Side effects from Tamoxifen??/Barrett's Esophagus UPDATE
My Mom was treated for breast cancer with chemo and radiation. Her last treatment was Dec 2011. Both treatments were done from June-Dec. All of 2012 and current she has been taking Tamoxifen. She lost at least 23 pounds with the chemo and radiation treatments. She was 147 at the end of 2011. Now she is 123 pounds. Does taking this drug cause you to loose so much weight?
She has been dealing with being told she has Barrett's Esophagus. They went in at the end of January to widen her esophagus at first, then found out about the Barrett's. She went in the beginning of this month to have an Ablation of the esophagus to remove the HIGH dysplasia cells to prevent cancer. The side effects of that treatment should have been zero. But, maybe there is?? She goes sees the specialist tomorrow about her not feeling well to not eat. She slept for days. Today was the first day she called me for a week and sounded sorda clear. She lost two pounds in one week. Due to wanting to eat but couldn't felt sick. If he says she is fine in his area then I was wondering about Tamoxifen if that is causing her problems. She goes sees her chemo doctor the 21 of this month.
I am worried about her. She will be 69 the 28 of the month. She is a leap year baby really her birthday is the 29! She is in remission from lung cancer. She has COPD. If she were to get pneumonia she is a goner. She is at risk already, but she has no reserve to help keep herself going until the sickness is gone.
I also wonder if she could have mind issues of not wanting to get heavy again??? This is every girls dream to loose weight. She is skin "loose skin" and bones. Very sad and no energy.
It feels like she is fading and I won't have her long.
Please give your story or what you know or have dealt with.
We have found out why she has been loosing weight , feeling full, very tired. She had an cat scan done yesterday and she has LIVER cancer. I thought it was her esphogus, or her new way of thinking but she truly has had real health issues and no one knew.I had a feeling something was wrong but needed a doctors help.
She did blood work today. Still need an biopsy to find out the stage and the treatments. I just hope she is strong enough body wise to take the treatments.
I made sure to be with her for the call. She actually took it better than I thought. She said she has lots to live for. My daughter graduates from college is June, my son and wife are trying to have a baby etc. She has an younger grand daughter she wants to see graduate from high school. So, her mood is stronger than it was the last time I wrote.
Tomorrow is her 69 birthday. Saturday we will get with her for cake and ice cream. No large meal like normal she is not hungry like normal.
I really think she has had this for some time. She just never complained to the doctors and had them figure out her problem. She has gone to lots of doctor appointments but they don't really do exams mostly talk. She is the type to keep things to herself., because the day she goes to the doctor she seems to feel better, but the day before she didn't.
I have cried a bunch and then get strong. Now need to wait and see the results of tests.