Just another statistic to cheer you up!
The 6 percent didn't necessarily die of breast cancer, by the way. They just do the numbers of women still alive.
Statistics are exhausting I have decided... thanks for responding as it's really comforting to know you're not alone refusing to be a shell of your former self.
Dear all, thanks so much for your responses.
I think it shows that having information is key. I was told my risk would be reduced by 40% if I took Letrozole. That was 40% of one person.
I also think for people whose risk is very low, the advantages of hormone treatment are pushed forwarda nd no-one emntions the women who get recurrences while on Tamoxifen etc. They are no guarantee.
I have now seen my GP as well as the other specialists and have chose not to take it. He thought it was the right decision and talked a lot re side effects caused by different preventative medicines.
I found explaining to everyone quite exhausting and so now I haven't really told them. I am just getting on with my life.
how interesting, I am struggling to get my head around tamoxifen. I 53 tomorrow, and following results from surgeon yesterday I have been advised that I would be taking it for 5 years and then another 3 years of something else, I had switched off at that point because I had only been expecting to have radiotherapy but he said because of my age and the size and site of the tumour I should have chemotherapy
so although tamoxifen was forefront in my head, it's been over taken by chemo
could you private message me with your thoughts and what you are looking to do if you stop taking it?
I was dx in December, had op and radiotherapy. My lymph nodes were clear and my tumour was grade 2.
I was on hrt and since coming off I have really struggled with hormone treatment and tried letrozole (am post menopausal) and had to come off. I then tried Tamoxifen. I felt terrible, swapped brand and found that better but the hot flushes were so debilitating and I just felt as though I was going to feel ill for 5 years. I have now stopped taking it.
I have done a massive amount of research and have got to a point when I have questioned the benefits of Tamoxifen. I just wonder if there is anyone else out there who feels the same. Just to clarify I am not making an "alternative" choice, but an informed one.