hrt, after you have had cancer

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I am 65, having bad hot flashes & moody., I had cancer in 2009, they removed my right kidney., I did not have to have chemo or radiation.,

the dr told me i could no longer be on HRT.  

I am seeing my dr in May & requesting to go back on HRT., Any thoughts on this . just need a sounding board !!!!

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    I thought it was ok for you to take HRT despite your cancer. As far as I know it's only ladies who have had breast cancer and take Tamoxifen. 
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      Matron,not what I have been told by several Dr. I have moved to another state this past year, so I am seeing a new doctor in May . I am asking her to put me back on Her.
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      I only thought it was ladies who had suffered breast cancer were denied HRT but I'm probably not so up to date as I used to be. It's certainly made me want to research it though. In the UK doctors are advised to follow the recently updated NICE Guidelines (National Institute for Health & Care Excellence) when it comes to prescribing HRT and breast cancer is the only cancer mentioned in the guidance so reading it I would say here in the UK HRT would be prescribed in your case.
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      Well I am praying ,I can get back on it. Tired of all the hot flashes, moodiness.
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    Hi Wanda, I've been on Estradiol since age 48, I'm now 68. I asked my OBGYN that very question a few months ago. I couldn't exist without HRT, but both my parents have had cancer so I'm worried what I would do. My doctor stopped me in mid sentence and said, "Only breast cancer" and ended the discussion right there. At least now I feel better and if I don't get cancer I'll take it from there.
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    Dear Wanda

    It's amazing how many women are still having hot flashes and mood swings, you and me included (68 yrs old). Although I was hesitant about taking anti-depressants, they have really helped stablise my mood so I can tolerate the hot flashes much better. I can't take HRT either (in my case proneness to blot clots because of a faulty gene), so I'm on Lavial and Cartia, a blood thinner. After 6 weeks I still have hot flashes. In the cooler weather I tolerate them better, however, and sleep quite well. I hope your doctor can help you manage all symptoms, Wanda. Best wishes for relief very soon. Hang in there!

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      Helen93847, I have taken Paxil for hot flashes to,it did help some but I also gained slit if weight on it . I'm to the point now do I just keep gaining weight or just deal with the hot flashes .
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