What is breast cancer?

Breast cancer? If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with breast cancer, it is important to understand some basic facts: What is breast cancer and how does it happen? In this section, you can learn how breast cancer develops, how many people have the condition, and what factors may increase the risk of…

Hormone Therapy: What to Expect

What to Expect from Hormonal Therapy There are three different types of medications indicated for hormone therapy: Aromatase inhibitors: Arimidex (generic name: anastrozole) Aromasin (generic name: exemestano) Femara (generic name: letrozole) Selective estrogen receptor modulators (MSRE): Tamoxifen Evista (generic name: raloxifene) Fareston (generic name: toremifeno) estrogen receptor antagonists (ERAs): Faslodex (generic name: fulvestrant) Hormone therapy…

Selective estrogen receptor modulators (MSRE)

Estrogen receptors (MSRE) Aromatase inhibitors stop estrogen production in postmenopausal women. Aromatase inhibitors block the enzyme aromatase, which converts androgen into small concentrations of estrogen in the body. This means there is less estrogen available to stimulate the multiplication of hormone receptor-positive breast cancer cells. Aromatase inhibitors cannot prevent the ovaries from producing estrogen, so…

Aromatase Inhibitors

What are Aromatase Inhibitors? Aromatase inhibitors stop estrogen production in postmenopausal women. Aromatase inhibitors block the enzyme aromatase, which converts androgen into small concentrations of estrogen in the body. This means there is less estrogen available to stimulate the multiplication of hormone receptor-positive breast cancer cells. Aromatase inhibitors cannot prevent the ovaries from producing estrogen,…

Is hormone therapy the right choice for you

Hormone therapy the right choice for you? Hormone therapy is used to reduce the risk of recurrence of hormone receptor-positive breast cancer early after surgery, or to treat advanced or metastatic hormone receptor-positive breast cancer. It can be used in premenopausal and postmenopausal women and men. Hormone therapy is not effective in treating hormone receptor-negative…

What is Hormone Therapy

Hormone therapy Hormone therapy drugs are a whole-body (systemic) treatment for hormone receptor-positive breast cancer. Hormone receptors are like ears of breast cells that listen for hormone signals. These signals “turn on” the growth in cells that have receptors. Most cases of breast cancer are hormone-positive receptors. About 80% of cases are estrogen receptor-positive. About…

Why are there so many types of breast cancer treatment?

Types of treatment for breast cancer To treat breast cancer and get favorable results, the cancer must be removed or controlled over a long period of time. But because the tumor is made up of a variety of cancer cell types, different kinds of treatment are needed to kill all of these cells. A treatment…

How to interpret a second opinion

How to interpret a second opinion of breast cancer In general, the second opinion serves one of the following three purposes: Confirm the first opinion. This can give you a lot of peace of mind and increase your confidence in the original diagnosis and treatment plan. Provide more information about breast cancer or additional treatment…

The Second Opinion Process: What You Can Expect

What Can I Expect in a Second Opinion on Breast Cancer Additional Recommendations for Breast Cancer: While the process of seeking a second opinion may vary from office to office and hospital to hospital, you may need to take the time to send all your records and test results to the second doctor. You can…

How to decide where to seek a second opinion

How to decide where to seek a second opinion breast cancer Tips for finding a breast cancer specialist: After talking to your doctor, the next step is to find a doctor or doctors who can study your case and offer a second opinion. The best thing you can do is find a breast cancer specialist…

How to search for a second opinion

Breast Cancer Second Opinion If you’re uncomfortable asking your doctor about a second opinion, you’re not alone: many patients feel that way. You may be afraid of offending the doctor and damaging a relationship that is just starting. After all, he is the best person to help you in this time of crisis. So it’s…