Has anyone had to take a pill for 5 years after all the chemo? And why does it feel like I am the only one? :-(

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anonymous

Learning About Breast Cancer almost 2 years ago
  • anonymous
    Stage 3B Patient

    Not alone at all. I have one more chemo treatment then radiation but dr already told me I will be on pill for 5 years since I was estrogen .

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  • anonymous
    Stage 3B Patient

    Not alone at all. I have one more chemo treatment then radiation but dr already told me I will be on pill for 5 years since I was estrogen

    almost 2 years ago Comment Flag
  • anonymous
    Stage 3B Patient

    Not alone at all. I have one more chemo treatment then radiation but dr already told me I will be on pill for 5 years since I was estrogen

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  • anonymous
    Learning About Breast Cancer

    Thank u ladies!!

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  • anonymous
    Learning About Breast Cancer

    Thank u ladies!!

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  • anonymous
    Survivor since 2011

    I did surgery, chemo , radiation now Five years of tamoxafen. 4 years to go.

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    anonymous
    Learning About Breast Cancer

    You are defiantly not the only one, most women I know or have heard of have to take hormone treatment for at least five years. Some of us will be on it indefinitely. You will find many, many woman on this forum that are on the same treatment. Good luck with it all.

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  • anonymous
    Survivor since 2007

    Hi Sylvia, I am into my 5th year of taking the hormone blocking drug Femara. After finding out what type of breast cancer I had... and learning about the different types of breast cancer..... I felt LUCKY to have the type that is "fed" by hormones. We have the opportunity to take a hormone blocking drug to starve our type of cancer cells. Even after surgery, and chemotherapy, there may still be a few cancer cells roaming around your body, the hormone blocking drug does not allow them the substance that nourishes them and helps them grow. Lots of women are taking this 5 year hormone blocking therapy. I think you need to have your doctor explain this portion of your treatment to you, in depth. It is very important. Good luck, Sharon

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  • anonymous
    Learning About Breast Cancer

    Yes I too was on a pill for 5yrs.

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  • anonymous
    Learning About Breast Cancer

    Like Sharon said, it's a good thing not a bad thing to have these hormone receptors. I will be on it after chemo and radiation.

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  • anonymous
    Learning About Breast Cancer

    Sylvia, you have many companions in treatment with anti hormonal pills that block estrogens. Many! Including myself. I was ER PR and post menopausal, so I was given arimidex for 5 years. Some docs say 10 but mine said 5, so because of side effects I stopped at 5. My cancer came back at 11 years! I wonder if I should have stayed on that pill .Nevertheless, I have done surgery chemo and soon radiation and all is going well. I am taking Femara letrozole now and my oncologist says 10 years!! Yes the side efectos seem

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  • anonymous
    Learning About Breast Cancer

    Ooops Sylvia got interrupted sorry....I was saying that my experience shows the importance of seriously considering taking estrogen inhibitors to prevent growth of tumors. Weighing side effects w benefits in my case, I think I will take Femara for 10 years unless something better comes up! :) hope this helps you... You have MANY companions on this path...

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  • anonymous
    Stage 4 Patient

    Hi Sylvia, I was put on Tamoxifen about three weeks ago. I will have to be on medicine for at least five years or more.

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  • anonymous
    Stage 2B Patient

    Sylvia my doctor told me that they are looking at the benefits of extending aromatse inhibitors far past the five year mark do you should not be surprised or alarmed at it

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