It is two years since I went back to work and life is looking good. Apart from the obvious stuff like side effects of drugs and less stamina I am lucky to be able to get on with life.
I had a review with the oncologist in the week. She has started me on Anastrazole, and aromatase inhibitor which stops the production of oestrogen in women. They are generally used in post menopausal women because they can’t stop the ovaries still producing oestrogen.
Here is simple but good explanation of the ins and outs of the drug:
There will hopefully be less side effects and I will be able to drop my us of Venlafaxine, which has been brilliant although I still get hot flushes.
I may have more joint pain, nothing I haven’t had already, and develop osteoporosis. That means that I will be having a bone density scan in the next few months.
I will have to keep an eye on my heart as well as it can affect your ticker. I have a family history of heart disease so am especially aware anyway.
While there I took the opportunity to ask about recostruction surgery. I am not that body concious to be fair but can’t get on with the image I see in the mirror when I have no prosthetic on. It is worth investigating. Anyway she has referred me to the Breast Care Nurse specialists and I will see them in due course. I will update when I know more.
I am very lucky living in the UK. Recosntruction is free as part of the treatment pathway for breast cancer.