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How breast cancer patients experience hormone therapy

https://www.facingourrisk.org/XRAY/breast-cancer-patients-experience-hormone-therapy
Full article: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7430212/

Side effects from hormone therapy are a common reason that many men and women with hormone receptor-positive breast cancer stop treatment early. Some people never start hormone therapy. This study asked patients about their experiences with hormone (or endocrine) therapy. The results suggest that there may be ways to improve the number of patients who stick with therapy. Patients need better ways to manage hormone therapy-related side effects. (1/19/21)

Expert Guidelines

The National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) is a national panel of experts that creates guidelines for cancer treatment. NCCN recommends the following for patients diagnosed with hormone receptor-positive breast cancer:

For women:

For men:

The NCCN also recommends that patients keep a copy of all their test results and medications that they currently take or have taken in the past. (Online patient portals are a great way to access test results and prescribed medications.) Having this information available can come in handy, especially if a second opinion is necessary.

The American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) is a professional organization representing physicians of all oncology subspecialties who care for people with cancer. ASCO’s updated 2019 guidelines on hormone therapy for breast cancer treatment include:

Questions To Ask Your Health Care Provider

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About FORCE

FORCE is a national nonprofit organization, established in 1999. Our mission is to improve the lives of individuals and families affected by adult hereditary cancers.