October 10, 2011 |
Breast cancer patients who take drugs called aromatase inhibitors can experience a decline in bone density. However, a new study shows that adding an osteoporosis drug to their medication regimen prevents the bone loss. Aromatase inhibitors halt estrogen production in postmenopausal women, which is good for stopping the growth of cancer cells. But the loss of estrogen harms bone health and these patients are at higher risk for bone loss and fractures. In the new study, from the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute, women taking aromatase inhibitors were either prescribed the osteoporosis drug zoledronic acid (also known as Zometa)
January 25, 2011 |
The breast cancer drug tamoxifen may stall the progression of non-small cell lung cancer in those who take it after breast cancer treatment, a new study has found. Tamoxifen is the oldest of a wide array of medications that block the action of the hormone estrogen in the body. Researchers have found growing evidence in recent years that the majority of non-small cell lung cancers -- the most common form of lung cancer -- respond to estrogen with growth. So they wondered whether women taking tamoxifen as an adjunct to their breast cancer treatment might be less likely to develop or die of lung cancer.
June 5, 2011 |
A drug already used to treat breast cancer can reduce the risk of tumors in high- and moderate-risk post-menopausal women by 65% over a three-year period, researchers reported Saturday. Two other drugs are already approved for reducing the risk of breast tumors in healthy women: Generic tamoxifen reduces the risk by 50% over a five-year period and raloxifene (Evista) reduces the risk by 38% over a similar period. But both drugs are associated with an increased risk of potentially fatal uterine cancer and blood clots.
October 4, 2010 |
The millions of Americans who take a pill each day to drive down their cholesterol or blood pressure do not generally think of themselves as "sick. " They believe that they are treating one thing ? high cholesterol or blood pressure ? and helping to prevent something worse: a heart attack or stroke. For women who worry about becoming the oft-quoted "1 in 8" who will develop breast cancer in her lifetime, two well-established drugs can do for breast cancer what statins and blood pressure drugs do for heart attacks and strokes: drive down their odds of happening.
December 29, 2005 |
Post- menopausal women have another option to treat early-stage breast cancer with the approval Wednesday of a drug aimed at stopping recurrences. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved Femara, a medication manufactured by Novartis Pharmaceuticals and belonging to the class called aromatase inhibitors. Femara already is approved for post-menopausal women with advanced breast cancer.
March 22, 2004 |
Tamoxifen has long been the standard treatment for post-menopausal women after breast cancer surgery, but the drawbacks are considerable: It provides benefits for only five years, sometimes stops working earlier and boosts risks of endometrial cancer and stroke. A new class of drugs may become a better option. Three studies in the past year have shown that drugs called aromatase inhibitors are better at preventing cancer recurrences.