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Ep 74 - Why Would a Menopause Specialist Who Had Breast Cancer Take HRT?
Episode 7429th November 2023 • The Menopause and Cancer Podcast • Dani Binnington
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I am pleased to invite Dr. Corinne Menn to the show today. Dr, Menn is a certified gynaecologist, a North American Menopause Society certified menopause specialist and a breast cancer survivor herself who decided to take HRT. Dr. Menn shares her struggles of survivorship with us, talks us through her decision-making processes of over 20 years of being a cancer survivor and she tackles this controversial topic with us.

We talk about: 

Dr. Menn’s personal journey of being diagnosed with breast cancer as a young medical student.

Why tamoxifen is not a hormone blocker.

Having a drug break to try for a baby.

The different experiences of being on endocrine treatment. 

Why we don’t always make decisions based on facts alone.

Why she decided that HRT was worth a try.

You can find Dr. Corinne Menn here. Or here on her Instagram. 

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Episode Highlights:

[07:35] Dr Menn paused endocrine therapy.

[13:45] Tamoxifen blocks receptor stimulation, which has multiple effects.

[29:15] We should focus on science, evidence; concern for survivors.

[35:16] Lack of communication on treatment side effects is unacceptable.

[51:14] Get informed about your breast cancer treatment.

[55:57] Breast cancer survivors deserve informed decision-making.

About Dani:

The Menopause and Cancer Podcast is hosted by Dani Binnington, menopause guide, patients advocate for people in menopause after a cancer diagnosis, and founder of the online platform Healthy Whole Me. 

There is lots of information out there about the menopause but hardly any if you have had a cancer diagnosis as well. Many people say to me they have no idea what their options are, who to ask for help, and that they feel really isolated in their experiences. 

I started this podcast because there was nothing out there when I was thrown into surgical menopause at the age of 39, which followed on from my cancer diagnosis aged 33.

Through the episodes, I want to create more awareness, share information from our fabulous guest experts, doctors and other specialists in the cancer and menopause field. 

And of course, I will share stories from the people in our community.

So that together we can work towards a better menopause experience. For all of us.

More educated, better informed and less alone.

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