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Probably not: Swelling is not listed as an adverse reaction. But i would discuss it with your prescribing doctor. ...Read more
Probably: This is one of the possible side effects. ...Read more
NO: Faslodex (fulvestrant) is an anti estogen therapy -used to treat hormone receptor positive breast cancer (breast cancer that depends on hormones such as estrogen to grow)- is given by injecting medication into the muscle. Xeloda is an oral chemotherapy- which is a pro drug of 5fu. It is used to treat different kind of cancer such as- colon, esophagus, rectal, breast . They are not similar. ...Read more
What should a person with breast cancer IV take after tamoxifen and aromasin. Arimidex femara or faslodex (fulvestrant)?
Treatment options: For stage IV breast cancer- if the cancer progressed after tamoxifen and aromasin- depending on several factors such as how much cancer burder, involvement to visceral organs, overall condition etc- the options would be- faslodex; combination of Aromasin (exemestane) and evorilimus ( based on recent randomized clinical trial) or chemotherapy. Discuss further with your oncologist- which one for your case. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
My mother has stage 4 metastatic breast cancer. She's on faslodex (fulvestrant) evey 28 days. Is it ok if she gets the shot 5 days later than usual once. Day 33?
Talk to oncologist: She needs to speak to her oncologist about this. ...Read more
High estrogens: Premenopausal women produce large quantities of estrogens which feed the Cancer. So the treatments that work best for them are those that remove the source of estrogens or block its effects on the tumor. Fulvestant does not work that way, so it is relatively less effective in premenopausal patients. ...Read more
Competition: Circulating Estradiol competes with for the estrogen receptor in premenopausal women. Estradiol surges during ovulation to fairly high levels where in postmenopause, Estradiol is made from converting androgens/adrenal hormones (like dhea) in peripheral fat. Levels are not as high so competition for the receptor is less. ...Read more
There are none...: Even the strongest opiates only "take the edge off" for people in chronic pain. Meds are only one part of dealing with the pain. A useful tool, but pain is so necessary for survival that we are not "allowed" to monkey with it much. In acute pain, the transition from miserable to less miserable can be great. In chronic pain, it's just part of the plan. ...Read more
So call your doc: This is the HT public information site.We are thousands of volunteer docs based primarily in the US who answer medical questions.We do not offer treatments. State medical boards require a physician/patient relationship,a retrievable record,recent exam with vital signs for prescribing.Failure to do so can lead to loss or restriction of license. It may seem minor to you but it is not. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Sometimes: Sometimes they are. For the most part, expired drugs simply lose potency once past their expiration date. There are, however, some drugs that actually become harmful if taken after they expire. As such, it is best to throw out any medications you have after a year. ...Read more