Letrozole - a few questions

Hello Ladies

A huge thank you for all the replies to my 'in need of moral support' post - did the trick.

Operation next week for my recurrance. Letrozole then floated as a treatment, I dont know anything about it - is it taken daily or weekly? At home or in hospital? For a fixed period or forever?? Thanks so much for any information you can give.

Nicola

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  • Dear Nicola,

    I had Letrozole this summer, as a daily pill, at home, to see if it could stop tumour growth. I had no side effects, but it didn't work for me, the tumour kept growing, albeit slowly, so maybe that was the effect of the hormone suppressant, which is what Letrozole is.

    Good luck and take care,

    Francesca

  • Dear Nicola

    I've been on Letrozole since March 2012, one tablet daily, had a scan at the end of June & it had decreased very little but I still classed this as a good result, better a little than none at all. I've remained on Letrozole & had another scan on 4th December. I did a previous blog around the middle of December when I got the result & tumour has reduced from 16x12 to 10x7. The difference between the 2 scans which is 5 months to me is brilliant but in my December blog I spoke about Turmeric (indian spice) that I had heard about, & when hubby & I were on holiday in July I went into Holland & Barrett & bought it in 400mg capsules. I thought that I had nothing to lose by trying it & apparently turmeric doesn't like cancer cells.

    You take 2 capsules a day, 1 at breakfast with food & one with dinner in the evening. I do believe that the combination of the turmeric with the letrozole helped me achieve the 6.5 decrease in my tumour so there is no way I will stop taking them. I feel really well on the letrozole (a few aches & pains, but who hasn't) & when the letrozole stops working I'll be looking for other options. There are trials going on at the moment with Metformin (used for type 2 diabettes) & my consultant says that this might be an option for me when the time comes. Long may the letrozole & turmeric do their job as I lead a very active life & I'm certainly not ready to give that up.

    Take care & hope everything goes well for you. Sending you a big hug

    Iris xx

  • Hello Iris

    Thanks so much for this - all really interesting. Bravo to you. Thanks to the fantastic information from others I have also started taking Tumeric AND ginger - also from Holland & Barratt.!! (Do you live overseas?). Also thinking about gluten-free low carb diet. So much information to take in. Thanks so much for your feedback, I will let you know. Big hug back - Nicola xx

  • Hi! Nicola

    I live in Glasgow & attend Stobhill Hospital. We have a dedicated hospital called the Beatson where all chemo/Radium is given & I have had some great service from all the hospitals I have attended during my 16 years this april with ovarian cancer.

    I'm on my 3rd time around & intend to keep going no matter what the outcome. Life is too precious. Please keep in touch & let me know how you are doing. I'm back on 2 monthly hospital visits at the moment but hopefully later in the year, all being well they'll put me back to 3/4 monthly visits

    Kind regards

    Iris xx

  • Hi! Nicola

    I live in Glasgow & attend Stobhill Hospital. We have a dedicated hospital called the Beatson where all chemo/Radium is given & I have had some great service from all the hospitals I have attended during my 16 years this april with ovarian cancer.

    I'm on my 3rd time around & intend to keep going no matter what the outcome. Life is too precious. Please keep in touch & let me know how you are doing. I'm back on 2 monthly hospital visits at the moment but hopefully later in the year, all being well they'll put me back to 3/4 monthly visits

    Kind regards

    Iris xx

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