Breast cancer hormone therapy

Common Questions and Answers about Breast cancer hormone therapy


Avatar n tn Form what you posted, it seems that your mother is in the early stage of breast cancer. She will benefit from either chemotherapy or hormonal therapy. She can undergo chemotherapy then hormonal therapy after she is done with her chemotherapy. Her hormone receptor status is positive. A positive hormonal status has better prognosis compared to those with negative hormone receptor status.
Avatar n tn Lymph nodes clear. After surgery had mammosite. Should I do hormone therapy? I also had ovarian cancer 2 yrs. ago. Stage 1A also. Doing well here. Took chemo for OV. and left me with aching legs and joints. The hormone therapy has so many side affects. The drugs suggested for me are Arimidex or Raloxifene. Is there anyone that does not take hormone therapy and is still doing well with no recurrance?
Avatar n tn Im reading a lot of advice against the use of hormone replacement therapy, but the studies I have researched report that its the combination of progesterone and estrogen that is bad for you, and that estrogen alone may actually decrease the risk of breast cancer. My question then is has anybody else read any studies similar?
Avatar f tn I have heard that taking hormones can lead to a higher risk in getting breast cancer. How long in all have you taken hormones?
492898 tn?1222243598 Laboratory tests are performed after surgery or biopsy to determine if the breast cancer cells are hormone receptor positive. Hormone receptor positive breast cancer is depended on estrogen hormone for multiplication and growth and it is rational to block the hormones on which the tumor cells are feeding. Contrary to many people’s belief; hormonal therapy is a more effective form of breast caner adjuvant therapy compared to chemotherapy.
973741 tn?1342342773 It can increase the risk, but every woman has to weigh the benefits with the risks with her doctor. "The researchers found that compared with women who never used MHT, women who did had a significantly higher risk of developing invasive breast cancer. They estimated that 6.3% of women who never used MHT developed breast cancer, compared to 8.3% of women who used the combination drug continually for five years.
Avatar n tn s plenty of confusion about hormone replacement therapy, which is now commonly called hormone therapy. The truth is that hormone therapy is not a magical cure , but it's still the most effective treatment for unpleasant menopausal symptoms for most women. Estrogen remains the most effective treatment for relief of troublesome menopausal hot flashes and night sweats. It can also ease vaginal symptoms of menopause, such as dryness, itching, burning and discomfort with intercourse.
Avatar f tn It is manly the hormone therapy..Any treatment for cancer (chemotherapy/ radiotherapy/ hormone) in not safe for preganancy. Herceptin can cause decreased amount of fluid between fetus and uterus (amniotic fluid) but after 6 months its rik is low while tamoxifen is teratogenic (can cause developmental abnormality in embryo). It is wise to wait for 2-3 yrs after completion of therapy. Bets wishes.
Avatar n tn As long as you have breast tissue and have estrogen you run a very high risk for breast cancer returning. If it returned it could be a whole new type of cancer or it could be a recurrence of the type you have now. So, if you're seriously considering keeping the breasts as they are now and refusing hormonal therapy then you are putting yourself out there like dry timber with a matchbook close by.
Avatar f tn I have been told from the start that with a lumpectomy I would need radiation. I found out later about the hormone therapy. I want to know if this is standard of care for my situation. I had a 1cm lump including DCIS and ILC. My margins were 6mm, 1cm, 5cm, 6cm. The ILC was in a linear pattern and low nuclear grade. 4 of 4 nodes were negative for cancer. I am ER+ 100% and PR+ 90%. I am HER2 negative. I was told my cancer was caught very early and I should be OK.
Avatar f tn We would recommend against any form of hormone replacement therapy in women with hormone receptor positive cancer. Bioidentical or synthetic, it is still hormone therapy. In fact, the purpose of arimidex is to remove any estrogen that may be produced outside the ovaries. Research has shown that this significantly reduces the risk of recurrence.
Avatar n tn i had breast cancer 15 1/2 years ago and a radical mastectomy (14 lymph nodes removed) - I am on hormone therapy and had chemo & radiation at the time of diagnosis. Now, recently, I have been experiencing an extremely itchy chest where the mastectomy was performed and from scratching have slight sores and redness. If I leave it alone it goes away but returns in about 2 weeks, again extremely itchy. I went for an exam and my doctor wants me to go for a biopsy to play it safe.
Avatar n tn I was diagnosed at age 49 in May, 2007 with Stage II, 3 nodes positive. I had 4 rounds of A/C and 4 rounds of Taxol followed by 33 rounds of radiation. My doctor now wants to put me on hormone therapy. I am premenopausal but haven't gotten my period since July due to chemo. She won't put me on Tamoxifin because of a past history of TIA several years ago. She said I would be at too high a risk for stroke on it.
Avatar f tn Treatment of male breast cancer uses the same modalities as are used to treat females with breast cancer, these may include use of surgery, radiation therapy, hormone therapy, biologic therapy and/or chemotherapy. Decisions regarding treatment are based on such factors as stage of disease, tumor characteristics (size of tumor, hormone receptor status, Her2 status), lymph node status.
1162347 tn?1293503170 We can tell you that hormone (antiestrogen) treatments (such as tamoxifen/arimidex) are frequently given following surgery for ER and/or PR-positive breast cancer to reduce the risk of recurrence in the form of metastatic disease. The use of hormone therapy works against cancer in a different way than “chemotherapy” medications do so it may be used both in settings when chemotherapy is used or not used.
Avatar f tn I was recently diagnosed with breast cancer. My breast cancer treatment will be radiation treatment for a month or so, and I will have to take hormone therapy (for example, tamoxifin) for 5 years. I have hep c and was planning to treat with interferon and ribavirin, and with the new PI telaprevir or boceprevir - as soon as either one is available. Does anyone know if there will be any added issues that I should be aware of when getting the hep c treatment while on hormone therapy? Thanks.
Avatar f tn Hi, Tamoxifen is hormonal therapy used in patients with hormone receptor positive status and is known to increase the cancer free survival. Radiation is used generally as an adjuvant to the surgery/chemotherapy/ hormone therapy. What has your breast specialsit advised and what is your diagnosis? Let us know if you have any doubts and post us on how you are doing. Regards.
Avatar n tn Hi, How are you? There are many options for breast cancer treatment and several factors such as type of breast cancer, its stage, whether the cancer cells are sensitive to hormones, patient's overall health and medical condition that needs to be considered. After diagnosis, most women undergo surgery for breast cancer and receive additional treatment, such as chemotherapy, hormone therapy or radiation. Aggressive and early treatment usually results to remission. Take care and best regards.
Avatar f tn My main concern has been that I had a positive sentinel node and from everything I have read most patients receive chemo as well as the hormonal therapy. Since before the breast cancer, I had no post menopausal symptoms, no hysterectomy and was in pretty good health (except for the MS) and even with the tomaxifen I only have slight flushes one or twice a day, does this mean that the tomaxifen may not be working as it should.
Avatar f tn What this means for patients “It’s very exciting to find that in addition to preventing bone loss in women receiving hormone therapy for breast cancer, zoledronic acid can also reduce the likelihood that breast cancer will return in some women,” said lead author Michael Gnant, MD, Professor of Surgery at the Medical University of Vienna and President of the Austrian Breast and Colorectal Cancer Study Group.
Avatar n tn Those are drugs that were primarily given to post chemo breast cancer patients since breast cancer is usually estrogen related. The correlation between breast cancer and estrogen related ovarian cancer is being studied, and the theory is if they work for breast cancer patients, they may work for estrogen related ovarian cancer, as well. For me, Aromasin has kept my cancer stable for the last 9 months.
Avatar f tn I would think Chemo would be the first treatment since there was node involvement, probably followed by Radiation and possibly some Hormone Therapy IF the cancer proves to be ER/PR positive. Good luck with the re-excision......