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Hormonal effects of chemotherapy for breast cancer?

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Dr. Barry Rosen
General Surgery 34 years experience
Please clarify.: It is unclear from your question what you are asking. Most breast cancers are estrogen-sensitive and can be treated with anti-estrogen medication (tamoxifen, aromatase inhibitors). Many women who are peri menopausal when receiving traditional chemotherapy develop ovarian suppression from the chemo and effectively "go into" menopause. I hope this helps.

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A 34-year-old member asked:

What are some of the hormonal influences on breast cancer?

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Dr. Raja Mudad
Medical Oncology 32 years experience
Major: Breast cancer is a hormone sensitive cancer. Anyone diagnosed with breast cancer should avoid taking any Estrogens or progestins as this may cause the tumor to grow. That includes natural products that claim to contain Estrogens (like soy derivatives).
A 40-year-old member asked:

Does chemotherapy work for breast cancer?

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Dr. Greg Pahnke
Surgical Oncology 44 years experience
Yes: Different regimens for different cancers-that vary with the cancer's hormonal and genetic make - up. - added time of treatment if lymph nodes positive. The biggest breakthrough is with designer targeted drugs eg. Herceptin (trastuzumab) aimed at its target her 2 oncogene on selective cancers-- that has a great added response when given with chemotherapy.

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