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   Posted 8/16/2005 1:10 PM (GMT -7)   
Had my follow up appt with onc (actually saw the nurse practitioner) and was prescribed Tamoxifen.  The 5-year journey begins!  I was also supposed to see may rads onc, but the auth from the insurance didn't come through, so I have to wait for that.  My last rads was 2 1/2 weeks ago and all the redness is gone.  I have been so lucky throughout all my treatments that I have not had bad side effects. 
Last night, a bunch of people from work went out to celebrate my graduation from treatment.  They are so sweet and have been a tremendous support to me. 
My school starts in 2 weeks.  I hope I have the energy for this new adventure!
L & H,

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   Posted 8/16/2005 1:38 PM (GMT -7)   
Hopefully Tamoxifen will be as easy for you as the other treatments. I was lucky too and it was relatively easy for me.

And good luck with school, this is certainly a grand adventure!

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   Posted 8/16/2005 1:43 PM (GMT -7)   
Kathy, does the five years start when you finish chemo or when you start tamoxifan?I start tamoxifan on july 27 and i was wondering when i could start counting my five years. Tammy

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   Posted 8/16/2005 5:45 PM (GMT -7)   
I think it's from when you start taking the Tamoxifen. 
L & H,

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   Posted 8/17/2005 11:01 AM (GMT -7)   
It is when you begin taking the Tamoxifen.  I didn't begin it until 3 years after my first episode with cancer.  I took it for 5 years after that. I didn't have any trouble with the Tamoxifen except for the hot flashes.  Onc and Gyn both suggested Effexor for the hot flashes and it worked!!!  It's a lot better than chemo and it makes you feel like you are still fighting the ole bc!

Teresa King

Jeremiah 29:11 - "For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future."


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