last Rx???

Today I filled a prescription for Letrozole. I have one repeat on it. Letrozole is paid for by the Province, and I get the prescription filled at the Victoria Cancer Centre.

So you don’t have to look it up— Letrozole is an aromatase inhibitor for treatment of hormonally responsive breast cancer, specifically persons who are  post-menopausal, like me. Letrozole prevents oestrogen from “binding” to cancer cell receptors.

What I’m not sure about is how long I actually have to take it. Most places I Google say that it’s 5 years, though there are other sites that say clinical trials are under way to determine how long a person should take the drug or need to take the drug. It can be prescribed to keep the cancer under control if there is metastases. If 5 years is the “answer”, then May 2012 is my end date.

You know, Letrozole has been a double-edged sword. On one hand it aids in keeping cancer growth in check or not at all, and on the other hand it contributes to , which I now have.

In some ways it’s like marking an end to what I’ve been through. Five years will have gone by both slowly and fast. As long as I remain symptom-free, I fall under “no evidence of disease”.

Five years. I’m 6 months away. Most prognosis stats I read say that the survival rate for my type of cancer is 40% (other sites say 25 to 50%) to reach 5 years compared to 85% with other types of breast cancer. Wow. That’s both humbling and very disturbing. But I’m 6 months away. And I’m emotional about that.