Top
20
Doctor insights on: Hormone Replacement Therapy Mother Previously Had Chemotherapy

Share
1

1
Hormone replacement therapy forever like in my mother's generation?

Hormone replacement therapy forever like in my mother's generation?

Different thinking: Since release of women's health initiative over a decade ago, our concept on hormone replacement, specifically estrogen & progesterone, have changed 180 degrees. Immediately after, we said no one should receive hrt. Now we advocate taking it only if necessary (and not for prevention) and for as short a period of time as possible. But even as i type this, the tide is changing. Keep open dialogue. ...Read more

See 1 more doctor answer
Dr. Bryan Treacy
865 doctors shared insights

Hormone Replacement Therapy (Definition)

Usually done to provide the hormones that would be deficient upon surgical removal or inactivity or malfunction of a hormone producing gland or organ. The endocrinologist is the medical specialist that specializes amongst other things , in doing just that. Insulin/glucagon-pancreas, thyroid hormone-thyroid, ovaries, testicles, hypothalamus, ...Read more


2

2
Still confused about estrogen, hormone replacement therapy and cardiovascular disease?

Still confused about estrogen, hormone replacement therapy and cardiovascular disease?

Complex issues: Female hormones increase thromboembolism, deep venous thrombosis--progesteron is blamed, more than estrogen--because at menopause, there is changes in blood coagulation?Increase weight, arteriosclerosis, metabolic syndrome all of this increase risk of cardiovascular disease-- estrogen can be given at low dose for brief periods. ...Read more

See 2 more doctor answers
3

3
Stage 2B idc breast cancer-neoadjuvant ... Had taxol/herceptin (trastuzumab) for 16wks. Now a/c chemo.. Is it risky to be without herceptin (trastuzumab) until surgery in jan?

Stage 2B idc breast cancer-neoadjuvant ... Had taxol/herceptin (trastuzumab) for 16wks. Now a/c chemo.. Is it risky to be without herceptin (trastuzumab) until surgery in jan?

Should be okay: You are receiving ac now and i think (and i hope) it should take care you cancer well --to shrink it down further- so you can have surgery in january. It is not safe to combine adriamyicn and Herceptin (trastuzumab) as it could give you significant problem with your heart. Once you are done with surgery- you will need Herceptin (trastuzumab) to be continued for 1 year. ...Read more

See 3 more doctor answers
6

6
My friend has a breast cancer for two years.She done chemotherphy, sugery, hormon theraphy and radio theraphy.What is other treatment aside from those?

My friend has a breast cancer for two years.She done chemotherphy, sugery, hormon theraphy and radio theraphy.What is other treatment aside from those?

Depends other facts: Treatment depends on other information ( more ) age, stage of disese , type of tumor histology how agressive is tumor, genetic factors braca i&ii Herceptin (trastuzumab) etc without all these can not give correct answer. Info you gave she completed the treatment , need close observation. ...Read more

See 2 more doctor answers
8

8
How risky can hormone replacement therapy be?

How risky can hormone replacement therapy be?

This just in...: As of this week (july 9) 15 leading american health organizations: the north american menopause society (nams), the american society for reproductive medicine (asrm), the endocrine society, and 12 other leading women's health groups issued a public statement that hormone therapy is still an acceptably safe treatment for menopausal symptoms. ...Read more

9

9
My dad is 68 years old. Recently, he was dignosed with advanced prostate cancer with skeletal bone metastasis. What kind of hormone therapy shall he use? Is orchiectomy ok?

My dad is 68 years old. Recently, he was dignosed with advanced prostate cancer with skeletal bone metastasis. What kind of hormone therapy shall he use? Is orchiectomy ok?

Orchiectomy OK but: The standard of care is an lhrh agonist (such as lupron, zoladex) injection combined with a drug taken by mouth called casodex. The Casodex should be used for a minimum of 1 month and then can be stopped. The advantage is that these injections can be as little as once every 6 months. Alternatively, a drug called Firmagon (degarelix) (an lhrh antagonist) can be given monthly without the casodex. ...Read more

See 3 more doctor answers
10

10
Does hormone replacement therapy have significant risks?

Does hormone replacement therapy have significant risks?

It can: If not monitored. Estradiol and estriol levels are much higher in ovulating women & pregnant women, respectively. Birth control estrogen is 5x more potent than the estrogen used in hrt and carries risks of blood clots, heart attack etc. Estrone levels are high in overweight women who carry the same risks. Hrt that is not converted to estrone is the key, in my opinion. ...Read more

See 2 more doctor answers
11

11
How safe is hormone replacement therapy if family history breast cancer?

How safe is hormone replacement therapy if family history breast cancer?

Varies: If a first order relative (mother, sister, daughter) has bc i would take ert only briefly and then only for severe symptoms. Remember that we try to prevent breast cancer by prescribing tamoxifen - which blocks estrogen. Adding ert definitely increases risk, somewhat, so you have to balance risks/benefits. Some women are miserable without it - and a short course may be appropriate for them. ...Read more

See 1 more doctor answer
13

13
I'm a 49 year old, chinese, menopausal woman. I got a lumpectomy done for a dcis interme grade. It was noninvasive. I have completed 6 weeks of radiation therapy.I have no previous history of breast cancer. Is tamoxifenrequired?

I'm a 49 year old, chinese, menopausal woman. I got a lumpectomy done for a dcis interme grade. It was noninvasive. I have completed 6 weeks of radiation therapy.I have no previous history of breast cancer. Is tamoxifenrequired?

Not required but: It is an option. It can help reduce the chance of the dcis coming back, as well as the risk of a new, second cancer in the future. But these risks are low and tamoxifen has its own risks and side effects. You should discuss the pros and cons with a medical oncologist. ...Read more

See 1 more doctor answer
14

14
Are thyrogen injections safe? I will be given a total of 2 shots prior to being admitted for radioactive iodine tx due to papillary thyroid cancer.

Are thyrogen injections safe? I will be given a total of 2 shots prior to being admitted for radioactive iodine tx due to papillary thyroid cancer.

Yes: They are safe if used for the right indication. The alternative is to stop your thyroid medication for 4-6 weeks which is much worst, in my opinion. ...Read more

See 2 more doctor answers
16

16
49 year old male has stage vi lung adenocarcinoma. No gene mutations receiving chemo and avastin (bevacizumab) received radiation on foot and brain. What prognosis?

49 year old male has stage vi lung adenocarcinoma. No gene mutations receiving chemo and avastin (bevacizumab) received radiation on foot and brain. What prognosis?

It varies according : Patients with stage 4 lung cancer have an average survival of 12 months but there is a wide range from 9 months to 18 months. Some patients can live for 2-5 years but that is rare and only happens if their tumor shows a great response to chemotherapy. ...Read more

17

17
Dad is 68, recently diagnosed with advaced prostate cancer with skeletal bone metastasis. What kind of hormone therapy shall he use?

Surgical vs medical: There are 2 ways to address this. Surgical castration with bilateral orchiectomy is a good option with a one time surgery and good relief. Medical castration ie combined androgen blockade is done with Casodex and Lupron (leuprolide) (expensive and need to be given at periodic intervals. Talk to your oncologist and see how your father wishes to proceed. Palliative radiation is a good option for bone pain. ...Read more

See 1 more doctor answer
18

18
7yrboy with stage 4 NB that did not respond to frontline tx. Currently receiving Mibg therapy . Prognosis ? Friend's son.

7yrboy with stage 4 NB that did not respond to frontline tx.  Currently receiving Mibg therapy .  Prognosis ?  Friend's son.

High risk: Any child who is Stage 4 and older than 18 months is high risk. 5-year survival rate in children in the high-risk group is around 40% to 50%. I131 MIBG 5 year event free survival of stage IV patients was 48.2% and overall survival was 69%. ...Read more

19

19
How could past chemo and radiotherapy relate 20 years later with very high TSH level production?

How could past chemo and radiotherapy relate 20 years later with very high TSH level production?

You are hypothyroid.: Which may or may not be related to the previous therapy. Was the radiation to your neck? ...Read more

See 1 more doctor answer
Dr. Ihab Ibrahim
1 doctor shared a insight

Hormone (Definition)

A hormone (from greek ὁρμή, "impetus") is a chemical released by a cell or a gland in one part of the body that sends out messages that affect cells in other parts of the organism. Only a little amount of hormone is required to alter cell metabolism. In essence, it is a chemical messenger that transports a signal from ...Read more


Dr. Devon Webster
972 doctors shared insights

Chemotherapy (Definition)

The term chemotherapy typically is used to describe using chemicals to treat ...Read more