Hormonal Therapy for Breast Cancer
Who Can Benefit from Hormonal Therapy
Methods of Hormonal Therapy
- Blocking the function of hormones; done with drugs
- Suppressing hormone production in the ovaries, which is called ovarian ablation; this can be done with drugs, radiation, or with surgery
- Suppressing the production of hormones outside of the ovary by other tissues; done with drugs
- Letrozole (Femara)
- Anastrozole (Arimidex)
- Exemestane (Aromasin)
- Blood clots
- Endometrial changes, such as hyperplasia
- Endometrial or uterine cancer
- Hot flashes
- Decreased sexual desire
- Weight gain
- Swelling and tenderness of the breasts
- Bone pain
Hormonal Therapy for the Prevention of Breast Cancer
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center http://www.mskcc.org
National Cancer Institute http://www.nci.nih.gov/
Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation http://www.komen.org
Early Breast Cancer Trialists’ Collaborative Group. Ovarian ablation in early breast cancer: overview of the randomised trials. Lancet. 1996;348:1189-1196.
Harris JR, Lippman ME, Morrow M, Osborne CK. Diseases of the Breast . Philadelphia: Lippincott Williams and Wilkins; 1999.
- Reviewer: Mohei Abouzied, MD
- Review Date: 09/2009 -
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