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HRT after Uterine Cancer?

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  • Posted By: AvidCyclist76
  • July 10, 2009
  • 02:38 AM

In January of this year, 2009, I had a complete hysterectomy at the age of 32. I had this because I have had uterine cancer 3 times since age 21. My mother, aunt, grandmother, great aunts, and great grandmother all had this as well. I have had a grandmother have breast cancer and two great aunts on my mother's side died of breast cancer. I have been on the HRT patch since February. Every time I put this on, I know it will keep me from having symptoms of menopause, but I am worried about it's connection to cancer, especially breast cancer. Is it ok to use herbal remedies for menopausal symptoms and also take calcium for bone loss? I spoke with my doctor before my surgery about my concerns with HRT and he said there was new research out that stated there is less of a connection between HRT that is only estrogen based and cancer. What should I do?:confused:

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  • HRT (hormone replacement therapy) involves taking female sex hormones to replace hormones that your ovaries no longer produce after menopause. HRT can reduce the symptoms of menopause that many women have. It can also help to lower the risk of osteoporosis (thinning bones as women get older). Doctors used to think it helped to protect against heart disease, but recent studies seem to show that it can increase the risk of heart disease
    melisadenny 33 Replies
    • August 21, 2009
    • 06:36 AM
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  • HRT (hormone replacement therapy) involves taking female sex hormones to replace hormones that your ovaries no longer produce after menopause. HRT can reduce the symptoms of menopause that many women have. It can also help to lower the risk of osteoporosis (thinning bones as women get older). Doctors used to think it helped to protect against heart disease, but recent studies seem to show that it can increase the risk of heart disease.There are two types of HRT. One type contains only oestrogen and is called 'oestrogen only HRT'. The other contains oestrogen and progesterone – both of the female sex hormones – and is called 'combined HRT'.
    melisadenny 33 Replies
    • August 21, 2009
    • 06:39 AM
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  • Please become more educated on this topic. You need to know if your tumor was estrogen and or progesterone feeding. You certainly don't want to be feeding tumors! Tamoxifen is usually given after breast cancer to block estrogen but with uterine cancer the thought is that when the ovaries are removed estrogen is blocked dramatically. However being overweight can increase estrogen production as can the hormones in our foods and water. There is still debate regarding soy and estrogen production, until the facts are in try to avoid it but it is in everything we eat these days. Eat a diet rich in fruit and vegetables, low in animal fat, exercise and use stress reduction techniques such as meditaion and progressive relaxation and recognize that each day after a diagnosis of cancer is a gift, laugh and enjoy, the hot flashes will pass and you may have to deal with bone loss but maybe not if you walk, lift light weights and watch your calcium intake. As for me I am pretty sure that it was bio identical hormones during menopause that caused my cancer.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • September 13, 2009
    • 05:36 PM
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