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Sorry other users have had problems but I'd like to reassure people thinking about taking anastrozole.
I'm 52, CA right breast diagnosed April 2007, WLE and axillary clearance, TAC chemo, 30 doses radio and straight on to anastrozole aka arimidex. I went back to the gym after surgery until half way through chemo and then again from start of radio: now doing 3 times a week. My paid work is freelance/part-time and mild/moderate lymphoedema has limited my other activities like DIY, housework etc. I've had minimal side effects from arimidex: stiffness (in hand damaged by chemo) which goes on movement, hot flushes continuing since chemo but getting less frequent and less horrid. I am only tired when I'm bored (funny how my work dried up when I was sick) - when working or working out I'm full of energy. I do get mizzy but who wouldn't with all we've been through, the fear of recurrence and mourning for loss of a healthy body and the lifestyle changes involved. Anastrozole is better protection than tamoxifem against recurrence and has fewer nasty side effects than the 2 other similar anti-hormonals and far fewer than tamoxifem. If you're offered anastrozole, I'd say \"go for it!\"
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