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How does having breast cancer affect hot flashes?

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Treatments like chemotherapy, radiation, ovary removal, and antiestrogen therapy can bring on what’s called chemical menopause -- and with it comes lower estrogen levels and symptoms like hot flashes. Hot flashes that result from breast cancer treatment can be more frequent and severe than natural ones.

If you’ve been through menopause already and had hot flashes then, you’ll probably get them again if you take tamoxifen to treat your cancer. They’ll be about as severe and happen about as often as the first time around.

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The North American Menopause Society: “Hot Flashes.”

Harvard Health Publications. “Hot flashes in men: an update.”

Rossmanith, W.G. Gynecological Endocrinology, May 2009.

National Institute on Aging: “Menopause.”

BreasCancer.org: “Menopause symptoms: Hot Flashes.”

Women’s Health.gov. “Menopause and menopause treatments fact sheet.”

Mayo Clinic: “Hot flashes.”

National Institute on Aging: “Menopause: Time for a Change.”

Harvard Health Publications: “Menopause-related hot flashes and night sweats can last for years.”

Cleveland Clinic: “Non-Hormonal Ways to Cope with Hot Flashes and Menopause.”

The North American Menopause Society: “Breast Cancer Survivors & Hot Flash Treatments.”

Cancer Research UK: “Hot flushes and sweats.”

Thurston, R.C. Fertility and Sterility, published online Sept. 13, 2013.

National Multiple Sclerosis Society: “Heat & Temperature Sensitivity.”

Multiple Sclerosis Association of America: “Ask the Doctor.”

American Cancer Society: “Surgery for Testicular Cancer."

Johns Hopkins Medicine: “Thyroid Disorders in Women.”

Reviewed by Traci C. Johnson on June 17, 2020

SOURCES:

The North American Menopause Society: “Hot Flashes.”

Harvard Health Publications. “Hot flashes in men: an update.”

Rossmanith, W.G. Gynecological Endocrinology, May 2009.

National Institute on Aging: “Menopause.”

BreasCancer.org: “Menopause symptoms: Hot Flashes.”

Women’s Health.gov. “Menopause and menopause treatments fact sheet.”

Mayo Clinic: “Hot flashes.”

National Institute on Aging: “Menopause: Time for a Change.”

Harvard Health Publications: “Menopause-related hot flashes and night sweats can last for years.”

Cleveland Clinic: “Non-Hormonal Ways to Cope with Hot Flashes and Menopause.”

The North American Menopause Society: “Breast Cancer Survivors & Hot Flash Treatments.”

Cancer Research UK: “Hot flushes and sweats.”

Thurston, R.C. Fertility and Sterility, published online Sept. 13, 2013.

National Multiple Sclerosis Society: “Heat & Temperature Sensitivity.”

Multiple Sclerosis Association of America: “Ask the Doctor.”

American Cancer Society: “Surgery for Testicular Cancer."

Johns Hopkins Medicine: “Thyroid Disorders in Women.”

Reviewed by Traci C. Johnson on June 17, 2020

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