How effective is endocrine therapy for breast cancer? Hormone therapy following surgery, radiation or chemotherapy has been shown to reduce the risk of breast cancer recurrence in people with early-stage hormone-sensitive breast cancers. It can also effectively reduce the risk of metastatic breast cancer growth and progression in people with hormone-sensitive tumors.
When do you start endocrine therapy for breast cancer? When is hormone therapy used for breast cancer? Hormone therapy is often used after surgery (as adjuvant therapy) to help reduce the risk of the cancer coming back. Sometimes it is started before surgery (as neoadjuvant therapy). It is usually taken for at least 5 years.
What is the best hormone therapy for breast cancer? Tamoxifen is one of the most commonly used hormone therapies for breast cancer. Women who are still having periods (are premenopausal) and women who have had their menopause (post menopausal) can take tamoxifen. You might also have this treatment if you are a man with breast cancer.
What are examples of endocrine therapy?
- Aromatase inhibitors (AIs), such as anastrozole, exemestane, and letrozole.
- Selective estrogen receptor modulators (SERMs), such as tamoxifen and raloxifene.
- Estrogen receptor antagonists, such as fulvestrant and toremifene.