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Guide to Understanding Hormonal Therapy

Learn about medicines and methods to treat hormone-sensitive breast cancer, and get practical tips for managing side effects

1st ed., 2012

Written By Janine E. Guglielmino, MA, Senior Director, Programs and Partnerships & Robin Warshaw, Contributing Writer
Reviewed By Katharine Campbell, PhD, LCSW, Betsy G. Clark, MSW, LCSW, Betty Harris, RN, MSN, WHNP, M. Tish Knobf, PhD, RN, FAAN, AOCN, Ann H. Partridge, MD, MPH & Edith A. Perez, MD

Living Beyond Breast Cancer’s Guide to Understanding Hormonal Therapy explores medical and surgical options for early-stage breast cancer. Learn about the role of hormones in the body and in the development of estrogen receptor-positive breast cancer. Find out how different hormonal therapies work to decrease your risk for recurrence.

Understand how your menopausal status impacts your treatment choices, and learn more about tamoxifen, aromatase inhibitors, and ovarian ablation and suppression. Get tips on making hormonal therapy part of your routine and asking questions of your doctors. Find answers to questions like:

  • When does hormonal therapy start?
  • How long will I take hormonal therapy?
  • Which hormonal therapies should I use?

Equally important, find out more about side effects of hormonal therapy, which may include bone and joint aches, bone health problems, insomnia and fatigue, sexual health concerns, menopausal symptoms and more. LBBC volunteers provide practical tips and advice so you can get the most from your treatment while continuing to enjoy your day-to-day life.

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