Menopause After Cancer Clinic

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Dh5Wy83
Dh5Wy83 Member Posts: 17
I was wondering if anyone had accessed the Menopause After Cancer Clinic at the Royal Women's Hospital in Melbourne? What was your experience like? What menopause symptoms were they able to help with?
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  • Blossom1961
    Blossom1961 Member Posts: 2,394
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    I did. I am being treated for my hot flushes and the tablets they have given me have more than halved my hot flushes and gotten rid of the 'face only' hot flushes I was also having. The staff were very helpful but I only accessed them via telelink as I am regional. They did query me on any other symptoms I may be experiencing but the hot flushes were the main concern for me personally. Extra bonus, service is free.
  • Dh5Wy83
    Dh5Wy83 Member Posts: 17
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    Blossom1961 I'm so glad to hear that. I am curious to ask you, how were you referred to the clinic- by your GP or your breast cancer specialist?

     I attended a seminar on menopause (menopause in general not specific to breast cancer) recently. I got some good tips on diet and exercise. There was a strong focus on managing symptoms with hormone replacement and provided no alternatives to hormone replacement therapy. I am particularly interested in strategies for managing my mood.
  • Blossom1961
    Blossom1961 Member Posts: 2,394
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    My mets nurse recommended it and then my GP wrote me a referral. The tablets I am on are originally for moods but they found that they worked for hot flushes as well, which is why they are happily giving them to hot flush patients. I found I needed to cut the dose down as they were making me slightly nauseous.  They are not hormonal. The doctor at the clinic interviews you and then decides the best treatment for your situation.

    There is a long wait to get in so get a referral a.s.a.p. The nurses there are also happy to talk to you prior to your appointment. I rang them just to make sure I was on the right track going through them. Ring them up and discuss your situation and what you are hoping for from them and they will advise whether they can help or not.

    Hope this helps you decide. I am very happy I chose to contact them
  • nicmaree
    nicmaree Member Posts: 28
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    @Blossom1961 what is the name of the tablets? They sound like a godsend! Will definitely look into it. 
  • Blossom1961
    Blossom1961 Member Posts: 2,394
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    Hi @nicmaree I just commented on the other post. Citalopram 10mg.