New Meds – Day 1

On Friday, I had an appointment with my oncologist.  We discussed how I was feeling which is much better since I have  been off the last medication, letrozole, for over 5 weeks.  Unfortunately, neither I, Nate nor my oncologist are comfortable with me not being on any medication which will hopefully help prevent new breast cancer from forming.  Today I started to take Exemestane (Aromasin) which is the third aromatase inhibitor available. I have already tried anastrozole and letrozole and the side effects were pretty awful. We are hoping the third time is the charm as this is it. There is nothing else to try.  The listed potential side effects are similar to the others: hot flashes, joint and muscle pain, nausea, etc., but the composition of it is different than the first two so it may be less painful for me.  I am hoping that I continue to feel decent and the side effects are minimal. If so, I will be on this medication for the next 10 years.  If not and I feel awful, we will need to evaluate which of the 3 I can “live” with and go from there. Fingers crossed!

 

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