Side Effects and Hormone Receptor-Positive Breast Cancer

All treatments for breast cancer can cause side effects, but they vary from person to person. In treatments for hormone receptorinfo-icon-positive breast cancer, we don’t know why some experience difficult side effects while others have mild or no problems.

You may hear that having certain side effects shows the treatment is working. That doesn’t mean you must have problems to have a good result. Even if you have no side effects, the treatment could be working well.

It is always tempting to compare our experiences to those of others. Remember, just because someone else had side effects on the therapyinfo-icon your doctor recommends for you doesn’t mean you will have the same troubles.

Prepare yourself for side effects by learning about them. Knowing what you might encounter helps you note symptoms quickly, so you can promptly tell your healthcare team. By getting help, you may have a better day-to-day life.

In this section, learn more about common some side effects connected to treatments for hormone receptor-positive breast cancer:

You can also access information about some less common side effects connected to hormone receptor-positive breast cancer treatments, such as:

If you are also receiving chemotherapy or HER2-targeting therapy, you may also have side effects from those medicines.

May 4, 2018
Reviewed By: 
Harold Burstein;  
PhD; M. Tish Knobf;  
AOCN; Ann H. Partridge;  
MPH; Betty Harris;  
WHNP; Katharine Campbell;  
LCSW; Besty G. Clark;