Guide to Understanding Hormonal Therapy

2015, 2nd Edition
By: 
Janine E. Guglielmino, MA, Senior Director, Programs and Partnerships & Robin Warshaw, Contributing Writer

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

Understand how your menopausal status impacts your treatment choices, and learn more about tamoxifeninfo-icon, aromatase inhibitors, and ovarian ablationinfo-icon 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, insomniainfo-icon and fatigueinfo-icon, 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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