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Unread 02-23-2004, 08:50 PM
Anybody using estrogen after cancer diagnosis?

Hi There
I was diagnosed with uterine Cancer and had surgery 6-5-03. The day after surgery my GYN prescribed Climara 0.1 mg/day without reservation. She explained because of my age (31 at the time) I needed the estrogen to prevent osteoporosis. I did ask about the risk of other (secondary) breast cancer, and she said it would only increase the risk by a couple of percent and the benefits very much outweighed the risks... Just her opinion..
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Unread 02-23-2004, 08:56 PM
Anybody using estrogen after cancer diagnosis?

Thank you yellow rose. I thought the same thing, but guess what, my other two sisters have told their drs of our diagnosis and they said they were apples and oranges and not to worry. Snce I have had abnormal mamos in the past, my gyn has me seeng a surgeon ever year, maybe sooner now, for my breasts. I am happy that he doesn't see it as apples and orages. I don't want to scare my younger sisiters, but all I can do is keep them informed. I am the oldest (47) sister with BC and OCA is 46. the other two are 38 and 36. I wish there was a way we could find out about these medical issues before they happen,.

I feel fine and so does my sister (chemo,radiation,mastecotmy,tubal ligation and one ovary removed, with the possibilty of a hyst soon). We have positve atitude and thank our parents for giving us this fighting way.
Unread 02-24-2004, 05:44 AM
Anybody using estrogen after cancer diagnosis?

Hi carang and umass07,
Thank you for your posts. Umass07, I certainly understand your fear and concern for your sisters. The best help you can give them is giving information. I sometimes wish I knew atleast little bit of information before I was diagnosed. I did not even know that spotting could be a sign of cancer. All of my mom's premenospausal days, she had very heavy periods. So when my own periods got a little longer just with very light spotting on 6th and 7th days, I didn't realize how serious it could be. I always had normal pap smears. That shows us how much education in these areas can help women in catching these cancers early.
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Unread 02-24-2004, 06:21 AM
Anybody using estrogen after cancer diagnosis?

Hi Yellow Rose--

In response to your questions, I used to apply the contents of the vitamin E capsule as needed, which was once or twice a week for about a year. I had to use a vaginal dilator twice a week after radiation treatments to prevent the formation of scar tissue and vaginal stenosis, and I would put the vitamin E on the dilator to apply it vaginally. I found using a straight pin to make a couple of holes in the capsule worked well and wasn't messy.

I discussed my use of the vitamin E with my radiation oncologist at the time, and she approved of my approach to solving the vaginal dryness problem. I would suggest if you are considering trying the vitamin E that you talk to your gyn-onc (or radiation oncologist if you have one) to confirm that they think this is an acceptable solution in your case.

Best regards,

Unread 02-24-2004, 07:11 AM
Anybody using estrogen after cancer diagnosis?

Hi Moekay,
Thank you for the info. Good luck to you too.

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