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Herceptin vs. Letrozole for Breast Cancer

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Herceptin

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Other Names: Trastuzumab

Letrozole

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Other Names: Femara
Rating: 4.5 out of 5
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Rating: 4 out of 5
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Trastuzumab (International Nonproprietary Name trade name Herceptin) is a monoclonal antibody that interferes with the HER2/neu Receptor (biochemistry).The HER receptors are proteins that are embedded in the cell membrane and communicate molecular... Read more on Wikipedia
Letrozole (International Nonproprietary Name, trade name Femara) is an oral non-steroidal aromatase inhibitor for the treatment of hormonally-responsive breast cancer after surgery.Estrogens are produced by the conversion of androgens through the a... Read more on Wikipedia
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By Lauezz
February 26, 2014
Lauezz wrote
Letrozole and Ramipril
i was diagnosed with breast cancer august 2013 spread to lungs and bones, only this month i have been getting joint pain and pins and needles in hands like yourself, what are you taking, im just taking paracetamol for pain
chris  |  March 6, 2014
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By Mama Laura
November 15, 2013
Mama Laura wrote
Femara and numbness in hands and feet
I am on femara tablets as well. I also experience numbness on my finger tips and feet as well. I pray the best for you and other women also. May God continue to BLESS US ALL. Isaiah 53:5 For He Was Wounded For Our Transgressions; He Was Bruised For Our Iniquities; The Chastisement Of Of Our Peace Was Upon Him And By HIS STRIPES WE ARE HEALED.
Brenda  |  August 30, 2014
Hi I was dx'd with early stage BCA and had bilateral mastectomy in Jan 2014 then chem with Cytoxin and taxetere. Just started on letrozole 2.5 almost at 2 months. My hands feet began hurting numbness joint pain about 6 weeks after end of chemo and a wk before I started the letrozole. It has continue and is very painful but I wanted to try to stick it out since I understand this is common and gets better or so I hope itbhappenscto me as it has to some of you. Imptay and wish you all the best in
Marley  |  July 25, 2014
Me too. Do you think the symptoms will stop when we go off the med?
Karen  |  July 2, 2014
I take letrozole, the generic of femara, and I am also dealing with tingling and numbness in feet,
also lower back and hip pain. I was tempted to stop the drug to see if symptoms would cease, but after reading other comments from woman, I hope after a year or so the side effects would ease up a little. I hope this encourages you a little bit, to let you know your not alone with this. I hope the best for you along with other women God bless.
kathy  |  January 15, 2014
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By Linda
November 11, 2013
Linda wrote
Herceptin and Chemo brain
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By suz54
September 8, 2013
suz54 wrote
docetaxel vs. letrozole? ......... OR DOCETAXEL AND LETROZOLE
My oncologist said docetaxol and letrozole together would give really bad side effects I had to stop my letrozole whilst I had chemo and restart when finished
jan  |  April 30, 2014
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By Wanda
August 22, 2013
Wanda wrote
Herceptin & Aspirin
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What patients are saying about Herceptin + Letrozole + Breast Cancer

87 patient discussions from healthcare websites and blogs
cushkin I am on Letrozole (other one which is similar to...
Hi cushkin I am on Letrozole (other one which is similar to Tamoxifen) and I started this after my chemo and before my rads. I too am on Herceptin. I would give your bc nurse a call and ask...
nurse and she told me to stop taking Letrozole for a month...
...nurse and she told me to stop taking Letrozole ...herceptin or letrozloe that is causeing the problem, well it's still just as bad. I feel so down as I wasn't expecting this but it's totally rul...
Lynne. I take letrozole - another type of aromatase...
...I take letrozole - another type of aromatase inhibitor (of which Arimidex is one). I started after chemo and radiation and during Herceptin. I was also on it for 5 years with my first bc. Minima...
for five years and now on letrozole. As far as I know...
...HER2 positive after I thought my treatments all finished eight years ago in 2005, I then had herceptin for a year to prevent a return, then tamoxifen for five years and now on letrozole. As far...
to prescribe me daily letrozole and a 3 monthly injection...
...this. First one seems to have disappeared into the ether. I have just finished 6 cycles of taxotere and herceptin, most of them with carboplatin. I am continuing ...prescribe me daily letroz...
to prescribe me daily letrozole and a 3 monthly injection...
...this. First one seems to have disappeared into the ether.\ \ I have just finished 6 cycles of taxotere and herceptin, most of them with carboplatin. I am continuing ...prescribe me daily letr...
for me. I have been on Letrozole for about 4 weeks now...
...for me. I have been on Letrozole for about 4 weeks ...last year just after my diagnosis of bc. Not sure if abstained ...chemo, radiotherapy and am now on Herceptin along with the Letrozole....
Good luck with it and I hope you have no side effects...
...Letrozole. I have been taking the tabs last thing at night and noticed I'm a bit restless so am going to try first thing in the morning. Other than this (and it's not as bad as it probably sounds h...
of bc. I'm now on Letrozole/Zoladex and Pamidronate. Taken...
...rads for hip and pelvic pain last week and now going for ct and bone scan next week as onc seems to think letrozole now stopped being effective. Had 18 treatments of herceptin in 2009 and may be...
which doesn't help matters since that leaves me hot,...
...weak and forces me to keep a calendar of what weeks I can expect to do things in in relative confidence. This for me is week 3 just before treatment again. So treatment 6 was today and I can expect...
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