It took two weeks for the results of my dexa scan. They sent me a copy to my home address but all it said was the "Your bone densitometry scan demonstrates no clear abnormality" and said that they recommended that you continue on your current medication and we will repeat the scan when appropriate.
I'm taking anastrozole and have been on it for about 5 weeks and am just a bit more achey than usual and my hair seems dry. Will have to go now have got rads number 7 today so nearly half way through.
Catch up with you all later. E.
Tamoxifen factsheet says it can be "used to treat both pre-menopausal and post-menopausal women"
I don't have osteoporosis (as far as I know?). I have never had a bone scan like some people. I did wonder why I was given Tamoxifen rather than an AI but haven't asked. I may ask at my first annual review. My consultant did say I would start on Tamoxifen but if I had bad Side Effects they would consider changing to something else. Is Tamoxifen cheaper than an AI? As I'm finding it okay I don't want to change for change sake.
Hi Lorna just wondered how long it was for results of dexa scan. I had mine a couple of weeks ago and haven't heard anything yet. I don't have another appointment with oncologist until November. I guess they would let me know if there are any problems. I'm getting on ok with Letrozole so far, much better than I was on Tamoxifen. Sharon x
I have taken Wockhardt Tamoxifen since April, following WLE and rads. I've had a few hot flushes most evenings but no more than friends (who are well) the same age (early 50's) and less than some. Although I am post-menopausal (hysterectomy a few years ago) I was prescribed Tamoxifen. I was 8/8 ER+. My legs ached for about a week in June but no other aches and pains or SE. So I'm staying with Wockhardt.
I read the tread about Accord. I am looking for info about meds (5-10 yrs, an eternity) so I would like to know the pills options. Why is Accord preferred? How different from Taximofen? Why are so many women not taking the meds? Who prescribes? Grateful for your experience sofar.
I am still on rads for another 12 sessions with an ABC rigid breath tube stuck in my mouth. The mouthpiece is trouble. There should be four different sizes available XBig, Big, Medium, Small according to the product website (from what I gathered) but ***sigh*** I must endure a "one-size-fit-all-to-big-for-my-small-mouth".
Today is one of those days when I just want to pack up. I am so SO tired, exhausted of trying to go through for the past 7 and 1/2 months (12 mths for my hair despite the torture of the cold cap). Yes, I fear pain in my gum, yes I am good at controlling my breath, staying stock still with the indignity of boobs out, but it seems to me that at each step some new hidden "torture" are looming in wait. I am now more anxious about "treatments" - (next Taximofen or some other ghastly meds with side-effects?) than I am afraid of bc!!! I might well be one of those patients not taking her tablets for the duration, because I have enough of the "one-size-fit-all" approach, and the dustbin label of "moderate discomfort" - yeah. Fed up. Sorry, ranting. It helps. Egret x
Good point Jill re success results if percentages are so high for giving them up! Oh it's all so complicated and beyond me... I will take them because I'm a coward! Good on you Christine for making the decision x