Are more men with breast cancer opting for prophylactic mastectomy?

Recent headlines describe the rise in prophylactic double mastectomy for men with breast cancer. We looked at the research to see how many men are choosing this option and what it means for men with breast cancer. (10/6/15)

Expert Guidelines

The National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) has a panel of experts who address male breast cancer in their breast cancer treatment guidelines. 

For ER receptor-positive cancers, hormone therapy options include tamoxifen or a GnRH analog plus an aromatase inhibitor. Aromatase inhibitors used alone (without a GnRH analog medication) have resulted in worse outcomes than tamoxifen alone in men. Men who receive GnRH analogs and aromatase inhibitors should have their bone density checked. 

Questions To Ask Your Health Care Provider


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