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Is raloxefene the only breast cancer treatment that helps the bones against osteoporosis and does it build new bone, & prevent hip and spine fractures?

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In brief: One of it

Evista (raloxifene) or Raloxifene is a selective estrogen modulating drug , used in post menopausal breast cancers, is slightly better than tomaxifen in certain aspects, like reducing osteoporoses, reduce the incidence of fractures, has to be used with caution , in presence of vascular , renal & heart diseases may cause lethal thromboembolism. Speak to your oncologist.

In brief: One of it

Evista (raloxifene) or Raloxifene is a selective estrogen modulating drug , used in post menopausal breast cancers, is slightly better than tomaxifen in certain aspects, like reducing osteoporoses, reduce the incidence of fractures, has to be used with caution , in presence of vascular , renal & heart diseases may cause lethal thromboembolism. Speak to your oncologist.
Dr. Addagada Rao
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Dr. Eric Brown
Breast Surgery
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In brief: Not for cancer

Ralox. Is for high risk patients, not a cancer treatment.
With hormone (endocrine) treatment for breast cancer, bone density should be monitored. Calcium and vitamin d, as well as sunshine, help build strong bones.

In brief: Not for cancer

Ralox. Is for high risk patients, not a cancer treatment.
With hormone (endocrine) treatment for breast cancer, bone density should be monitored. Calcium and vitamin d, as well as sunshine, help build strong bones.
Dr. Eric Brown
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Emily Lu
Family Medicine

In brief: 1) No

No, Raloxifene is not the only drug in its class.
Another example of a drug with similar efficacy is arzoxifene. They all work the same and have the same side effects. Yes, Raloxifene seems to increase bone mineral density and prevent spinal fractures (there isn't enough data to say on hip fractures, however). Tamoxifen is the oldest drug in this class and has similar effects on bone.

In brief: 1) No

No, Raloxifene is not the only drug in its class.
Another example of a drug with similar efficacy is arzoxifene. They all work the same and have the same side effects. Yes, Raloxifene seems to increase bone mineral density and prevent spinal fractures (there isn't enough data to say on hip fractures, however). Tamoxifen is the oldest drug in this class and has similar effects on bone.
Emily Lu
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