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Adenocarcinoma and oestrogen supplements

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Adenocarcinoma and oestrogen supplements


I had treatment last year for Adenocarcinoma and am struggling with symptoms of the menopause at the moment.  I am 50.

Insomnia, hot flushes, emotional and achy joints hips etc.

I'm just interested if any women with a history of adenocarcinoma have either been presribed HRT or advised it risks re-occurence by Consultant.  I have mixed messages from my team.

Also, has anyone tried natural phyto oestrogens / soya supplements to help with a natural source of oestrogen.  I have looked at these and will ask my GP but I would appreciate anyone elses experience.

It seems some Dr's do recommend and some don't.








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I was on oestrogen-only HRT for many years for glassy cell adenocarcinoma. You can't have it if you have endometrial cancer but cervical cancers are thought to be fine. Don't struggle with symptoms! If something is "natural" but has any biological oestrogen-like effect then the dangers would be just the same in any case in my view. 

    • Stage 3 Glassy cell adenocarcinoma  1997 (negative smear tests).

Treated with Wertheim's hysterectomy, chemorads.

October 2017- new squamous cell vaginal tumour diagnosed,  probably radiation-induced. 

Total pelvic exenteration on 19th December 2017. 

March 18 Post-op CT scan shows healthy kidneys and successful urostomy and colostomy. No evidence of recurrence. Discharged by urology and colorectal surgeons. 2 down and 2 to go!

June 2018. CT scan shows 2 new pulmonary nodules.  

CT Scan Jan 2019. Nodules gone. No evidence of disease. 


I also had this type of cancer and had a RH 8 weeks ago (I am 51). I too have been having similar symptoms to yourself and saw my GP last week about HRT.  He wasn't comfortable prescribing it without first doing some research. He got back to me yesterday after speaking to various people and has said he is happy for me to have a low dosage oestrogen patch so I have decided to give it a try. 

16/01/2019 - Colposcopy, growth found on cervix, removed and biopsies taken 

25/01/2019 - Diagnosed with cc

29/01/2019 - MRI scan

01/02/2019 - Staged adenocarcinoma 1B1

04/03/2019 - Radical Hysterectomy

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I had 1b2 adeno. I had chemorads, no hysterectomy. I’m on combipatch. My oncologist said it was fine. 

June 2016- pap, not up to date, results abnormal

Julyy 5th-  After followups diagnosed with Adenocarcinoma

July 12th 2016- Met with oncologist, clinically staged at 1b2, staging confirmed with MRI and PET. Tumor is endocervical and approx 7 cm.

August 2016- Started chemorads. Post followup after treatment, NED

Sept 2018- Still NED


Thank you all for replying.. I shall give it a try  : )



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