Hi - I'm a man, so I hope I am not out of place posting here. FWIW I have advanced prostate cancer and share information about that on another forum with other men and any number of wives, daughters, and girlfriends who post there.
I'm posting here because my 94 year old mother was diagnosed with breast cancer after discovery of a 4+ centimeter lump that was causing a discharge. She still lives on her own. My wife takes her to medical appointments and does the shopping. I do house repairs, lawn mowing, etc. And she has a house cleaner who comes in once a week.
Because of her age and other health problems - congestive heart failure, borderline kidney function, and diabetes - surgeons don't want to risk surgery or general anesthesia, or radiation. She now has an oncologist who has started her on Arimedex (Anastrozole). My wife and I have moved her into our house (over my mother's protest) for at least a few weeks to see how she adjusts to the new additional medication. Needless to say we are reluctant to let her go back to her own house.
So - can anyone give me some first-hand experience of what the side effects are with Arimedex. I've read lists of possible SE's, but none of them say how soon or how long, or how typical, etc. I'm concerned that she may be doing well enough that she will fight to go home in a couple of weeks. But does it take longer for SE's to set in.
We are on the tipping point of having to insist she can no longer live on her own. Any thoughts or advice is welcome.