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What has been your experiences with arimidex? Not sure I want to take. It. Tumor size 4mm stage 1, invasive ductal. Please advise.

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  • Sharon Danielson Profile
    anonymous
    Survivor since 2007
    I am in my last year of Femara and feel extremely lucky to have had a type of breast cancer that was ER+ PR+ Her2- There are drugs that can lower the hormones my breast cancer fed off of. You are also lucky to have this type of breast cancer. Plenty of women on this board so not have this option as they don't have the type of cancer that would benefit from this type of treatment. When I was diagnosed, my oncologist --ran the numbers-- and taking this hormone blocking drug upped my percentages of life by a bunch. I urge you to make this decision with the same seriousness as the other procedure to rid yourself of this tough opponent. You have such a early stage cancer, but you will be stopping your treatment before it has been completed. You probably feel like you have done enough. I can assure you, if you follow through with your decision, and you have a reoccurrence, you can't go back and have a do-over. Although there are no guarantee's, this is your golden opportunity to get rid of this monster, and starve any lingering cancer cells of nourishment. Take care, Sharon
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  • Life is Good! Profile
    anonymous
    Survivor since 2003
    I took it for five years with minimal side effects. It is extra insurance! Good luck with your decision.
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  • Nancy Ries Profile
    anonymous
    Survivor since 2011
    Anonymous, I have been taking Arimidex for 11 months since finishing radiation. My cancer was stage 1a and 3 mm. Estrogen and progesterone positive. Fortunately, I have had none of the side effects associated with this medication. I am overweight but I have been a faithful gym goer for five years. I am finding it extremely difficult to lose weight but I have not gained any since starting Arimidex. I am 64 years old and post menopausal. The peace of mind I receive by taking a positive step from a recurrence means that I look forward to seeing my three young grandsons (9, 3 and 3) becoming men with futures of their own.
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  • Deborah St. Aubin Profile
    anonymous
    Learning About Breast Cancer
    Started Arimidex four months ago after Chemo, so far no side effects to speak of other than getting tired easily, not sure if that is a common side effect or just still recovery from the Chemo and Radiation. I am just thankful for any protection of recurrence , why not give it a chance?
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  • Anne Marie jacintho Profile
    anonymous
    Survivor since 2003
    First time around I opted out of taking tamoxifen chose bilateral mastectomy thought I went above and beyond to treat my DCIS felt tamoxifen would not make a difference as my aunt had taken it for 5 years and 10 years later had a reoccurrence. Well in 2008 I had a reoccurrence of DCIS along the incision line could it have been prevented if I took the tamoxifen? Would I still have had the reoccurrence anyway as my aunt did? Who knows.... This time around as soon as they said I had micro invasive cells I jumped on taking the tamoxifen took it for three years and 5 months ago was switched to arimidex, as blood test showed I was menopausal. Currently I'm dealing with vaginal spotting for the last month could it be a side effect or I'm just not quite menopausal. My doctors are aware and I have a follow up at the end of the month. Even with this curve in the road I'm continuing to take the arimidex until I'm told otherwise. It's kind of dam I do and dam if I don't. I think the doctors are just as baffled but trying their best to guide me, but no matter what there is always that 1% that things don't go as suppose to. I've come to the conclusion that I may just be that 1% someone's got to be.....
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    • Kathy Basham Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2012

      I started the vaginal spotting/dark discharge within 3weeks of starting arimidex yet my oncologist doesn't think it causes that. I went to my gyn and he said it is vaginal atrophy due to the medication. I had a hysterectomy in 2000 but was using...

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      I started the vaginal spotting/dark discharge within 3weeks of starting arimidex yet my oncologist doesn't think it causes that. I went to my gyn and he said it is vaginal atrophy due to the medication. I had a hysterectomy in 2000 but was using HRT until my breast cancer dx.

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    • Anne Marie jacintho Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2003

      Morning Kathy, I've been wanting a total abdominal hysterectomy with bilateral oophorectomy (TAH/BSO) since 2008 I also had vaginal bleeding while on tamoxifen but my endometrial biopsies always show a normal cycle and pelvic ultrasound showed...

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      Morning Kathy, I've been wanting a total abdominal hysterectomy with bilateral oophorectomy (TAH/BSO) since 2008 I also had vaginal bleeding while on tamoxifen but my endometrial biopsies always show a normal cycle and pelvic ultrasound showed no uterine atrophy. I'm figuring maybe this time I'll get that TAH/BSO. Just hope it's for uterine atrophy and nothing else. Thanks for sharing your experience.

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    anonymous
    Survivor since 2012
    Better than feeding cancer cells with estrogen
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  • Jk Joyce Profile
    anonymous
    Survivor since 2012
    I have been on it for two months and I stay hot and sweat a lot!! Never did that before. Also it can cause constipation but I take something everyday to prevent that. I feel like this medicine is an insurance against a cancer occurrence. I am the only one that can fight for ME!
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  • Joni Dempsey Profile
    anonymous
    Learning About Breast Cancer
    No side effects at all for me except not able to lose weight. I feel a bit weird every so often and wonder if it is the med. will keep going. Have been on it for 3 months so far...
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