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Why do we give antiestrogen drugs to those who have breast cancer ?

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Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology
2 doctors agree

In brief: Cancer needs estroge

Some breast cancer need estrogen to grow and their growth can be retarded by anti-estrogenic drugs.

In brief: Cancer needs estroge

Some breast cancer need estrogen to grow and their growth can be retarded by anti-estrogenic drugs.
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
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Dr. Andrew Turrisi
Radiation Oncology

In brief: Tumor cell

Receptors: are not on all tumors, and are checked for estrogen (er); Progesterone (pr) and now her-2-neu.
If er and pr +, anti-estrogens are of some benefit. They cause tumor cells to stop dividing, and tumors to shrink. They are variable in ductal cancers, but very commonly positive in lobular carcinoma.

In brief: Tumor cell

Receptors: are not on all tumors, and are checked for estrogen (er); Progesterone (pr) and now her-2-neu.
If er and pr +, anti-estrogens are of some benefit. They cause tumor cells to stop dividing, and tumors to shrink. They are variable in ductal cancers, but very commonly positive in lobular carcinoma.
Dr. Andrew Turrisi
Dr. Andrew Turrisi
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