Can I ask you how old you are. I am also 8/8 oestrogen positive and I asked my oncologist about zolodex injections to stop my ovaries and he said it wasn't necessary. Which is a shame as I have endometriosis and it would have helped to stop the monthly pain I get with that. However his reluctance may be due to my age as I am 50 and may be perimenopausal already.
I though surgery was the bit I needed to worry about, but I have actually found worrying about rads and tamoxifen worse. It is so easy to get down in the dumps over this. I went back to work 10 days after surgery and although I didn't feel much like it at the time I think it did me the world of good because it keeps my head full of other things most of the day. I have also planned some Christmas shows and things to look forward to in December to keep me busy and make me need to sort out clothes to wear, etc. I think I would go round the bend if I was stuck at home. I have not dared ask for my path report yet though so I am probably still in denial! Keep your chin up. Just going to hospital and seeing people every day will probably make you start to feel better next week. Sending hugs to you. X
Sharon, there are some people starting Tamoxifen asking questions under Hormone Therapy on the thread 'Best time of day to take tamoxifen?'. Everyone seems to react a bit differently. Onc advised me to start Tam sooner rather than later so they can try to deal with any problems while I am going in every day for rads. On day 10 and sore boobs and pmt, but no hot flushes.
I know what you mean about a wobble. I went for my radiotherapy planning session on Tuesday and received the appointments today. I start on 11 Dec and am having radiotherapy to both breasts as I had invasive cancer in the left and dcis in the right. I was hoping to get the 15 treatments and 3 boosts out of the way before christmas but it is not to be as my last appointment is sheduled for 8 Jan. Like you I am apprehensive about it all particularly as I was diagnosed in April but had to have 4 operations and an MRI before getting to this point.
I have also picked up my tamoxifen prescription which I haven't had the courage to take yet but plan to on Monday. Is anyone else taking tamoxifen at the same time as having radiotherapy? I will also be starting to take a statin within the next week or so due to very high cholesterol. Feel like I have gone from a reasonable fit and active and well person to an old lady on lots of long term medication overnight.
Lets hope that we have very few if any side effects from treatment although I am currently off work and not planning to go back until after radiotherapy has finished.
I know the feeling. I was dreading the rads, more than the surgery for some reason. I just found it hard to get my head round as there is no obvious immediate benefit, it's all 'just in case'. The process is strange too, the measuring and so on. I hated the first 2 sessions but gradually got used to it and just finished 15 sessions last week.
You are allowed a wobble goodness me! and if you don't feel like doing things and being organised then don't. You have to take it a day at the time at the moment, you have plenty of time later to get back to normal.