Treating Breast Cancer with Hormone Therapy

Have you explored all your treatment options for breast cancer?

While surgery, radiation, and chemotherapy are still widely used as cancer treatments, the alternative or supplemental methods available are always increasing. One approach that has proven effective for some breast cancer patients is hormone therapy. Have you discussed this option with your doctor yet?

What Is Hormone Therapy?

This treatment method can help slow or halt the growth of breast cancer. Some types of breast cancer feed off of estrogen and progesterone. Patients who undergo hormone therapy will take medications that block these hormones from being produced.

Who Should Use Hormone Therapy?

Not all breast cancers are affected by hormones. Tests can reveal whether your cancer cells have estrogen and progesterone receptors. If they do, hormone therapy may be a good option for you. These types of cancer occur in two out of every three breast cancer cases.

Hormone therapy can also be used as a prevention strategy for women with an extremely high risk for breast cancer.

What Are the Side Effects of Hormone Therapy?

Many women experience side effects similar to the symptoms related to menopause. These may include hot flashes, vaginal dryness, and mood swings. If you have not reached menopause yet, your menstrual cycle will be disrupted by the treatment.

Learn more about your treatment options at The Medical Center of Plano's Breast Center. If you have any questions or would like to make your first appointment, give us a call at 972-519-1359.

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