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How is hormone therapy used to treat stage I breast cancer?

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Hormone therapy is a good option after surgery for women who have tumors that use hormones to grow, called hormone receptor-positive cancer. Medication can help prevent tumors from getting hormones. These drugs include tamoxifen for all women, and anastrozole (Arimidex), exemestane (Aromasin), and letrozole (Femara) for postmenopausal women. Women who haven't reached menopause may consider having their ovaries removed to stop making hormones that help cancer grow.

SOURCES:

American Cancer Society: “How is Breast Cancer Staged?” ”Breast cancer survival rates, by stage.” “Questions about chemotherapy,” “Treatment of invasive breast cancer, by stage.”

Herceptin: "Adjuvant Breast Cancer Treatment.”

National Comprehensive Cancer Network.

Clinical Practice Guidelines in Oncology, , v.1.2004. Breast Cancer

National Cancer Institute: "Breast Cancer PDQ: Treatment, Health Professional Version," "Breast Cancer PDQ: Treatment, Patient Version," "Understanding Breast Cancer: A Guide for Patients," "What You Need to Know about Breast Cancer," “Adjuvant and Neoadjuvant Therapy for Breast Cancer.”

MedlinePlus: “Tamoxifen.”

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on July 18, 2017

SOURCES:

American Cancer Society: “How is Breast Cancer Staged?” ”Breast cancer survival rates, by stage.” “Questions about chemotherapy,” “Treatment of invasive breast cancer, by stage.”

Herceptin: "Adjuvant Breast Cancer Treatment.”

National Comprehensive Cancer Network.

Clinical Practice Guidelines in Oncology, , v.1.2004. Breast Cancer

National Cancer Institute: "Breast Cancer PDQ: Treatment, Health Professional Version," "Breast Cancer PDQ: Treatment, Patient Version," "Understanding Breast Cancer: A Guide for Patients," "What You Need to Know about Breast Cancer," “Adjuvant and Neoadjuvant Therapy for Breast Cancer.”

MedlinePlus: “Tamoxifen.”

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on July 18, 2017

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