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What can I do for hot flashes can't take estrogen due to breast cancer in family I lost my mom to cancer?

What can I do for hot flashes can't take estrogen due to breast cancer in family I lost my mom to cancer?

SSRI;s: Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors (SSRI's) commonly known as a class of anti-depressants can be effective in minimizing hot flashes. Talk to your GYN MD about this and any other alternatives to estrogen Rx's that may be available. ...Read more

Dr. Barry Rosen
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Breast Cancer (Female) (Definition)

Breast cancer results when glandular cells lining the milk ducts and lobules of the human breast begin to grow in an unregulated manner. The growth occurs initially inside the ducts but eventually breaks outside into the breast tissue and ultimately spreads both to the lymph nodes in the armpit and via the bloodstream to other parts of the body. Because of the promoting affect of estrogen almost all breast cancer occurs in women and is a rarity in men. The unregulated growth is due to both inherited and acquired genetic defects. It is the most common malignancy in women but it often curable if found early and treated effectively with surgery, hormonal therapy, chemotherapy and targeted therapy, or a combination thereof. Early detection before the malignancy becomes large enough to be felt depends on mammography/sonography and MRI imaging of the breast on an annual basis. ...Read more


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I have been prescribed phytoestrogens in pills to alleviate hot flashes of my premenopause. Is II effetive? Is it risky on breast cancer?

I have been prescribed phytoestrogens in pills to alleviate hot flashes of my premenopause.  Is II effetive? Is it risky on breast cancer?

Yes and yes: Estrogen is estrogen. The source doesn't matter. Any amount of exogenous (from outside your body) estrogen raises the risk of breast cancer. The effect is dose-related, that is the more estrogen, the higher the risk. Although your increase in risk is probably slight, why not use the old tried and true methods a cool cloth on your forehead? Menopause is natural. ...Read more

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How to reduce or stop hot flashes and excessive sweating from menopause but without HRT because I'm breast cancer survivor?

How to reduce or stop hot flashes and excessive sweating from menopause but without HRT because I'm breast cancer survivor?

Damiana, menopause: Damiana has been widely used, and is reportedly useful for a number of conditions, including imbalanced female hormones. Many women have reported reduction in night sweats and vaginal dryness associated with menopause. It is best taken as a tincture. Black Cohosh is another consideration, but use should be limited to short periods of time due to the potential for liver damage. ...Read more

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My grandma has metastatic breast cancer in her ribs & spine, she keeps getting these hot flushes. Causes?

My grandma has metastatic breast cancer in her ribs & spine, she keeps getting these hot flushes. Causes?

Medications?: Ask her medical oncologist. Some of the treatments she is getting could cause those symptoms. Is she having fevers? The medical oncoligist would likely want her to watch for signs of fever, infections, or check for low white blood cell count (neutropenia). ...Read more

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I am on zoladex (goserelin) treatment for breast cancer. I suffer from severe hot flushes, swollen ankles and pain in joints. Is it normal?

I am on zoladex (goserelin) treatment for breast cancer. I suffer from severe hot flushes, swollen ankles and pain in joints. Is it normal?

Zoladex (goserelin) Side Effects: Yes, these symptoms are often observed as side effects alone or in combination with zoladex (goserelin). As always, it is wise to notify your oncologist so he can monitor your progress and consider these potential side effects in the context of your entire treatment protocol. ...Read more

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29 yr old has itchy irritated skin on top part of left breast. Has been hot weather lately. Need to worry about inflammatory breast cancer?

29 yr old has  itchy irritated skin on top part of left  breast. Has been hot weather lately.   Need to worry about inflammatory breast cancer?

Hard to answer: without an exam. Inflammatory breast cancer may show Skin dimpling or skin changes (eg, thickening, swelling, or redness), Edema or peau d’orange (orange peel look), hardness, irregularity, ulceration. Please get checked. ...Read more

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Dr. Barry Rosen
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Cancer (Definition)

Cancer is a group of diseases that is characterized by uncontrolled cell growth leading to invasion of surrounding tissues that spread to other parts of the body. Cancer can begin anywhere in the body and is usually related to one or more genetic mutations that allow normal cells to become malignant by interfering with internal cellular control mechanisms, such as programmed cell death or by preventing ...Read more


Dr. James Eaker
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Hot Flashes (Definition)

Hot flashes are feelings of warmth that are most intense in the head, neck, and chest areas. They can result in extreme perspiration, which can lead to chills. Hot flashes are generally linked to menopause but might also be a result ...Read more