Approximately two thirds of all breast cancers are a type called hormone receptor positive. This means they use the hormones oestrogen and/or progesterone to grow. The recommended treatment for people with hormone receptor positive early breast cancer usually includes hormone-blocking therapy, a tablet taken daily for between five and 10 years. For people with metastatic breast cancer, hormone-blocking treatments can provide long term disease control. The side effects of these treatments may be mild and easily managed, but for some people they can significantly impact their quality of life.
At this Ask the Expert event, we heard from medical oncologist Dr Michelle White and BCNA Consumer Representative Kym Berchtenbreiter. Michelle specialises in treating women diagnosed with breast cancer and is the lead investigator for several local research studies and the development and conduct of clinical trials. Kym was diagnosed with early breast cancer in 2009 and discussed the side effects she experienced from hormone-blocking treatment, her strategies to manage them and her advice for others.
This session addressed what you need to know about hormone-blocking treatment, including common side effects and how you can manage them, and how to ensure a good balance between quality of life, risk of recurrence and control of disease progression.
Let’s be Upfront about navigating a breast cancer diagnosis as an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander.
Let’s be upfront about pain, side effects and palliative care.
Let’s be Upfront about navigating relationships with your medical team.
Let’s be Upfront about living in a rural area following a breast cancer diagnosis.
Let’s be Upfront about living with metastatic breast cancer.
*This article does not provide medical advice and is intended for informational purposes only.
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