- Question from LDesign: I have just completed 5 years of Femara for breast cancer (after surgery and chemo). What is the current recommendation for duration to take that drug? I am hoping to be DONE, but understand that research changes over time. Thanks!
- Answers - Andrew D. Seidman, M.D. The use of either anastrozole (brand name: Arimidex) or letrozole (brand name: Femara) beyond 5 years cannot currently be considered standard of care. There are known risks with extended use of aromatase inhibitors, but the benefits are underdetermined. An ongoing clinical trial, which is an extension of the MA17 study, will answer this question for Femara.
The Ask-the-Expert Online Conference called Updates From the 2010 ASCO Annual Meeting featured Andrew Seidman, M.D. and Beth Baughman DuPree, M.D., F.A.C.S. answering your questions about the latest updates on breast cancer risk, screening techniques, treatment options, and more.
Editor's Note: This conference took place in June 2010.
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