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What are the considerations while taking Anastrozole for breast cancer in a 40-year-old?


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Published At February 23, 2024
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Patient's Query

Hello doctor,

I'm a 40-year-old woman recently diagnosed with breast cancer. I cannot provide reports now due to my condition, but I urgently need information on Anastrozole. My doctor mentioned it, and I would like guidance on how it works for breast cancer during menopause. Are there any precautions or considerations while taking it? I want to understand its role in preventive healthcare and managing breast cancer in menopause. Please clarify.

Thank you.


Welcome to icliniq.com.

I read your query.

I understand your concern about Anastrozole. This medication operates as a hormone treatment, specifically aiming to reduce estrogen levels within the body. It is primarily prescribed for women who have undergone menopause and are contending with hormone-dependent breast cancer. Anastrozole can weaken your bones. To counter bone weakening, I would suggest you take Calcium supplements daily and get Denosumab injections once in six months. While musculoskeletal pain may occur, it is not common, and other side effects are less frequent.

Anastrozole is generally considered a safe medication, typically taken for five years. However, the extension of this timeline may depend on factors such as the stage of the cancer, pathological considerations, molecular profile of the disease, and the individual's response to the treatment. Your medical oncologist will make these determinations based on a comprehensive assessment of your specific circumstances.

Hope this information helps you.

Thank you.

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Dr. Arshad Hussain Shah
Dr. Arshad Hussain Shah

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