Hi Bellas Mum
Best not to compare yourself to anyone else's treatment as we are all different. I too was told to start Letrozole before rads. Like you clear nodes and margins. Started Letrozole in Feb and rads started the end of March so was already 6 weeks into Letrozole before I started rads. After reading some of the posts regarding Letrozole I was really scared but the only SE I have are hot flushes and this is manageable. I count myself lucky as I know some ladies have a number of SE. The only SE I had with rads was the tiredness and I put this down to the daily back and forth. I'm 7 weeks post rads and my skin is absolutely fine and I put this down to lots of moisturiser. I'm pretty much back to a new normal and started back at work this week after 5 months away. It is a difficult time but try to be positive, you will get through this.
Sending hugs xx
I started taking it straight after chemo and before rads. Any side effects that you may get from the letrozole, do not start straight away......takes about 6 weeks to kick in. No harm in starting it now.
Thanks ladies. Can see why they say start after now. Makes sense I think. Just no instruction given at all. Just that I would need Letrozole. Just spoke to BCN and she said as I was not having chemo then to start. Not looking forward to rads as it is along with the side effects of the tablets
Hm - that's weird - it comes up as page not found. Try Googling the title of the article -
Concurrent or Sequential Hormonal and Radiation Therapy in Breast Cancer: A Literature Review
Basically I guess you'd need to look at any studies that compare concurrent or sequential.
Hi Bellas Mum
I think the jury is still out on this one but having also been given my hormone prescription prior to rads last year I did a bit of research and came up with this scholarly article
- https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4659580/ which made me decide to start taking it on the evening of the last day or rads. I believe it is something to do with zapping the cells when they are active, as Ann-m suggests.
It also meant that if there were any side-effects from either treatment they wouldn't be happening at the same time.
You may want to check with your oncologist to be sure, but when i confessed to mine after the event that I'd started them after rads he didn't seem too concerned. A lot of people on here say they have been given the choice anyway. I hope the next stage goes well for you. XX
saw Oncologist yesterday and he has given me a prescription for Letrozole. No instructions either! Do I take it now or after my radiotherapy????