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How does ovarian ablation help with breast cancer?

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Some women with breast cancer may benefit from ovarian ablation, if they have not yet gone through menopause and their cancer is ER-positive. Ovarian ablation stops the ovaries from making estrogen. This can be done by:

  • Aiming radiation at the ovaries
  • Surgically removing the ovaries
  • Giving the woman a drug called luteinizing hormone-releasing hormone (LHRH) agonist

SOURCES:

National Cancer Institute.

Breastcancer.org.

Medscape. 

Pfizer Inc.

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on July 18, 2019

SOURCES:

National Cancer Institute.

Breastcancer.org.

Medscape. 

Pfizer Inc.

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on July 18, 2019

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