 later (not counting the ambulance) they announced that I had had neither a stroke nor a heart attack and could go home, although I could "stay the night" if I wanted to. With no health insurance, what do you think I did?

They told me to check in with my regular physician the next day, which I did. He was horrified that they hadn't treated the panic attack. i'd never had them in my life before.

Five days after I stopped Femara the panic attacks stopped -- completely. Meanwhile, I was now on Xanax as well as taking migraine medication two - three times a week, not to mention the pain killers for the non-existent injuries.

So the doctor switched me to a different AI, and then I had a chronic low-level headache all the time in addition to the migraines.

So he switched me to Tamoxifen. I was on it five days, and found myself sitting on the couch so depressed that I would debate for three hours whether it was worth it or not to get up and make a sandwich.

Not everyone reacts that severely, but a lot of women do.

Did you see ANYTHING in that article about the MAJOR side effects these drugs can cause? Because I must have missed it.

If you have a mastectomy/reconstruction, and probably ovaries reomved, you'll go through menopause, a normal experience eventually anyway, but none of what I just described.

For me, AI's were Hell, bad enough to risk having that breast cancer come back.

By th eway, I am one of the lucky ones so far -- it hasn't come back. It still could, but that was no life I had on those drugs. They could easily ruin your marriage.

Try them, but don't let a doctor bully you, and ... don't let them lie to you, and a sin of omission (if they told you, you might not take them) is a lie.

You know why they came out with this decision? Because THEY aren't comfortable with Anjalina Jolie's choice , and her courage. THEY don't like mastectomies.

IT'S NOT THEIR CHOICE. It's yours. By all means, try the drugs first, but keep a diary and pay attention to how you feel.

Since: Feb 10

Saint Petersburg, FL

#3 Jul 10, 2013
Oh my gosh I left out the insomnia. So there's more pills - sleeping pills, none of which worked.

I've been off those drugs for four years and I still have insomnia. It started on those drugs for the first time and stayed.(Thank goodness the panic attacks didn't!)

Since: Feb 10

Saint Petersburg, FL

#5 Jul 17, 2013
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