News on Femara past 5-year point?


Question from JKatz: Thank you for keeping us up to date. I am wondering about Femara past the 5-year point; any news on that subject? Thank you.
Answers - Eric Winer, M.D. At the present time there are no data to indicate that more than 5 years of Femara (chemical name: letrozole) or any other aromatase inhibitor is more effective than taking 5 years alone. We have no data as to the safety of more prolonged exposure to drugs like Femara. Outside of a trial, I recommend to my patients that they stop aromatase inhibitors after 5 years. There are studies that are looking at longer durations of aromatase inhibitors, but we don't have any results to date.

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