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If I haven't reached menopause should I get my ovaries removed to help treat my stage II breast cancer?

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Women who haven't reached menopause may consider having their ovaries removed to stop them from making hormones that help cancer grow. They also can take a drug, such as goserelin (Zoladex) or leuprolide (Lupron), to stop their ovaries from releasing hormones.

SOURCES:

American Cancer Society: “How is Breast Cancer Staged?” ”Breast cancer survival rates, by stage,” “Questions about chemotherapy,” “Targeted therapy for breast cancer.”

MedlinePlus: “Tamoxifen.”

National Comprehensive Cancer Network: "Guidelines for Patients."

National Breast Cancer Foundation: “Stage 2.”

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.”

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on March 25, 2019

SOURCES:

American Cancer Society: “How is Breast Cancer Staged?” ”Breast cancer survival rates, by stage,” “Questions about chemotherapy,” “Targeted therapy for breast cancer.”

MedlinePlus: “Tamoxifen.”

National Comprehensive Cancer Network: "Guidelines for Patients."

National Breast Cancer Foundation: “Stage 2.”

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.”

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on March 25, 2019

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