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ms.kentucky
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   Posted 9/5/2006 10:28 AM (GMT -7)   
I've been readin up some on the hormone connection with breast cancer. I was on a drug called estratest for 10 yrs, then switched to estriodol............what kinds of hormones have ya'all been on and for how long? Do you really believe there is a connection? and most of all, the estratest, estrogen/testosterone...........anyone had to take this med after hysterectomy, or for menopause? I'm just curious, and worried, still waitin for my results of my biopsy where they removed the tisuue..................any response is appreciated. yeah

babyseeester
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   Posted 9/5/2006 12:21 PM (GMT -7)   
I've never taken a hormone.  I wasn't in menopause yet.  However, even before BC, I was never a fan of them.  Just too risky.  I would never recommend them to anyone for any reason.  You said you HAD to take it, but it is your decision.  No one can force you to take anything you don't want to. 
 
My BC was HR+, so now I have an even stronger reason to be against any kind of HR therapy. 
L & H,
Kathy


ms.kentucky
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   Posted 9/5/2006 5:40 PM (GMT -7)   
So you were HR+ and never were on any hormones? Were you old enough to be in menopause naturally?  I'm really confused now. Still would like to hear from some of you other gals as to where you stand on the subject, especially the drug Estratest.

barkyboys
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   Posted 9/5/2006 7:11 PM (GMT -7)   
I was too young for menopause, as well.  I did, however, take the hi-dose birth control pills for several years, then lower dose ones later.  Chemo put me in menopause at 36, and it was not a pleasant experience.  There have been a number of studies done on using SRI's to treat menopausal symptoms without having to use hormones. 
 
I think it's fairly obvious that there is a connection.  If you're on hormones when you're diagnosed with breast cancer, the first thing they tell you is to STOP taking the hormones.  If the hormones haven't caused the cancer, they have definitely fed it. 
 
Keep up with your research, and good luck.
 
BEV 
 
 

ms.kentucky
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   Posted 9/6/2006 11:22 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks Bev, and I know theres a connection. I'm just confused, concerned, and goin crazy LOL. I tried postin a new poll so we'll see if it works this time, and what the other ladies have to say.

CandleGlo
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   Posted 9/6/2006 12:49 PM (GMT -7)   
I was on just estrogen for a few years after hyst. but it was not doing the job.  Then the Dr. put me on something called estrace which was supposed to be estrogen and testosterone.  In total I was on HRT for 17 years.  I quit it two years ago on my own.  My doctor did not make the recomendation.
 
Candleglo

babyseeester
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   Posted 9/6/2006 3:18 PM (GMT -7)   
I had not begun menopause yet at the time of diagnosis, but chemo put me into it now.  I only have hot flashes, which are manageable most of the time.  I'm sorry to hear you are having such a hard time.
L & H,
Kathy


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   Posted 9/7/2006 2:12 PM (GMT -7)   
I took no hormones and my bc was ER/PR positive. So, obviously, I still do not take hormones. Took birth control pills for less than 2 years back in the 1960s. Did not ever use them. I was 50 at diagnosis, perimenopausal, according to my doctor, but my periods had stopped. Still have all my internal organs, too, so I am not much help. Sorry. Lauri

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