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Breast Cancer: Post Treatment: 6 Months Plus: Medical Care

Consider Hormonal Therapies

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If your tumor was estrogen-receptor-positive, it is likely that your cancer doctor will recommend that you start hormonal therapy.

Hormonal therapies are systemic treatments. They treat the whole body. For women who are estrogen-receptor-positive, estrogen stimulates the growth of cancer cells. Hormonal therapies aim to reduce or eliminate the possibility that estrogen will gain access to any cancer cells.

Tamoxifen has historically been the most commonly prescribed hormonal therapy but there are other treatments to consider. Discuss the pros and cons of each treatment with your cancer doctor. He or she will alert you to side effects to watch for and tips for coping with each.

To learn more about hormone therapies, see the American Cancer Society offsite link.

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