Radiation induced menopause

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LittleG
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Re: Radiation induced menopause

Postby LittleG » Sun Aug 05, 2018 3:51 pm

I was 34 when I had radio and was sent to a menopause clinic. The OBGYN immediately prescribed HRT (a combo oestrogen/progesterone one) and when I asked about risks of taking it he said that at a younger age the risks are much lower and the benefits far outweigh the risks. No more risk than the contraceptive pill...that was good enough for me. I now have zero menopause symptoms to add to all the other delightful issues post chemo and LARS. Highly encourage anyone to discuss HRT if they have radio.

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Re: Radiation induced menopause

Postby Aqx99 » Thu Aug 16, 2018 12:23 pm

LittleG wrote:I was 34 when I had radio and was sent to a menopause clinic. The OBGYN immediately prescribed HRT (a combo oestrogen/progesterone one) and when I asked about risks of taking it he said that at a younger age the risks are much lower and the benefits far outweigh the risks. No more risk than the contraceptive pill...that was good enough for me. I now have zero menopause symptoms to add to all the other delightful issues post chemo and LARS. Highly encourage anyone to discuss HRT if they have radio.


I wish I could, but with my family history of breast cancer and my ovarian cancer, I don't want to risk it. My oncologist thinks it is too risky, as well.
Anne, 40
Stage IIIB Rectal Cancer
T3N1bM0
2/21/17 Dx, Age 39
2/21/17 CEA 0.9
3/23/17 - 5/2/17 Chemoradiation, 28 treatments
6/14/17 Robotic LAR w/temp loop ileostomy, ovaries & fallopian tubes removed, 2/21 lymph nodes positive
7/24/17 - 12/18/17 CapeOx, 6 Cycles
7/24/17 Dx w/ovarian cancer
9/6/17 CA 125 11.1
11/27/17 CEA 2.6
12/5/17 CT NED
12/13/17 CEA 2.9
1/11/18 CA 125 8.6
1/23/18 Reversal
3/21/18 CT enlarged thymus
4/6/18 PET NED
7/10/18 CT NED
7/11/18 CEA 2.6
9/18 Bilateral Prophylactic Mastectomy


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