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HRT and breast Cancer - do they go hand in hand ?!?!? HRT and breast Cancer - do they go hand in hand ?!?!?

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Unread 06-06-2004, 10:32 PM
HRT and breast Cancer - do they go hand in hand ?!?!?

Hello Sisters --

I know I need HRT and my GYN has told me to think about it. I don't know if I should take them or not -- even though at 5 weeks my body might be telling me I need them.

You see I am 42 and had a TAH due to uterine cancer. Never had any children and have read that all of these factors along with HRT increases my chances of getting breast cancer.

And still a little confused with the fact that I was diagnosed with uterine cancer would that even increase my chances of breast cancer even more.

I have read there are natural HR products on the market -- but how are those when related back to breast cancer.

Please sisters -- I am very confused -- but very glad I have found this site for it has been so helpful to me in only 2 days of being a member.

Thanks for the advise in advance.

Much love and hugs.

Libby (Aurora 61)
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Unread 06-06-2004, 10:37 PM
Talk to Dr.

This is something I would strongly advise you to talk to your Dr. about. In some cases it can go hand in hand as did in my case, but each type of cancer is different and HRT is different also...so don't take our advice....just listen to your Dr. and weigh what it best for you...you don't have to take HRT if you really don't wish too.....
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Unread 06-06-2004, 10:44 PM
HRT and breast Cancer - do they go hand in hand ?!?!?

I'm guessing that with two risk factors you do NOT want to add a third. Menopause is survivable, just not fun....

The other thing you might strongly consider is to investigate diets that reduce cancer risk. My MIL is on her third bout of ovarian cancer, and she has helped stave it off before with dietary changes including a lot of fresh vegetable juice and very little fat. She has very rarely had any convenience foods of any kind since this happened the first time.

This time she probably won't make it since she can't tolerate chemo now, but she wasn't supposed to make it the first two times. She's had ten years plus they told her not to expect.
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Unread 06-06-2004, 10:45 PM
talk to your doctor

Hi Mustangmu --

Thanks for the advise --

So how crazy do you think I will get if I don't take the HRT. Still trying to get use to not sleeping. Have only had one/two MAJOR hot flashers and no moodiness yet.

But still trying to understand my body again. When I was diagnosed with unterine cancer I was not even perimenapausal -- so all these bady changes have been like night and day for me.

I have never been one to take medications -- just don't like them -- but now at 42 I am not thrilled of going through surgical menapause for the next possibly 15+ years.

Its bad enough I have to do my regular follow-up for the next 5 years in tests to make sure then cancer does not come back. Surgeon said there could be a 5/10 % it would re-appear in the vaginal area. WHile it is a low precent -- I still have to have the test and they also want to make sure with catscans too.

I do agree with you -- I will have to have a long talk with my GYN and weigh all the options she give me.

Thanks again for your advice and support -- so thankful to have this site.

Much love and hugs.

Libby (Aurora 61)
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Unread 06-06-2004, 11:03 PM
HRT and breast Cancer - do they go hand in hand ?!?!?

Libby,

I just did (3) months of lupron shots to shrink my fibroids for surgery and I had chemical menopause. I got an "inkling" of what the "real deal" will be like when I go through it.

And, I hear you on HRT. Twenty-five years ago, my mom went on HRT for a year. BEFORE all the studies came out. She switched over to belladona (primrose) for hot flashes, wanting a more nautral route.

And - she got breast cancer about 15 years ago. She thinks the HRT contributed. And...wow...who knows?? It is scary. Aren't we supposed to take HRT to feel better and now they are saying it possibly causes breast cancer??? We can put a man-on-the-moon but we can't fully answer that question.

I read an article recently that said with menopause, the ovaries shut down and hormones decrease. And why are we putting hormones back in our bodies when our bodies are saying "no"?? Makes one think at least.

I agree with the other Hyster Sisters. Check with your Dr. and possibly check alternative methods. That is going to be my plan.

And check the women in your family. Did any females in your family tree get breast cancer?? That can help with your decision making also.

Good Luck. Great forum
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Unread 06-07-2004, 12:30 AM
Aoura

I am sending you a email as it is long......remember folks...please don't take over the counter meds (even herbal) without talking to your Dr. Some can minic estrogen...and can defer your meds you are taking now..
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Unread 06-07-2004, 03:35 AM
i know what you mean!!

i had ovarian cancer and wasn't allowed to take HRT.
i had 4 doctors say the same thing, so i figured, "well, i guess i can't have it"

there are a few reasons:
1. it can enhance cancer growth
2. while you are on chemo, or radiation therapy, the doctors don't want to put uneccesary(?) stuff into you, and it may make you feel worse during treatment.

my menopause symptoms were horrible. about 8-9 big hot flushes per day and insomnia, as well as moood swings.

but it went away pretty quick. i think that because your ovaries are no longer there, its pretty sudden. as opposed to the ladies out there going through natural menopause, who have SLOWLY filing ovaries, which is why it takes them alot longer.

don't worry about HRT if your doctors don't want to give it to you, it just might not be for you, as it is not for everybody.
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