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What herbal medicine can be taken in place of femara (letrozole) for cancer treatment?

What herbal medicine can be taken in place of femara (letrozole) for cancer treatment?

Forgive my frankness: If you actually have cancer, then you deserve to have the most effective treatment made available to you. Your physician is under super-strict obligation by the law to tell you the truth, while supplement / "herbal" websites are for the most part deliberately created to deceive you. If you respect your own body or care about those who love you, make your decision on accurate information. ...Read more

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Dr. Barry Rosen
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How good is the cancer drug femara (letrozole)?

How good is the cancer drug femara (letrozole)?

A good drug: It is used to prevent recurrence of breast cancer after surgery. It also is an effective treatment for hormone receptor positive recurrent breast cancer. ...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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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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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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My son is 14yrs short stature (xray bone age 16) endrocrinologist suggested femara (letrozole) to stop bone plates from closing entirely. Is this treatment safe?

My son is 14yrs short stature (xray bone age 16) endrocrinologist suggested femara (letrozole) to stop bone plates from closing entirely. Is this treatment  safe?

Unknown : Aromatase inhibitors to keep growth plates open at bone age of 16 isn't worth potential risks considering growth plates nearly fused. Vertebral bone defects and questionable effects on fertility are only two of many questions not answered yet. No long term safety data exist. At this time aromatase inhibition to ? ht is considered experimental by the pediatric endocrine society. ...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.?

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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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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Dr. Michael Thompson
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