Side Effects of Hormonal Breast Cancer Therapy Increased, May Affect Treatment Adherence
Women being treated for breast cancer with aromatase inhibitors may experience extremely low estrogen levels resulting in a wide variety of side effects that a typical postmenopausal woman without cancer may not experience.
Data presented at the Ninth Annual AACR Frontiers in Cancer Prevention Conference showed that women assigned to take aromatase inhibitors had increases in side effects such as hot flashes, decreased appetite, fatigue, fever, breast sensitivity, etc.
"Aromastase inhibitors represent one of the most major advances in breast cancer treatment," said Lisa Gallicchio, Ph.D., an epidemiologist at The Prevention and Research Center at Mercy Medical Center, Baltimore. "Their incorporation into the breast cancer treatment armamentarium has led to impressive reductions in breast cancer recurrence and mortality rates.