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Treatment After Tamoxifen

Treatment After Tamoxifen

I am 51 years old. I have been Taking Tamoxifen for 5 years after Double mastectomy and chemotherapy for stage 2B ER + INVASIVE DUCTAL CARCINOMA. My oncologist wants me to switch from Tamoxifin to an aromatase inhibitor for another 5 years. My blood work shows hormonally I am completely postmenopausal . Wondering if there is anyone who has switched. Experiences?

A MyBCTeam Member said:

Yes, I was Tamoxifen from October 2nd 2016 to August 13th 2018. Started Anastrazole August 4th 2018 and will have to take for a full 5 years. As… read more

posted about 1 month ago

A Swollen Vein In The Armpit After Two Months Of Surgery Can Be A Sign Of Lymphadema?

A Swollen Vein In The Armpit After Two Months Of Surgery Can Be A Sign Of Lymphadema?

I had two lymph nodes removed

A MyBCTeam Member said:

Have Oncologist set you up with Lymphedema specialist who can help and also give you some PT as well.

posted 21 days ago

What Causes Breast Cancer

What Causes Breast Cancer

A MyBCTeam Member said:

That's the million dollar question. There are hereditary factors (like BRCA) and environmental and lifestyle factors and just plain randomness. If a… read more

edited, originally posted about 1 month ago

Has Your Doctors Given Any Specific Advice For The Corona Virus Epidemic?

Has Your Doctors Given Any Specific Advice For The Corona Virus Epidemic?

A MyBCTeam Member said:

although my doctor did not address this during my last visit, it was basically an unknown at that time. but as a retired nurse I already knew prevention… read more

posted 10 days ago

Miami Relay For Life

Miami Relay For Life

Just a reminder for those in the Miami area: The Relay for Life at Baptist Hospital (Kendall Drive & 87th Avenue) will be on March 14th this year. If you've never been, it's an awesome event with lots of food, fun, great music, and a wonderful opportunity to fellowship with other survivors.

A MyBCTeam Member said:

We have one in June in Saskatoon Saskatchewan. Canada. We are called the Snuggle Puppies. We raised quite a bit last yr. Good luck. Yes they are fun. We… read more

posted about 1 month ago

CoQ10 Or Glucosamine?

CoQ10 Or Glucosamine?

Has anyone tried CoQ10 or Glucosamine to help with joint and muscle pain from AIs? If so, did they work? Did your onco OK them? I read that glucosamine can raise blood sugar levels -- did anyone have that experience or hear that from a doc? I was finding that frequent exercise helped ward off AI joint & muscle pain, but I am recuperating from surgery and under orders not to do more than walking for a few more weeks. Feeling stiff and achy.

A MyBCTeam Member said:

I have tried glucosamine when I was younger for arthritis but I have reaction to it each time I tried.

posted about 1 month ago

Shaving Armpit Where You Had Sentinel Node Biopsy/axillary Dissection?

Shaving Armpit Where You Had Sentinel Node Biopsy/axillary Dissection?

Do any of you ladies use a blade razor to shave the armpit where you had a sentinel node biopsy/axillary dissection? My surgeon said I could because my lymphedema risk is low -- PT was more cautious -- but I am a little nervous on that side. Afraid of cutting myself -- esp if the area is a little numb -- and risking lymphedema, even though the risk is low. Have been using an electric razor since my surgery, but it pinches (and actually… read more

A MyBCTeam Member said:

Thanks, @A MyBCTeam Member. What type of electric did you find works well? Can you give me the brand/model? thanks

posted 21 days ago

Rippling Of Implant?

Rippling Of Implant?

Hi, I just had my implant exchange surgery two weeks ago. My recovery is going very well, and my plastic surgeon thought everything looked great at my post-op last week. But, two days ago, I noticed a rippling in my left breast -- that was the non-cancer side, I had a bilateral mastectomy. It is especially noticeable if I lean forward or move my chest muscle. It appears to be something going on with the implant, rather than my skin. There are no signs of infection and no pain. I'm going to… read more

A MyBCTeam Member said:

Fat grafting will definitely help with this and most Plastic Surgeons are able to find enough to do this no matter how "thin" you are....otherwise you… read more

posted 21 days ago

Anyone Else Have Issues With Tissue Expanders?

Anyone Else Have Issues With Tissue Expanders?

Going on week 12 since reconstruction.
My tissue expanders have been a nightmare.
I would like to know if anyone else has felt what I'm feeling, it feels like one has flip over and the port is now rubbing against my rib cage.
My PS has a great team, they respond all my phone calls.
Last call in the intern didnt know how to explain what I'm feeling.
Next appointment not for 2 weeks.

A MyBCTeam Member said:

I'm also very uncomfortable, mostly on the radiated side. I have an appointment this week so I hope to get some answers. When is your exchange surgery?

posted about 2 months ago

Tumor Marker Continues To Rise

Tumor Marker Continues To Rise

In 2015 my breast cancer returned. It is Stage IV - in lymph nodes under my sternum area. I was on Ibrance for 4 1/2 years but it stopped working in early 2019. Two new spots appeared in the lymph node. Four of the 5 spots were only a few millimeters in size. One spot was 1.5 centimeters. I started a clinical trial in June 2019. I am taking Faslodex every 4 weeks. I have a CT Scan every 8 weeks. Initially saw some reduction in the spots. Last scan in January 2020 showed no… read more

A MyBCTeam Member said:

I lie down for my PET scan. When I was diagnosed with Mets in June of 2017, scan revealed pathological fracture in my left femur. I was immediately put… read more

posted about 1 month ago
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