Hormone therapy is prescribed by a medical oncologist for women and men diagnosed with hormone receptor-positive breast cancer. It is prescribed to slow or stop the growth of hormone-sensitive tumors by blocking the body’s ability to produce hormones or by interfering with hormone action. When taken by women and men with early-stage breast cancers, it helps reduce the risk of getting a recurrence of the original breast cancer or getting a new primary breast cancer. Tamoxifen is a drug used to treat ER-positive early-stage breast cancer in premenopausal and postmenopausal women as well as in men. Tamoxifen is approved by the FDA and has been in wide use for over 30 years. Aromatase Inhibitors (AIs) are a class of drugs used in the treatment of breast cancer in postmenopausal women and gynecomastia in men. They include Anastrozole (Arimidex), Letrozole (Femara), and Exemestane (Aromasin).. You may have spotted headlines today claiming that women’s ‘failure’ to take the drug tamoxifen is costing ‘hundreds of lives every year’ in deaths from breast cancer. The headlines come from research published in the British Journal of Cancer, funded by Breast Cancer Campaign. The researchers, based in Glasgow, looked at the medical records of 1263 breast cancer patients, to see how many completed their prescribed course of tamoxifen. The authors found that nearly four out of 10 women on the study completed less than 80 per cent of their prescription. Among women whose cancer came back, such ‘low adherers’ tended to have their cancer come back sooner. The authors, who also looked at a range of other data on the women, calculated that if all of them were to have completed their prescription it would save several hundred lives, and save the NHS around £30 million. Are we to ‘blame’ women – as the tone of some news reports implied – for costing the NHS money by their ‘failure’ to take the drug? Or is it, as so often the case, a bit more complicated than that?
Call your doctor right away if you have signs of a blood clot like chest pain or. If it is close to the time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to. Back pain; belching; body aches or pain; bone pain; congestion; depression; difficulty in moving; dryness of the throat; hair loss or thinning of hair; heartburn.