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now i have another decision to make!!! now i have another decision to make!!!

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Unread 08-28-2001, 09:11 AM
now i have another decision to make!!!

i'm set for tvh on 10-16-01, w/birch procedure, too. i went to my surgeon who has always done my breast biopsies- i've had 8-10 surgical biopsies of breast, and this is not the dr. who will be doing my hyst. anyway... i have a strong maternal history of breast cancer and am considered very high risk for breast cancer. dr. yesterday discussed w/me that i might want to consider getting ovaries out, too, as this is a proven method of greatly reducing breast cancer risk. he said i could take evista or other hrt for 1-1 1/2 yrs., then taper off, as can't take hrt long term due to breast cancer risk. now i am confused- i will discuss this w/obgyn, but, it seems to me i'd be foolish not to have them take ovaries while they're already in there, as i am at such high risk. but, gotta admit, i dread having to deal w/menopausal symptoms and recovery both... any opinions out there???
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Unread 08-28-2001, 09:23 AM

I have to admit, I'd be confused too. I checked your profile and you're only a year younger than me. (10/1/58) I'd be concerned about hormone hassle too. I think I'd discuss this with my MD real good and do lots of research. I know there are lots of different hormones and combinations that we can take, but nothing beats the real thing. In your case, with cancer history, I'd have to think about alternatives too.

Take care and know you're not going through this alone. You have you SISTERS!
Unread 08-28-2001, 09:53 AM

Yes...there are options. Please visit the Desert Oasis for ideas and to see what many of us that cannot take hormones are doing to help replace the things we need.

I cannot take HRT, either. I am on several supplements such as flax seed oil, vit e, calcium and magnesium. In the Desert forum at the top there is a thread about supplements, etc. Lots of good info.

We will help you with support and information. My primary Dr. has been a wealth of information and help and I take printouts from the Desert Oasis to her and we work together to get me balanced.

I only found this wonderful site about a week or so before my surgery. I had uterine cancer and had no choice about keeping my ovaries. I have a family history of ovarian and other GYN cancers. I had no information or any idea what surgical menopause was about. My Dr. referred to it and I remember her talking about it before my surgery, but once I heard 'cancer' I never heard much of anything else.

You are fortunate you have so much time to prepare. It is really good that you are asking and researching about this now and will know what to expect.

Wishing you good health and a smooth surgery.


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Unread 08-29-2001, 08:30 AM
now i have another decision to make!!!


I can certainly see that this would be a difficult decision for you. It is certainly best to weigh all your options, discuss with your physicians to make the best decision for your particular situation.

I am also one that is unable to take HRT and am currently residing in the Desert also. I had my surgery due to Ovarian cancer which we found that my particular type was linked to the breast cancer my mother had (not all types are linked this way).

I am taking a mulitude of vitamin supplements that do seem to help keep the hot flashes at bay and I'm now taking a new med that does help quite a bit with the night sweats and insomnia. I haven't really had too many problems with mood swings and such although some have.

One thing you might want to consider is consulting with a Gyn Oncologist. They may be able to shed some light on what your risk factors might be and give you additional information to help with your decision.

I wish you the best and please let us know if you have any questions that we may be able to help with.

Take care,


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