Nerve block as treatment for hot flashes?

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Question from Portianna: Can you talk about the nerve block that was studied in the treatment of hot flashes? What is it and how does it work? Thanks.
Answers - Kathy D. Miller, M.D. I saw the study but I hate to admit I don't know a lot of the details. The study looked at a particular nerve block that had to be administered by an anesthesiologist. There were very few complications. Many of the women did report a decrease in hot flashes. But I don't know how widely available that procedure might be, and at this point we have only seen one small study to know how effective this might be.

The Ask-the-Expert Online Conference called Updates From the 2009 San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium featured Kathy Miller, M.D. and Kristin Brill, M.D., F.A.C.S. answering your questions about the latest updates on breast cancer risk, screening techniques, treatment options, and more.

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