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Bridget:
I am sorry to hear of your Mom's diagnosis. I do have experience with hormone therapy - with my Father who had prostate cancer. I know with his hormone therapy it was NOT a cure, but it did slow down the growth of the cancer cells, to where he lived for 8 years until the "cancer" got "smart" and became hormone refractory, then it was just pretty much downhill from there. My Mother who had breast cancer 9 years ago, took tamoxifen, for 5 years (that is typically the longest you can stay on that medicine). The tamoxfin is just used as a "preventive" to help decrease the "chances" of the cancer re-occurring, although it does have some side effects. I "personally" have not heard of hormone therapy for cancer that was everywhere, but I would find out more information from your Doctor. If it can slow the growth of the cancer cells for a period of time to keep it at bay (so to say), then it very well may be worth the expense, especially if the side effects from the treatment are minimum. Neither my Mother NOR my Father did chemo, so I do agree with your Mother's age and health issues, that is a good choice, as chemo can really take a lot out of even a healthy person with full mental capacities. If you find out the kind of hormonal therapy the Doctor is recomending I may be able to offer some more advice or at least you can "research" the specific therapy. God Bless, Janet
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