... with Breast Cancer 2005, since then have had bilateral mastectomy and no reoccurrence. The tumor was estrogen positive. Now I am in menopause and not having fun with the flashes and dryness
This is a controversial issue. If you've had breast cancer, most doctors will automatically say you cannot take HRT (hormone replacement therapy).
Many doctors consider HRT risky because estrogen can stimulate the growth of breast cells—both normal cells and cancerous ones. The risk may be higher if your cancer is hormone-receptor positive (like yours). Doctors feel HRT may increase a woman's risk of breast cancer recurring or of her developing a new breast cancer.
Yet some women affected by breast cancer may be good candidates for HRT. In the few studies that have been done, breast cancer survivors with severe menopausal symptoms who were given HRT had a risk of cancer recurrence that was no higher than expected, given the cancer's stage, its type, and the kind of treatment the women had received.
If you have severe menopausal symptoms that are not relieved by other means, try to find a doctor who will look closely at your individual case. There are choices in type of estrogen, dose, and how it's given.
I had Thyroid Cancer this year and had surgery in January. I am going through menopause and was getting dry so I am now on Vagifem tablets (vaginal). It works well and the Gynecologist said because the tablet does not go in the bloodstream it is very low in causing Cancer. It has some Estrogen in it. It's not for hot flashes though.
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