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Gleevec and menopause
I am 50 years old and haven't had a menstral cycle in 14 months. I have been taking Gleevec for 8 months with a good response. I recently received the  "monthly visitor." Is it possible that menopause was not permanent but caused by the cancer?
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I have also been on Gleevec successfully and I am 55 years old.  I was diagnosed with leukemia three years ago.  I have not had any periods since.  I believe the Gleevec sped up my menopause and caused my periods to abruptly stop.  The menopause would have happened anyway at about this age, but just not as quickly as it did.  It was just a sudden end, no spotting, no nothing.  In your case it sounds like it is more fizzling out rather than chop/chop!  Oh well, we must deal with whatever.  You could ask your oncologist, but chances are they don't really know.  Gleevec is still so new, it is unclear exactly what side-effects it has.
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