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MargaretB

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So this was news to me -  A new study finds that two-thirds of women with breast cancer have a heightened risk that the cancer will recur even many years after the initial diagnosis. But the study, in the Journal of Clinical Oncology, shows the risk of cancer recurrence can be dramatically reduced by taking letrozole.

So my question - who is taking Femara and what side effects are you having?  I just switched to Aromosin but my onc said I could take any of them so I'll ask him in May, but I wanted to see what you all thought.
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My onc told me that the single best predictor of who would get breast cancer is who has HAD breast cancer.  IOW, if you've had it once you're much more liable to get it again.  I was overjoyed to hear the news.

I took Tamoxifen in 1995, and it was very hard for me.  I had lots of muscle aches, lots of joint aches, it destroyed my sex life, grayed my hair, made me feel like a very old lady.

I take Femara now.  I have a trigger finger on each hand, and some fatigue, but nothing like what it was when I had Tamoxifen.


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I tried Tamoxifen, had severe CTS in both hands, plantar fascitis in right foot and severe joint pain all over. Swithed to Arimidex and added night sweats,  panic attacks and short term memory problems. Switched to Femera which has been much kinder to me. All the SE's are still there but MUCH more tolerable for me.
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Margaret, Thank you for posting this.
I am having a really hard time right now. The news about Ferne has been very upsetting to me and I am also scared shitless about not being on any hormonal because of the blood clot and not knowing what the CT scan said from yesterday.
Well, after reading this study I am going to tell my doctor tomorrow that I am getting an ooph and starting Femara whether he likes it or not.
I am SICK OF HIS STALLING
I booked my Lupron shot myself for tomorrow. He thinks it is fine for my hormones to be back to pre-cancer levels.
I am done.
This post couldn't have come at a better time for me.

Once again you have pulled me out of a hole.
Thanks, Margo.

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Gina, one of my bosses was so excited this morning when he came in - that's the first thing he said to me so he looked up the side effects for me and started doing some research, enough so that I will ask my onc. when I go in May.  I found the article on NPR.com but didn't have time to post it today.  I will be talking to my doctor about an ooph this year too.

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