Benefits of Arimidex after 5 years?

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Question from LucyP: I have been on Arimidex for 5 years after my diagnosis of breast cancer. How long do I need to keep taking it? Are there any studies that show it is beneficial to take it longer than 5 years? Thank you.
Answers - Eric Winer, M.D. There are no studies that show taking Arimidex (chemical name: anastrozole) for more than 5 years improves a patient's prognosis. I advise my patients to stop Arimidex after 5 years.

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