Taking HRT after breast cancer with the BBC's Kirsty Lang
Kirsty Lang is a BBC Radio broadcaster and freelance journalist. In 2016 she was diagnosed with early stage breast cancer. She was 53 and had been on HRT for three years after suffering from frequent hot flushes, mood swings, weight gain, night sweats and insomnia. The moment she was diagnosed, the surgeon advised her to cease HRT.
In the two years that followed, Kirsty’s menopausal symptoms returned with a vengeance.
She had survived breast cancer but at a huge cost to the quality of her life.
After attending a lecture given by the eminent American oncologist Dr Avrum Bluming, Kirsty went back to her surgeon and oncologist and persuaded them she should resume HRT while continuing to take Tamoxifen, a drug which blocks the hormone receptors on cancer cells.
We spoke to Kirsty about her experiences with breast cancer and how she arrived at her decision to resume taking HRT for her menopause symptoms:
Watch the full interview here:
In Kirsty’s own words: "Part of it is having the courage to take the decision yourself... about what's right for you and what makes you feel better.
For me, I felt my life was too miserable off HRT, and you know what, I just felt deep inside that it wasn't doing me any good [not taking HRT].”
Our interview with Kirsty was part of our series of talks for Menopause Awareness Month and Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
Choosing HRT after cancer - a doctor’s first-hand perspective. Doctor Tina Peers shares her story about being diagnosed with breast cancer and then choosing to take HR. (please note this is currently only available to watch on Instagram).
Royal Society Conference on Breast Cancer organised by The Latte Lounge Pink Ribbon and Europa Donna - presentations on breast cancer, menopause, HRT and mammograms, chaired by Kirsty Lang, featuring Dr Avrum Bluming, Katie Taylor & her father Professor Michael Baum, Dr Louise Newson, Diane Danzebrink and more. All the videos are available here.
Are you considering if HRT in the UK is the right choice for you? With numerous treatment options available for the perimenopause and menopause, it can be overwhelming to know where to start.
Read our guide on Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT), a treatment that can help to alleviate menopause symptoms and improve your overall quality of life.
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Katie is the CEO and founder of The Latte Lounge which she created after suffering with undiagnosed perimenopausal symptoms for many years, which she struggled to find any relevant support for, both on and offline.
Every day Katie and the team hear from, and help, hundreds of women who come to The Latte Lounge for support, information and signposting for all their (and their families) health and wellbeing issues.
Her passion and commitment to supporting and challenging women's health inequalities stems from a desire to carry the baton of her fathers work in the field of breast cancer, and in memory of his mother (her grandmother) who tragically lost her life at a very young age to this cruel disease.
Previously Katie worked in PR, marketing, fundraising and event organising for a variety of charities, helping children and adults with learning disabilities, seriously ill children and teenagers in hospital, as well as supporting adults with mental health problems.