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|4/26/2011||My sister and I both had breast cancer that was estrogen receptor positive. Another sister is getting a hysterectomy and the doctor is recommending that she take estrogen following the surgery to manage the symptoms of hormone changes. Is this safe for her to do? I have been tested and do not have the BRAC 1 or 2 gene.|
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|4/27/2011||Gracious, a lot has been going on with you and your sisters! Your sister having the hysterectomy could make an appointment with a medical oncologist for expert recommendation on the risks for her on estrogen. Also, another possibility would be for her to speak with a breast high risk specialist that could also advise her. Some women tolerate menopausal effects without many side effects, and others do not. Hoepfeully your sister might be one who does very well. Not all women need or require estrogen supplements after hysterectomy. Natural suggestions for managing menopausal effects such as hot flashes are available on line and there are books available as well. Best wishes!|
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