Thank you for your message.
As @Cherrytree58 mentions hormone therapy is offered to reduce the risk of breast cancer coming back but does not give a guarantee. Hormone therapy (letrozole, anastrozole and tamoxifen) will be prescribed if your breast cancer is oestrogen receptor (ER) positive and has been used for many years. ER positive means oestrogen is helping the cancer to grow. When you’re prescribed an aromatase inhibitor after surgery, you will usually take it for five years. However, some people will be recommended to continue taking them for up to 10 years.
How long other hormone drugs are given for varies from person to person. Treatment for hormone positive tumours is individualised and depends on many different factors, including size, grade and lymph node status. The sum of these will produce a risk for recurrence in the future. Your breast cancer was small, and no lymph nodes contained cancer.
It sounds like you are having a challenging time and treatments are having a real impact on your quality of life. For some people side effects can persist and when this happens it is good to talk to your treatment team as they may be able to offer ways of improving your symptoms. If you have not already done so it may also be helpful to have a discussion with your treatment team about the amount of benefit you are likely to get from the hormone treatment. Many treatment teams use NHS PREDICT to determine this.
If after exhausting all options, the side effects remain too severe, some women make the decision (along with their oncologist) to discontinue the hormone treatment. You can make the decision that is right for you.
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