Find Information About:

Drugs & Supplements

Get information and reviews on prescription drugs, over-the-counter medications, vitamins, and supplements. Search by name or medical condition.

Pill Identifier

Pill Identifier

Having trouble identifying your pills?

Enter the shape, color, or imprint of your prescription or OTC drug. Our pill identification tool will display pictures that you can compare to your pill.

Get Started
My Medicine

My Medicine

Save your medicine, check interactions, sign up for FDA alerts, create family profiles and more.

Get Started

WebMD Health Experts and Community

Talk to health experts and other people like you in WebMD's Communities. It's a safe forum where you can create or participate in support groups and discussions about health topics that interest you.

  • Second Opinion

    Second Opinion

    Read expert perspectives on popular health topics.

  • Community


    Connect with people like you, and get expert guidance on living a healthy life.

Got a health question? Get answers provided by leading organizations, doctors, and experts.

Get Answers

Sign up to receive WebMD's award-winning content delivered to your inbox.

Sign Up

Breast Cancer Health Center

Font Size

One Size Does Not Fit All for Solving Menopause Problems

WebMD Health News

July 14, 2000 -- When Gloria Moore was diagnosed with breast cancer four years ago, not only did she have to undergo treatment for the disease, but she also had to give up the hormone replacement therapy she had been using to control her menopausal symptoms.

"I was having severe hot flashes," the 57-year-old Moore tells WebMD. "They were so severe, I couldn't function. I couldn't sleep; it was covers on and off all night. I had severe perspiration; at staff meetings at work I would be fanning myself, taking off layers of clothes, and leaving. It was just unbearable."

Moore says she tried a number of different approaches, including herbal remedies, without luck. Desperate, she signed up for a study at UCLA that looked into how to manage menopausal symptoms in breast cancer survivors. During that study, she found the help she needed. For her hot flashes, she was put back on one of the drugs she had originally tried (Megace), but on a different dose, and for what she calls "the trauma, the devastation of having breast cancer," she was referred to individual therapy.

"It really helped. My entire quality of life improved with the Megace because I was able to function again -- before, I was a total basket case," says Moore "And with the therapist, when that began, I felt a tremendous improvement; I felt I got my life back."

The UCLA study Moore and 75 other post-menopausal breast cancer survivors joined was initiated to test how effective a specially designed intervention program was at helping women cope with certain problems associated with menopause.

At the start of the study, all of the women were experiencing severe cases of at least one of three common menopausal symptoms: hot flashes, vaginal dryness, and/or urinary incontinence.

Typically, women are given hormone replacement therapy to control those symptoms, but because Moore and the other patients had had breast cancer, they weren't eligible for the drugs. "There are theoretical concerns that estrogen may promote or stimulate the growth of new tumors, and a lot of women who have had breast cancer are very concerned about taking estrogen," Laura Zibecchi, RN, NP, MSN, tells WebMD. "Our goal was to develop an intervention program that would address multiple menopausal symptoms in breast cancer survivors. What we wanted to do was hopefully relieve symptoms and improve quality of life ... we developed a 'menu' of options of non-estrogen alternatives."

Today on WebMD

Breast Cancer Overview
From self-exams and biopsies to reconstruction, we’ve got you covered.
Dealing with breast cancer
Get answers to your questions.
woman having mammogram
Experts don’t agree on all fronts, but you can be your own advocate.
woman undergoing breast cancer test
Many women worry. But the truth? Most abnormalities aren’t breast cancer.
Breast Cancer Treatments Improving
Resolved To Quit Smoking
Woman getting mammogram
Screening Tests for Women
ovarian cancer overview slideshow
serious woman
what is your cancer risk
10 Ways to Revitalize Slideshow