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Are there people who should not take femara (letrozole) for breast cancer?

Are there people who should not take femara (letrozole) for breast cancer?

Premenopausal women: This is an aromatase inhibitor. This class of drugs is not effective for premenopausal women. It is used in the adjuvant setting and occasionally for metastasis. ...Read more

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Dr. Barry Rosen
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Breast Cancer (Female) (Definition)

Breast cancer results when glandular cells lining the milk ducts and lobules of the human breast begin to grow in an unregulated manner. The growth occurs initially inside the ducts but eventually breaks outside into the breast tissue and ultimately spreads both to the lymph nodes in the armpit and via the bloodstream to other parts of the body. Because of the promoting affect of estrogen almost all breast cancer occurs in women and is a rarity in men. The unregulated growth is due to both inherited and acquired genetic defects. It is the most common malignancy in women but it often curable if found early and treated effectively with surgery, hormonal therapy, chemotherapy and targeted therapy, or a combination thereof. Early detection before the malignancy becomes large enough to be felt depends on mammography/sonography and MRI imaging of the breast on an annual basis. ...Read more


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What should a person with breast cancer IV take after tamoxifen and aromasin. Arimidex femara or faslodex (fulvestrant)?

What should a person with breast cancer IV take after tamoxifen and aromasin. Arimidex femara or faslodex (fulvestrant)?

Treatment options: For stage IV breast cancer- if the cancer progressed after tamoxifen and aromasin- depending on several factors such as how much cancer burder, involvement to visceral organs, overall condition etc- the options would be- faslodex; combination of Aromasin (exemestane) and evorilimus ( based on recent randomized clinical trial) or chemotherapy. Discuss further with your oncologist- which one for your case. ...Read more

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Can i take phentermine to lose weight while taking femara (letrozole) after surgery for breast cancer?

Can i take phentermine to lose weight while taking femara (letrozole) after surgery for breast cancer?

Ask your oncologist: Letroaole (femara) is an aramatase inhibitor blocks estrogen production , may gain , Phentermine has amphetamine like effects , has several side effects , may inter react with Femara (letrozole) , only your doctor can advise its use. ...Read more

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How effective is letrozole (Femara) for treating breast cancer?

How effective is letrozole (Femara) for treating breast cancer?

Variable: Depends on 1) whether the tumor is estrogen receptor positive, 2) stage of the cancer. If metastatic, it works better for bone and soft tissue metastases and not very well for liver and lung metastasizes. Often used as an adjuvant treatment after surgery and often with radiotherapy ...Read more

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What is the percentage of her2 breast cancer recurring if I stop taking femara (letrozole) which I have been on for 2 1?

What is the percentage of her2 breast cancer recurring if I stop taking femara (letrozole) which I have been on for 2 1?

Talk to your onc: Your oncologist would be the best one to answer this question. It's not a good idea to stop taking med without a discussion with the prescribing physician, especially when cancer is involved. ...Read more

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What is the percentage of her2 breast cancer recurring after 3 years with 2 1/2 years on femara (letrozole). I want to stop the femara (letrozole) due to the side effects.?

Hard to say: Hard to say without more details. You are lucky in a way to have a tumor that. Can be attacked with chemo, herceptin, (trastuzumab) and hormone blockade. Not all patients tolerate femara. There are other ai drugs and other options. Talk to your oncologist for options. ...Read more

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After taking evista (raloxifene) for 5 years for osteoperosis, breast cancer developed. Is femara the best choice now?

After taking evista (raloxifene) for 5 years for osteoperosis, breast cancer developed. Is femara the best choice now?

No: In a 29 year old, no. This drug is also used for infertility. It should not be used in premenopausal women. Tamoxifen should be the drug of choice. But obviously, the tumor should be analyzed to see if chemotherapy is necessary or not. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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Can femara (letrozole) (used for breast cancer) have gum bleeding as a side effect ?

Can femara (letrozole) (used for breast cancer) have gum bleeding as a side effect ?

Controllable w-floss: So vascularized with blood vessels, gums look pink to red. Hormones and medications can make them "hyper-reactive" to plaque setting off an immune response that includes bleeding. Additionally, meds that cause dry mouth can increase plaque levels by reducing the self cleansing (plaque diluting) action of saliva. Try flossing, accurately and carefully twice a day. Skipping a single day =bleed. ...Read more

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Hormone sensitive breast cancer 7 yrs ago; 3 small spots w breast cancer cells in lungs just showed; now using femara; should I stop using astaxanthin?

Hormone sensitive breast cancer 7 yrs ago; 3 small spots w breast cancer cells in lungs just showed; now using femara; should I stop using astaxanthin?

Astaxanthin: I will recommend stopping astaxanthin which is a carotenoid but also a potent antioxidant. How Femara (letrozole) or Letrozole interacts with this compound and because of the super radical and antioxidant effects it can potentially make Femara (letrozole) less effective is possible. There is no proven benefit of this in breast cancer. Hopefully this helps. ...Read more

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Dr. Barry Rosen
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Cancer (Definition)

Cancer is a group of diseases that is characterized by uncontrolled cell growth leading to invasion of surrounding tissues that spread to other parts of the body. Cancer can begin anywhere in the body and is usually related to one or more genetic mutations that allow normal cells to become malignant by interfering with internal cellular control mechanisms, such as programmed cell death or by preventing ...Read more


Dr. Mark Hoepfner
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Breast Carcinoma (Definition)

Breast carcinoma is a type of cancer where this uncontrolled growth of breast cells. Symptoms can include breast lumps, pain, and weight ...Read more