by Sandy Johnson
(Port Charlotte, FL)
I'm going to be 71 in January. I had surgery on 10/02/08 for lumpectomy of a cancerous tumor in my breast. Next step was 36 radiation therapy sessions ending on 01/12/09. Next step was a daily dose of Femara Tab 2.5 mg. An "aromatase inhibitor used to treat breast cancer in women after menopause". I take it at night since it induces hot flashes. My menopause started 30 years ago and was pretty normal. I never took any HRT of any kind. Ever. Now I am having hot flashes again but mostly at night now from the Femara, just a few during the days.
Last summer I noticed my hair brush needed emptying more often than usual and I started to see more of my scalp, front and center. I have not lightened my hair since June, 2009 and am letting it go gray from my natural dark blonde. My daughter said she had good results with progesterone cream but she had a thyroid condition that needed it. My sister told me I needed zinc in my system. I'm seeing my oncologist on 12/4 and planned on asking him what's up. I'm in Florda until April when I'll return to MA and seeing my Primary Care doctor for a physical in June. I don't want to wait that long. Any ideas?