Treatments that are easier on bones?


Question from Hawaiian: Are there any new "inhibitors" or treatments like tamoxifen that are easy on the bones and offer better protection against recurrence? I'm on tamoxifen and may switch to an aromatase inhibitor. I'm 53 and have bad osteoporosis. I take Boniva, calcium, and D supplements.
Answers - Eric Winer, M.D. Tamoxifen is easy on the bones in a postmenopausal woman and the decision to switch if you already have osteoporosis and are on a bisphosphonate needs to be considered carefully. At the present, there are no drugs that will be available in the next 2-3 years for women with hormone-receptor-positive cancer looking to prevent a recurrence.

On Wednesday, December 15, 2010, our Ask-the-Expert Online Conference was called Updates from the 2010 San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium. Eric Winer, M.D. and Marisa Weiss, M.D. answered your questions about the latest updates on breast cancer risk, screening, and treatment in early and metastatic breast cancer.

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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