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Kylie Minogue Approaches 5 Year Breast Cancer Anniversary

By September 13, 2010

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Gorgeous Australian pop star Kylie Minogue is more than ready to celebrate her 5th anniversary after breast cancer.  Minogue was diagnosed with breast cancer in May 2005 at age 37, and was treated with surgery, chemo, and radiation.  Like many other young women, she was prescribed 5 years of Tamoxifen to prevent a recurrence.  Tamoxifen lowers levels of estrogen, the hormone responsible for fueling 80% of all breast tumors.  As with any cancer treatment, this medication comes with side effects which can be uncomfortable.

"Trust me, I have been in floods of tears at my oncologist, saying, 'I can't stand it, get me off this stuff!' And then he will become very stern and say, 'We have to cure you.' So you have to carry on with it because it works," said the young star.  Minogue has been going for follow-up visits and is hoping she will be declared in remission by May 2011, when she can go off of all medications for cancer.  She has been told about the transition that many patients have to make when regular oncology appointments end.  Some breast cancer patients feel lost, abandoned, or endangered when they no longer see their regular staff of nurses and doctors - stepping away from actively fighting the disease can leave a void in your life.

"I'll finish early next year and that will be amazing, but I've also heard you can feel quite insecure when you first come off it because you have relied on this medication for so long. It's going to be a big adjustment," said Minogue.  Doubtless she will feel relieved when she graduates from her cancer clinic, but she can expect some side effects to linger.  Medical menopause symptoms and chemobrain can continue to affect breast cancer patients for years after treatment ends.  "Life doesn't go back to normal, it's a new normal," she said, when asked about how she feels now.  Minogue and 2-year boyfriend Andres Velencoso Segura have no set plans for a wedding or a baby, but she is releasing her new 11th studio album, Aphrodite!

Have any advice for Kylie, or others approaching their 5-year anniversary?  Leave your words of wisdom here.

September 15, 2010 at 8:47 am
(1) Rose says:

According to Dr. Susan Love, and by the way I asked her the same question as to whether or not I made the right choice of NOT taking Tamoxifen after my breast surgery especially in view of the fact that my aunt died from the horrid side effects of this drug.

When I met Dr. Love in person, she explained that the minimal % of how this drug reduces your chance of reoccurrence is higher than the standard % chance for anyone that does not take this drug. So with the side effects that this drug has, it doesn’t pay to take this drug to begin with.

So I say, get off the Tamoxifen!

September 15, 2010 at 9:07 am
(2) Dawn says:

It’s good to see strong women beat this disease. I’ve been in treatment for one year and next week will have a 12 hoursurgery for mastectomy and bi-lateral reconstruction. I’m ready to kiss cancer goodbye and say HELLO life.not to mention missing my hair!!!
Congrats to Kylie.
Hammond, Louisiana

September 15, 2010 at 11:36 am
(3) Charlotte says:

Hi Kylie,congrats to you,with all the side effects of Tamoxifen you beat it.I done also in 2009 surgery modifed radical mastectomy no reconstruction,finish chemo,radiation.i am on Tamoxifen for 5months mine is also for 5years.My only problem with this tablet is legg cramps.

For Rose:
i will stick to the 5 year mark with Tamoxifen and all the side effects better as the recurence of breast cancer.

September 15, 2010 at 2:02 pm
(4) Virginia Tesch says:

I cannot give you any advice, as each case is different. Have you sought a second opinion? I will tell you my experience.
I had a mastectomy in 2008. Fortunately it was not in the lymph nodes so I avoided chemo and radiation. I was put on tamoxifen, then Arimidex. I couldn’t tolerate either one. I was so fatigued I couldn’t function. And so short of breath I couldn’t walk half a block. A friend told me that her sister had shortness of breath, When she died they discovered that the medication had caused a lung problem, thus her death. I don’t know if this is a scientific fact. I told my oncologist that I couldn’t live like this and he took me off the medication. My quality of life is so much better now.
Who knows if my cancer will return? None of us are assured of that. The only thing we are assured of is that at some time you and I will die. You need have no fear of death. Granted, the Getting there is the scarey part.
I pray that you will have the peace that comes from a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. He is our HOPE..our only hope beyond this world of sin and sickness. God bless you on your journey.

September 15, 2010 at 9:55 pm
(5) Lilian says:

Yes. Stopped the Tamoxifen myself, after almost 3 very miserable years and an additional 30 pounds! Was constantly tired, depressed, and most days could barely get out of bed. Everyone is different, but I think that I could not live another day on that drug!

September 16, 2010 at 3:51 am
(6) Margaret says:

There is a product you can take – in Australia it is called Indolplex. It has another name in America. The botanical name is Diindolymethane.(DIM) It is made only from cruciferous vegetables, can be safely taken with Tamoxifen to reduce the side effects but is also recommended on it’s own. It metabolises oestrogen and converts the 4-16 hydroxyoestrogens down into the good ones the 2 hydroxyoestrogens whereas Tamoxifen blocks the oestrogen. It encourages a healthy oestrogen balance. You will need to consult a Naturopath or a Medical Practitioner who has an interest in complimentary medicine to prescribe it. You would need to eat around 3.8kg of raw broccoli a day to get what you would from one capsule. The American Cancer Association has a favourable research paper out on it whilst taking Tamoxifen. The preferable one is the one that is only DIM. Your practitioner can get salivary tests done to assess your progress.

September 16, 2010 at 7:30 am
(7) Yvonne says:

Congratulations! Do be careful about soy, though. It’s in almost everything–food, makeup, facial cleansers, etc. Those products that erase little lines from your face? Estrogen (soy). I have one year to go on Tamoxifen and can’t wait.

September 17, 2010 at 11:45 am
(8) Sola says:

I congratulate all women who have persevered through their battle with breast cancer.

I personally have never had the disease, but my grandmother does, and has been going through her treatment which seems to be working, as she is still with us after 2 yrs, even though doctors didn’t think she would mke it this far. My husband also died of cancer, so this whole issue is very dear to my heart. I encourage everyone to support breast cancer awareness and education programs by clicking here https://sweetenup.scentsy.us/Buy/ProductDetails/DSW-SFF-PINK

September 30, 2010 at 6:43 am
(9) Rivka says:

Tamoxifen and Arimidex both have horrendous side effects which are generally heavily ‘played down’ by drug companies and some doctors alike. Having seen my mum having so many problems with Arimidex when I was diagnosed with a very early breast cancer(not same type as my mum) I elected for a lumpectomy and sentinel lymph node removal (showing no spread) Was offered chemo, radiation and arimidex but having all 3 would only give me a small % extra survival but HUGE % of having the horrible side effects – many of which no-one tells you about if you don’t ask. So ok I may or may not live to regret my decision to not have any treatment other than surgery. So far I’m fine – so sign of a return or spread. I would say – if the drug is giving you life destroying side effects – stop taking it.

November 18, 2010 at 8:05 am
(10) susan phillips says:

Dear kylie,
having battled with cancer of the breast in a span of two years….i know i understand and i salute your spirit…..keep going and be an inspiration to all who look up to you…..

December 21, 2010 at 1:11 pm
(11) hannybans says:

thanks i was looking for information about kylie minogue cos for homework over christmas we had to do an information page on some one from the 60s 70s or 80s and i chose the person i did for a model in school. so this has really helped me with my homework thanks

February 16, 2011 at 11:31 pm
(12) azita says:

dear kylie

You are my inspiration right now! i was diagnosed with cancer at age 31. I recently had my lumpectomy with no nodes involvement and started my first round of chemo. i am shaving my hair this weekend and i am on my way to be cancer free. :)
Nobody can understand the courage and strength it takes to deal with this cancer which is the biggest pain in the ass ever! but i am def not one who drops down from this. I have a bright future ahead of me :) god bless u, all the women and men around the world fighting this and ME!! xxxx

March 4, 2011 at 4:13 am
(13) PAM says:

Thanks KYLIE for giving us hope i too had breast cancer late 07 had both breast removed chemo and tamoxifen .It has made my weight gain 20 kilos and hot and sweaty .Hopefully only two more years on this drug .Breast CANCER has made me get out and travel the world and look at life so different it is a pity we change when we have deal with cancer life changing experience. THANKS for your courage we can all beat this disease Breast Cancer can be history. good on you Kylie

October 10, 2011 at 11:30 pm
(14) Sew Boutique says:

Hope all is going well for you, I am also a breast cancer survivor, one and half years out. We are survivors!!

Best wishes~

October 30, 2011 at 6:14 pm
(15) tracy murphy says:

I was diagnosed with early stage breast cancer in August of this year 2011 at age 38, 12 weeks after having my 3rd baby (must have been all the oestrogen) I have undergone a masectomy, sentinal lymph node removal and 3 weeks of radiotherapy. I am also on tamoxifen and I am so moody on this. It’s a pain in the neck and nobody understands what you are going through only those of us that have gone through it and in particular those who are only in their 20′s, 30′s or early 40′s. It’s a very painful experience to go through both emotionally and physically and I hope that I can get through this and move on… Here’s to reconstruction next year, my mother keeps saying look at Kylie!!!

January 2, 2012 at 6:25 pm
(16) Lisa says:

I am 29 years old and was recently diagnosed with stage 2 breast cancer. I have never felt so scared in my life. I feel like my life has just stopped. I am soon to start chemotherapy and am very traumatized to loosing my very long hair, but even more scared of all the other brutal side effects. I’m going to try to be as positive as possible. Good luck to everyone that is dealing with these emotions. Hard to find someone that understands what your dealing with.

January 23, 2012 at 3:35 pm
(17) Carrie says:

I am 37 and was diagnosed with Grade 2 Invasive Ductal breast cancer last week. Nothing could have prepared me for the shock and utter terror that I’m feeling. I have 4 children, 3 under the age of 8. I hope I will one day be able to say, “I’m 5 years cancer-free.”

February 8, 2012 at 9:05 pm
(18) Jacqui says:

Carrie….You WILL get through this. I know the array of emotions you are feeling. I would suggest that you do your research and don’t just accept what the Dr orders unless it feels right for you. I am 45yrs old and was diagnosed with stage 1 last August (have had a Lumpectomy and Radiation, decided not to take Tamoxifen). Dr’s tend to treat the symptom of cancer (tumors, etc) and NOT the process (what caused the cancer in the first place). We need to focus on both to ensure continued health. My prayers for you and your family.

March 20, 2012 at 6:21 pm
(19) Carmen says:

Dear Kylie, I’d like to say thank you for being so open about cancer. While watching you on tv in Oct 2010 my husband turned and said to me
Have you checked your breasts, so I did. I found the smallest of lumps, which unfortunately was diagnosed as cancer. I have now come through the chemo radiotherapy and am now on tamoxifen. I am finding the side
Affects of tamoxifen hard to deal with especially the weight gain. Once again thank you for being so open. All the best. Carmen

March 31, 2012 at 12:25 pm
(20) Jennifer says:

Congratulations Kylie! Your story is very inspiring… I am also 37 diagnosed with breast CA. Thanks for kicking ass!!! I am looking forward to a big party when I am 42.

April 5, 2012 at 7:47 pm
(21) Carrie says:

Hi Jacqui and thanks for your encouragement. I’m now almost halfway through chemo and feeling much more positive. You were right – I WILL get through this! Good luck to all the Warriors out there!

August 16, 2012 at 7:24 pm
(22) fiona says:

Hi everyone

Just reading everyone’s comments and wanted to give you encouragement as i am 8years clear, my best friend is 13years clear so take heart. As for the tamoxifen i had to take it for 3years and then arimedex for 2years, it wasnt pleasant but i wanted to do all i could to improve my chances. I would really love to get reconstruction done as i had bi lateral masectomy and they kind of made a boch up of it, so i would love to get that fixed and get back to looking normal. Anyway my love and prayers to all of you. x

By the way Kylie you are amazing and an inspiration to us all.x

November 28, 2012 at 1:37 pm
(23) Norma says:

I’ am a breast cancer survivor too; stage II invasive ductual I did 1 yr hard stuff (chemo) 4 months not so bad chemo and the 6 wks radiation finished about 1 1/2 yrs ago and i still suffer today; sorry to say. I wasn’t in the best health when i was diagnosed, not a runner type, but i wasn’t over weight either. I was given tamoxifen and tried it for about 6 months and it was awful, i couldn’t take it and then they put me on another one, felt like i was going to have a heart attach, i chose quality of life. It is still difficult i won’t lie, cramps, headaches, fatigue, not much breath, hard to get up early in the AM for work at 8 am. I”m not giving up on myself, it’s a different life, better really (may not sound like it). I AM one with God and everyday God has something better planned for me. I’m learning alot; going to do the stuff i really want and wanted to do. Work w/children….

April 27, 2013 at 10:03 am
(24) Christina portelli says:

Hi to all,
Kylie I was diagnosed 2008 when I was pregnant with my baby girl. I began treatment at 20 weeks pregnant , I was 36 years young and had chemo lumpectomy then radiation . I remember getting up every day so tired from feeding a newborn then having to go to radiation for 6 weeks , all I could focus on was ( I’m nearly at the finish line) now I’ve been on tamoxifen for almost 5 yrs. I’m 41 and hopefully I can end the drug in November this year, I pray that I don’t have to stay on but I heard that they are recommending now for another 5 yrs, I don’t think I can do it . I have enough changes to my body I want the old me back. Did they offer you the same advice? I’ve noticed my hair has thinned , low libido , fatigue . I hope my hair goes back to normal. After you stop the drug do all the sideffects go away ( can anyone tell me) ? What keeps me grounded is my 4 yr old , I look at her and I’m so grateful she is healthy and strong. She’s amazing she is so resilient and determined maybe all those drugs I endured made her what she is today . Please if you read this I would love to hear back from you . I know in my heart you will have a family one day . Xxx Christina

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