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Treatments for Secondary Breast Cancer

Source: http://www.breastcancercare.org.uk/breast-cancer-breast-health/secondary...
Hormone therapy
Hormone therapy is offered in instances where your breast cancer is hormone positive. This means that your cancer has receptors within the cell surface that the normal female hormone, oestrogen, latches on to. The hormones stimulate the growth of the cancer.
If your breast cancer has no hormone receptors, hormone therapy will not work for you.
Drugs used as hormone therapy treatment:
• Tamoxifen
• Arimidex (anastrozole)

Some Oestrogen-Negative Breast Cancer Patients May Benefit From Prostate Cancer Therapy

Article Date: 24 Jun 2011 - 9:00 PDT
Cancer Research UK scientists have discovered why a sub group of oestrogen-receptor-negative breast cancer patients could benefit from prostate cancer treatments which target the cell's androgen receptor - a key driver of prostate cancer, according to research published in The EMBO Journal today.

Side Effects of Tamoxifen

Date: 30 Dec 2009
Source: http://www.breastcancercare.org.uk/breast-cancer-breast-health/treatment...
Common side effects
• Hot flushes.
• Night sweats.
• Vaginal dryness or irritation.
• Loss of sex drive.
If you are experiencing menopausal-like side effects such as hot flushes, night sweats or vaginal dryness then you may find it helpful to read our information about managing menopausal symptoms.
• Indigestion or mild nausea (this will usually improve with time).
• Periods become irregular or lighter.

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