It’s good to know that you are responding well to your treatment.
Aromatase inhibitors like Arimidex can cause joint pains and arthritis. Those are included in the side effects profile of the drug. But these are manageable with use of supportive measures.
Data on the use of Arimidex showed benefits when given for 5 years. Beyond 5 years, there is not much data to support the use of this drug. Perhaps the data available are still not that mature to arrive at a conclusion.
You may discontinue taking Arimidex after 5 years. You should, however, continue regular surveillance check-ups with your doctor.
Good luck and God bless you always.
Thanks very much for taking the time to respond to me, Doctor. I really appreciate it. With regard to surveillance, I have checkups, bloodwork including a CEA, and a brain MRI every three months.
Thanks for the update.
Regular surveillance check-ups are needed in order to detect possible recurrence (either local recurrence or distant recurrence) of the cancer. Aside from physician visits for complete history and physical examination, there is a need to do monthly self breast examination and semi annual or annual mammography. Ancillary procedures like an MRI can be done on a case to case basis, especially when following-up a suspicious lesion.
Please do post any updates.