Womens HealthInfo Center
Fertility Concerns for Breast Cancer Rx
Young breast cancer patients commonly have fertility concerns, and those concerns may affect their decisions about treatment.
Cancer Preventive Rx Too Risky for Most
Women who are at high risk of developing breast cancer may be prescribed risk-reducing medications. Because some of these medicines have serious side effects, recommendations regarding who should take them have changed.
Breast Cancer Survivors Battling Brittle Bones
Breast cancer survivors can have ongoing health challenges after they’ve beaten "The Big C." Many are on medications that block estrogen, the hormone that drives most breast cancers. These medicines also increase the risk of osteoporosis (brittle bones) and increase the risk of fractures.
Tamoxifen Benefits BRCA Carriers Too
Breast cancer survivors are often prescribed medication after their initial therapy. These medicines reduce the level of estrogen, the hormone that drives most breast cancers. It’s not known, though, if women with BRCA gene mutations benefit from these medications.
Which Cancer Survivors Need to Keep Blocking
Medications that block estrogen can be life savers for some breast cancer survivors. But does this approach help all breast cancer survivors?
Personalized Breast Cancer Prevention
The genetic make-up of a cancer can be critical information for treating the disease. Some medications are designed to zero in on specific genetic defects to treat the cancer. Could this info be used before the cancer forms?
Living Longer with HER2+ Breast Cancer
HER2-positive breast cancers are more aggressive forms of breast cancer. These tumors contain a protein that promotes cancer cell growth. HER2-positive breast cancers can also be driven by the hormone estrogen.
Medications Do More Than Prevent Breast Cancer
If you knew of a pill that was proven to reduce your breast cancer risks, would you take it? What if that same medication upped your chances of developing another type of cancer – would you still take it?
Coffee May Reduce Return of Breast Cancer
If you’ve had breast cancer and love drinking coffee, you’ll want to read on. One of the world’s favorite beverages may have benefits you’ll want to take note of.
1 in 4 Women Skips Breast Cancer Therapy
The majority of breast cancers are fed by the hormones estrogen and progesterone. That’s why women with hormone-sensitive breast cancer are prescribed medicines to block these hormones. But a good portion of women may be skipping the therapy.