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5/9/2017Hi! 1)Is it normal to have a diagnosis of a mixture of anxiety and depression due to maybe cancer diagnosis and treatments? That's what my psychologist says about me. I was diagnosed of BBC about 4 years ago. I had a DMX with reconstruction and chemotherapy. Since then I've been on anti-hormonal treatment for ER+ PR+ Herneu negative bc. First I took Tamoxifen for about 2 and a half years and then Zoladex and letrozole. I'll take these till complete 10 years of treatment.I'd have to take a total of 10 years treatment 2) Does these treatments affect and produce somehow anxiety and depression? I suffer from insomnia, hotflashes-shivers, fatigue and sadness. 3) When would I feel better? After 10 years of treatment? never? Thank you.
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5/9/20171. yes, quite common actually. one large study showed that 70% of breast cancer survivors meet the criteria for having clinical depression.

2. can contribute to depression. the other side effects you mentioned are related to menopausal side effects that these types of therapies can cause.

3. certainly once off the meds but work with your doctor to see if you need to be on meds for depression.

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