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Who takes arimidex (anastrozole) for breast cancer?

Who takes arimidex (anastrozole) for breast cancer?

Post menopausal ER+: Women who are post-menopausal and have estrogen receptor positive breast cancer. ...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


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How effective is anastrozole (Arimidex) for treating breast cancer?

How effective is anastrozole (Arimidex) for treating breast cancer?

Good: it is a very good drug in preventing breast cancer relapse in patients who have had their breast tumors removed. prevents estrogen stimulation in patients with estrogen receptor positive breast cancer. ...Read more

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What is the best med. for insomnia. On arimidex (anastrozole) for breast cancer and can't sleep. ?

What is the best med. for insomnia. On arimidex (anastrozole) for breast cancer and can't sleep.
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Sleep hygiene: Avoid coffee after 12noon, excercise daily,avoid day time naps, try lighted rooms during the day or outdoors, sleep in rooms that have no lights. Get up if after 30 minutes you can not sleep. If all that fell medications like Melatonin has less side effects. Other meds include Trazdone, Ambien (zolpidem) ...Read more

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What should I do to prevent bone loss from taking arimidex (anastrozole) after breast cancer diagnosis?

What should I do to prevent bone loss from taking arimidex (anastrozole) after breast cancer diagnosis?

Calcium and vit D: Consider a dexa scan to measure bone density. If your density is low a bisphosphonate type medication can be helpful. This should be a standard conversation for your medical oncologist to have with you. ...Read more

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Is weight gain associated with arimidex (anastrozole)? I am a breast cancer patient &will on the drug.

Is weight gain associated with arimidex (anastrozole)? I am a breast cancer patient &will on the drug.

Yes, but minimal: There has been some reported weight gain with endocrine therapy. This emphasizes the importance of exercise in the breast cancer 'survivor' population. 20 minutes of purposeful exercise, three days per week will decrease recurrence rates. Wait control, a healthy diet and alcohol in moderation are patient controllable factors related to survival. ...Read more

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What can be done for breast cancer besides arimidex (anastrozole)?

What can be done for breast cancer besides arimidex (anastrozole)?

Chemo surgery radiat: Arimidex (anastrozole) is just one of the ways that we treat breast cancer. Surgery is the mainstay for most breast cancer patients - often followed by radiation therapy. We call these local therapies because they treat the breast and surrounding areas. Chemotherapy and endocrine therapy treat the whole body. Arimidex (anastrozole) is one form of endocrine therapy - essentially designed to starve the tumor of estrogen. ...Read more

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My sister has breast cancer and is on arimidex (anastrozole). Is that all she will need?

My sister has breast cancer and is on arimidex (anastrozole). Is that all she will need?

Breast cancer: I presume your sister has seen a reputable breast cancer specialist and undergone all routine work-up necessary to arrive at her diagnosis like ultasound/mri, biopsy, brca typing, etc. Reports from a monumental 5-year study of women with breast cancer has provided alternate recommendations. Granted all the above were done, your sister should do well on arimidex (anastrozole). ...Read more

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Would someone who has finished treatments for breast cancer be okay if they stopped taking arimidex (anastrozole) anestrozol?

Would someone who has finished treatments for breast cancer be okay if they stopped taking arimidex (anastrozole) anestrozol?

Still treatment: Please recognize that Arimidex (anastrozole) is a part of your treatment regimen.It is as important as your other treatments in that it can decrease the chance of the cancer returning. Speak with you oncologist if you are having unbearable side effects, they can switch you to another medication. ...Read more

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Is arimidex (anastrozole) when given as prevention of recurrence of breast cancer only used with estrogen receptive cancer?

Yes*: Arimidex (anastrozole) belongs to a category of drugs called aromatase inhibitors. These are effective chemotherapeutic agents for people with either estrogen-sensitive or *progesterone-sensitive breast cancers. This is only effective after menopause; premenopausal women may use tamoxifen for a similar response rate. ...Read more

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

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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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My mother had a breast cancer surgery 3 months ago and is now taking arimidex (anastrozole). She has lost about 2kg of weight. Any problems?

My mother had a breast cancer surgery 3 months ago and is now taking arimidex (anastrozole). She has lost about 2kg of weight. Any problems?

Not yet: If it continues it would be a problem. Your mom has been through a lot and her appetite is probably not normal. She should keep an eye on it and make sure her doctor is aware of her weight. ...Read more

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I had breast cancer and developed severe osteoporosis whilst on arimidex/ooph, now on strontium ranelate. Is evista (raloxifene) a safer med or are they similar?

I had breast cancer and developed severe osteoporosis whilst on arimidex/ooph, now on strontium ranelate.  Is evista (raloxifene) a safer med or are they similar?

Evista (raloxifene) is safe : Evista is a good medicine to prevent osteoporosis. Since you already have osteoporisis , for you the best medicine would be one of the bisphosphonates(there are several to choose from). Examaples include zoledronic acid(zoedronate), Fosamax and boniva (ibandronate). ...Read more

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Symptoms of breast cancer?

Symptoms of breast cancer?

Maybe none: Early breast cancer has no signs or symptoms. Breast cancer may later present as a painless firm breast lump. Rarely changes in color of the skin, sometimes nipple will get retracted or breast skin pulled inward. Best is to have yearly physical examination and mammogram after age 40 before these symptoms occur. Any breast lump, painful or not, should be examined by your doctor. ...Read more

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Symptoms of breast cancer?

A lump in the breast: This is how most women discover their breast cancer. However most such lumps turn out to be benign. If you do monthly breast self exam, you will be able to tell if you have any new lumps. They are often painless and grow in size if left unattended for more then 1 or 2 months. The tumor can also spread outside of the breast if not treated. Promptly. ...Read more

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Can I inherit breast cancer?

Not directly: Breast cancer is not directly passed from parent to child. However, an increased risk of developing breast cancer can be inherited. Mutations in the genes brca1 and brca2 increase your chance of developing breast cancer. You are not 100% guaranteed to get breast cancer if you inherit these genes, but the risk can be as high as 85%. ...Read more

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Is breast cancer hereditary?

Sometimes.: It is estimated that 10-15% of all breast cancer cases in the us occur due to hereditary factors. This risk may be identified by doing a simple blood test to check for brca mutations. We generally advise testing family members with known breast cancers first before checking unaffected family. ...Read more

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Dr. Mark Hoepfner
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Breast Carcinoma (Definition)

Most breast cancers are carcinomas. This is a type of breast cancer. These cancers start in the cells that line organs and tissues. In fact, breast cancers are often a type of carcinoma called adenocarcinoma, which starts in cells that make glands (glandular tissue). Breast adenocarcinomas start in the ducts (the milk ducts) or ...Read more


Dr. Barry Rosen
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Breast Cancer (Definition)

A condition in which cells lining the inside of the breast grow ...Read more