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I had a bilateral mastectomy in dec., 2010. Since then I have suffered violent hot flashes. Can you help?

I had a bilateral mastectomy in dec., 2010.  Since then I have suffered violent hot flashes.  Can you help?

Talk 2 Ur Oncologist: Unfortunately, the best medication to rx hot flashes, estrogen replacement rx (ert), may be contraindicated based on your history of breast cancer. Please discuss with your oncologist: if they cannot offer ert, a low dose of Effexor (venlafaxine) (used at higher doses to rx depression) can help with hot flashes. Good luck. ...Read more

Dr. Ron 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


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What are the treatments for Hot flashes?

What are the treatments for Hot flashes?

Number of treatments: There are a number of treatments with varied benefits. Hormone replace therapy such as estrogen can help however the risks and benefits need to be weighed. There is also low dose antidepressants such as Effexor which can be beneficial or clonidine. Some natural substances such as soy products or black cohosh can also help though a large daily amount would be recommended. ...Read more

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What are the risks of prescription treatments for hot flashes?

What are the risks of prescription treatments for hot flashes?

All have risks: You're a little young to be going through menopause, so check with your md re: other possible causes. All medications have potential risks. Common tx for menopausal hot flashes include estrogen, ssri's and clonidine. Check with your physician for more specific info. ...Read more

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Are there any natural treatments for hot flashes? Are there any herbal supplements or dietary changes i cam make to help with hot flashes? .

Are there any natural treatments for hot flashes? Are there any herbal supplements or dietary changes i cam make to help with hot flashes?

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Nope: Hot flashes, if due to menopause, are due to estrogen deficiency and are natural. Some people report help with soy and phytoestrogens, but there is really no supplement proven to help. Only time and rx's such as estrogen that will relieve the symptoms. ...Read more

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My mom keeps getting hot flashes from almost 12 yrs and she is 58 yrs old now. What woud be the right treatment?

My mom keeps getting hot flashes from almost 12 yrs and she is 58 yrs old now. What woud be the right treatment?

Hot flashes: She should see a doctor first to rule out other conditions that mimic menopause. If nothing else is found she cand try hormone replacement therapy if there are no contraindications. ...Read more

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Got hysterectomy in June 2013 as part of cancer treatment. When will menopausal symptoms like hot flashes go away?

Got hysterectomy in June 2013 as part of cancer treatment. When will menopausal symptoms like hot flashes go away?

Can't be sure: Hot/cold flashes are clearly a part of menopause, but without a clear explanation of cause it's hard to give a clear plan to when they will diminish or stop. Research continues, but no definite answer is agreed to at this time. ...Read more

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What is the best treatment for hot flashes and not being able to sleep? Can't fall asleep, or wake up and can't go back to sleep

Hello. : Hello. Some things which you can discuss with your doctor for your insomnia related to hot flashes include: use of low dose seratonin reuptake inhibitors (i.e., lexapro), hormone replacement therapy, herbal remedies and acupuncture. Take care. ...Read more

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I am 49 years old and have 7-8 fibroids. To treat my menopause symptoms (hot flashes) my doctor wants to use estrogen treatment. Is it safe?

I am 49 years old and have 7-8 fibroids. To treat my menopause symptoms (hot flashes) my doctor wants to use estrogen treatment. Is it safe?

Risks, benefits: Estrogen replacement therapy (ERT), while effective for treatment of hot flashes, carries risks, as do many medications. Your doctor can help you weigh the benefits and risks of estrogen so that you can make an informed decision about taking ERT. ...Read more

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What treats hot flashes if I cannot use hormone therapy?

What treats hot flashes if I cannot use hormone therapy?

Hot flashes: Why do you need hormone therapy at your age?
Are you having regular periods?
When are you getting hot flashes?

More importantly, have you discussed this in detail with your gynecologist? If not, please do so soon. ...Read more

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What do I do about hot flashes? Afraid of hormone therapy.

OPTIONS: First i would start treatment if your doctor recommended it. Not everyone experiences hot flashes , some that do can tolerate them, in others it may be uncomfortable. Supplements like vit c and primrose oil maybe enough for some, others may need medications like:neurontin, clonidine, sertraline or venlafaxine. Note these medications may be associated with there own side effects. ...Read more

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How can you most effectively end menopausal hot flashes without using hormone therapy?

How can you most effectively end menopausal hot flashes without using hormone therapy?

Botanicals can help: Botanical medicine can be helpful for menopausal hot flashes. A couple possibilities include black cohosh (cimicifuga racemosa): http://www.Ncbi.Nlm.Nih.Gov/pubmed/22157510 and sage (salvia officinalis): http://www.Ncbi.Nlm.Nih.Gov/pubmed/21630133 classical homeopathy with an experienced homeopath is also useful. Traditional chinese medicine & acupuncture as well. ...Read more

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How can I prevent hot flashes caused by anxiety? So, I have an anxiety disorder, and i take medications and go to therapy. I'm also a hypochondriac, so i mostly avoid websites like these, but I am starting to get real hot flashes from what i assume is the

How can I prevent hot flashes caused by anxiety? So, I have an anxiety disorder, and i take medications and go to therapy. I'm also a hypochondriac, so i mostly avoid websites like these, but I am starting to get real hot flashes from what i assume is the

Hello. : Hello. Recommend that you ask your therapist about progressive muscle relaxation and deep breathing exericises. If you have already been taught these, recommend that you do them religiously. They can be very helpful to abort panic or anxiety or to help calm after a panic attack. ...Read more

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Recently started hormone replacement therapy. How long will it take for hot flashes to stop?

Recently started hormone replacement therapy. How long will it take for hot flashes to stop?

HRT: It can take as little as 1-2 weeks. If longer get back in touch with your provider. ...Read more

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I've heard that hormone replacement therapy can help with hot flashes. Everyone's talking about bioidentical hormones. What exactly are they and are they safe to use?

I've heard that hormone replacement therapy can help with hot flashes. Everyone's talking about bioidentical hormones. What exactly are they and are they safe to use?

Natural HRT. : Bioidentical hormones are hormones produced in a laboratory to be identical in chemical structure to what the body would produce. Many doctors, including myself, consider them safer and more effective than non-bioidentical hormones. ...Read more

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Could mastectomy is the only option of treatment for paget"s disease?

Could mastectomy is the only option of treatment for paget"s disease?

For best results: Unfortunately it is diffuse diseases , it involves nipple and areola complex , when this area is removed will be cosmetically unacceptable , and is a aggressive disease are the reasons for mastectomy , although wide resection with good margins possible along with chemo-radiation is possible . It is also easier to reconstruct breast after mastectomy , if needed take a second opinion., discuss. ...Read more

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Your thoughts on "preventative mastectomy". Do you think it is a valid treatment?

Your thoughts on "preventative mastectomy". Do you think it is a valid treatment?

Yes but....: No for everyone. There are specific indications, like family history and the breast cancer gene. I recommend finding a breast center in your area and discussing with a breast specialist. Make sure you get the facts and a true calculation for YOUR specific risk. ...Read more

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If I have a mastectomy, could that mean I won't need other treatment after surgery?

Unlikely: If the breast tumor is a ductal carcinoma or stage 0 breast cancer than you may not need further therapy.
If it is stage 1 or more, you may not need radiation. If it is high risk (lymph nodes involved, triple negative, high oncotype score) you may need chemo and if it is hormone sensitive you may also need a hormone blocker. ...Read more

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Are there treatments for post mastectomy pain syndrome?

Yes: Postmastectomy pain is a well-described phenomenon with several etiologies such as phantom breast, intercostal neuralgia, scar neuroma, intercostobrachial neuralgia, and myofascial pain. A good pain doc can figure this out and target treatment. ...Read more

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If I have a mastectomy, does that mean I won't need other treatment?

Not necessarily: Breast conservation and mastectomy are the 2 primary local therapy options. While for treatment of noninvasive disease (dcis) this may suffice, w/invasive disease systemic therapy must also be considered to address microscopic disease elsewhere that can't be reached w/surgery or xrt. More advanced (ie. Large tumors, multiple nodes +) may warrant post mastectomy XRT to maximize local control. ...Read more

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Can you tell me if all woman have treatment after mastectomy's what type of treatment is needed?

Can you tell me if all woman have treatment after mastectomy's what type of treatment is needed?

Unclear: For breast cancer, staging with histology, node status, metastatic situation is all considered as to need and benefits of radiation or chemotherapy.
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Hi doctors, was just wondering what is bisgaard treatment for mastectomy edema?

Hi doctors, was just wondering what is bisgaard treatment for mastectomy edema?

Not recognized Rx: As with many holistic/naturopathic they are not well studied and often fall short of their zealot supporters claims.
A more clinical tried and true if Omental tansplant from the abdomin to the axillae ...Read more

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Breast cancer - mastectomy and treatment after, what is the process like?

Breast cancer - mastectomy and treatment after, what is the process like?

Medications , Radiat: Sometimes after surgery doctors may prefer radiation treatment or medications like tamoxifen ...Read more

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I am getting a diagnosis of dcis then a bilateral mastectomy preformed, what follow up treatment is good or needed?

I am getting a diagnosis of dcis then a bilateral mastectomy preformed, what follow up treatment is good or needed?

No further treatment: If you had a bilateral mastectomy for DCIS, no further treatment is necessary. If you have a lumpectomy you will need radiation afterwards and 5 years of tamoxifen if the DCIS is estrogen receptor positive and if there is no contraindication to taking tamoxifen. ...Read more

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Is mastectomy an effective treatment for fibrocystic breast disease?

Is mastectomy an effective treatment for fibrocystic breast disease?

Not indicated: Benign breast fibrocysric condition is not a "disease." it is fairly common & does not lead to breast cancer. Breast swelling, nodularity, discomfort & cysts occur. Mastectomy would not be indicated for this benign breast condition. ...Read more

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Hi doctors, can you tell me what is mastectomy and why is it a treatment for breast cancer?

Hi doctors, can you tell me what is mastectomy and why is it a treatment for breast cancer?

Yes we can: The best treatment for any early cancer is surgery, i. E. Cut it out! when the cancer is in the breast, patients have a choice to remove just the cancer(called lumpectomy) and save the breast with the help of radiotherapy to the remaining breast. Or opt for removal of the entire breast, which is called mastectomy. ...Read more

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Bc 3c had mastectomy lnd chemo radio finished treatment 6 mnth ago found an enlarged supraclavicular node been ultrasound but not being treated why?

Bc 3c had mastectomy lnd chemo radio finished treatment 6 mnth ago found an enlarged supraclavicular node been ultrasound but not being treated why?

Breast Cancer: This would need to be biopsied based on the ultrasound criteria of the node and patients status
was the node present prior to treatment?
What imaging was performed pre-treatment? ...Read more

Dr. Barry Rosen
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Mastectomy (Definition)

A mastectomy is complete removal of all visible breast tissue. Different variations exist, some of which spare some or all of ...Read more