Ask an Expert: View a Question

Ask an Expert is a free question-and-answer service about breast cancer and breast health that is available on weekends. If you'd like to ask a question or comment, please visit us again on Saturday or Sunday. In the meantime, please search the existing topics using the search tool at the top of the page. It's quite possible that one of our many existing topics already addresses your question.

If you would like a consultation with a breast specialist at the Johns Hopkins Avon Foundation Breast Center, call 443-997-8282. It is possible to get an appointment for a second opinion within a few days of contacting us.

We hope you find the information helpful!.

ForumQuestionsAsk a Question
Complementary Medicine
Questions about Integrative and Complementary Medicine
780 Ask a Question

AskedPublicly Submitted Question
09/03/2004I recently finished my chemo. and radiation treatments for breast cancer and was put on Arimidex. I am post menopausal. I am concerned that this drug causes osteoprosis and I should be on Evista instead. Could you help me out with this? My ongologist said no even though I have the start of osteoprosis in both hips. I know it hasn't been approved by the Food and Drug Administration as an estrogen blocker yet and is under the STAR study now. By reading other web sites there seems to be proof that it could be used as an estrogen blocker. Help me know what to do?
RepliedJHU's Breast Center Reply
09/03/2004the studies aren't finalized yet and so this is why the doctor is saying to stay with something he knows has been scientifically proven. it is common for women to be on osteoporotic medications at the same time as taking this. for peace of mind, a second opinion formally may be helpful with another medical oncologist in your area who specializes in breast cancer.

Please note: This service is not intended to provide primary medical advice concerning specific medical care or treatment. Ask an Expert is a free service operated by health care professionals at the Johns Hopkins Avon Foundation Breast Center. Due to the volume of questions and their complexity, there are times when medical oncologists, surgeons, radiation oncologists or oncology nurses are consulted for their input. These individuals volunteer their time for this service and will respond as soon as they are able. Please do not post or send the same question to us in multiple locations or categories.

The contents of this portion of the website cannot be used as a substitute for a consultation with your doctor or other healthcare provider. It also may not represent the opinions of other Johns Hopkins professionals. It is a free service performed on volunteer time and intended to provide feedback to questions posted by consumers however should not be used as a directive or instructions to now follow. Seeing your own medical provider is always important in getting your needs and questions addressed. In the majority of cases, a clinical examination, review of pathology slides and xrays, along with other medical information is needed to truly provide a consultative service. If you wish to receive a formal consultation with our physicians please call 443-997-8282 for surgical appointments and 410-955-8964 for medical or radiation oncology appts. For breast imaging, call 410-955-4100.


© The Johns Hopkins University, The Johns Hopkins Hospital, and Johns Hopkins Health System, All rights reserved.