Studies on getting chemotherapy but no hormonal therapy?


Question from Tammy: Are there any studies on women who choose to do chemotherapy, but not hormonal therapy?
Answers - Kathy D. Miller, M.D. None that I have seen in women with ER+ disease. We know from our previous studies that there is a bigger benefit from the hormonal therapy than from chemotherapy in those women with ER+ disease. It's also important to remember that for some pre-menopausal women, chemotherapy may function both as chemotherapy and hormonal therapy if it results in decreasing function of the ovaries, and pushing that woman into menopause.

On Tuesday, December 15, 2009, our Ask-the-Expert Online Conference was called Updates from the 2009 San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium. Kathy Miller, M.D. and Kristin Brill, M.D., F.A.C.S. answered your questions about the latest updates on breast cancer risk, screening techniques, treatment options, and more.

The materials presented in these conferences do not necessarily reflect the views of Breastcancer.org. A qualified healthcare professional should be consulted before using any therapeutic product or regimen discussed. All readers should verify all information and data before employing any therapies described here.

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