Ovarian suppression

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Ovarian suppression is surgery, radiation therapy or medicine that is used in premenopausal women to stop the ovaries from working.

Many women are diagnosed with breast cancer that is hormone receptor-positive, meaning it grows because of the hormones estrogen, progesterone, or both.

Ovarian suppression stops the ovaries from producing these hormones. When paired with a hormonal therapy medicine called an aromatase inhibitor, it can significantly lower a woman’s risk of breast cancer recurrence.

Look below for more information from LBBC about ovarian suppression.

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Reviewed and updated: November 5, 2019


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