2007 Breast Cancer 3 Day

Thursday, July 24, 2008

Back To Tamoxifen

After my last visit I agreed to try Femara. It lasted one week. It made my feet feel like they were on fire. I can't tolerate that nonsense. I stopped taking it for the 3 weeks prior to my appointment. I haven't felt so good in a long time. It was the first time I haven't had cancer drugs in my system in almost 3 years. My debilitating body pain stopped just days after stopping the Aromasin. My hands are still hurting in the morning though.

At my appointment on Monday we decided that I will go back on Tamoxifen. My oncologist is HUGE on scientific studies and gave me a long explanation about new developments with Tamoxifen. Doctors used to believe that some women grew resistant to this drug and therefore it wasn't protecting them from cancer. Research now shows that some women don't have enough of the enzyme that is required to process Tamoxifen correctly. My doctor is running some lab work on me to determine if I am one of those women. If so then we will have to switch me back to an aromatase-inhibitor (boo...hiss). If I'm not one of those women I can keep on taking Tamoxifen and receive great results. I go back in October to find out my results.

He also finally said I can quit taking the Drisdol (mega vitamin D dose). I think that is contributing to my hand pain. Now I just have to take a daily supplement along with my calcium.

So all in all, I am pleased. I'm feeling better...not 100%, but better. Let's just hope all of this mess is worth it. Cancer stay away!!


  1. U amaze me....that's all I have to say!


  2. Hello!

    I found your blog while looking up resources for breast cancer patients, and thought you might be interested in a woman who's taken a pretty unique path in her own cancer battle. Meg Gaffney is a nurse, and when she was diagnosed with breast cancer, she decided to skip chemotherapy and radiation, and go right to a bilateral mastectomy. But when her plastic surgeon recommended a skin graft surgery to build up new nipples, she decided to incorporate art into her own personal healing process.

    For Meg, that means getting nipples tattooed onto her body instead of the graft surgery, and now -- after months of searching for an artist willing to take on her challenge -- she's about to get the work done!

    We're 8 parts into a documentary on Meg, which is featured on GrowingBolder.com. I'd love for you to check it out and let me know what you think!


    Meg is dynamic, creative, and completely committed to ridding the world of cancer, and her spirit is contagious.

    Thanks for your time, and best luck in your own journey!

    Katy Widrick
    Executive Producer, GrowingBolder.com

  3. Elliot WatsonSeptember 02, 2008


    I'm part of the Product Management team at Trusera, an online network of people sharing real-world health experiences.

    We're currently focusing on building a breast cancer community and are looking to recruit bloggers to assist us.

    I'm extremely interested in adding you to the mix. I've read through your blog and really think you can add a lot of helpful information to the Trusera site. The stories you've shared about your personal experiences with breast cancer are very interesting and informative, and would surely benefit others with similar issues. We are certainly prepared to pay you for your time.

    If you're interested please contact me at watson@trusera.com and I'll gladly explain the details of the program to you.

    If you'd like to check out Trusera,
    our website is www.trusera.com, and our breast cancer section is:

    Take care,

    Elliot Watson