Oncology Questions? Ask an Oncologist for Answers ASAP
This is Dr. David
I am a cancer doctor
the vagifem vaginal tablets contain estrogen to help treat vaginal atrophy.
estrogen creams and vaginal estrogen is the best way to treat vaginal atrophy.
only tiny tiny tiny amounts of estrogen is absorbed into your body with vaginal estrogen.
the leaflets are saying not to use it because the company is afraid of law suits of patients using this and if the breast cancer returns, blaming the Vagifem.
because many breast cancers can grow on estrogen.
but there is so little estrogen that gets absorbed, I would not stress about that.
also your type of breast cancer is important.
was it an aggressive breast cancer or non invasive breast cancer (DCIS)
was your breast cancer estrogen receptor ER positive or negative.
are you still on anti-estrogen treatments like tamoxifen or arimidex?
was IN SITU. I do not take any medicine
do not know was it + or -
so insitu breast cancers are not deadly breast cancers.
you can ask your doctor to find out if your breast cancer was ER positive or negative.
even for in situ breast cancer is there data supporting use of radiation therapy to the breast after mastectomy
and also using tamoxifen 20mg pills daily for 5 years to decrease chance of recurrence.
but you should be fine to use the vagifem to help the vaginal atrophy and bleeding.
to help prevent the vagina from being so dry and the skin so thin
does this make sense?
do you have any other questions?
radiation after lumpectomy after in situ breast cancer.
you are welcome
best of luck to you
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