Ask-the-Expert Online Conference
- Question from Connie: I was diagnosed with ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS), up-dated to pre-cancer small lesion. I had surgery and seven weeks of radiation. I was put on tamoxifen and could not handle side effects, so was told I could try Arimidex or just do all necessary follow-ups. I am 76 and not eager for any more side effects. I was on HRT for 26 years and am dealing with effects of stopping. Could you comment, please?
- Answers - Beth Baughman DuPree, M.D., F.A.C.S. With a non-invasive breast cancer at the age of 76 with appropriate surgical treatment and radiation therapy, it is within the realm of appropriate treatment to stop the tamoxifen therapy. Try the Arimidex (chemical name: anastrozole) or follow through with close clinical follow-ups, meaning breast exams every six months and follow up mammography.
This Ask-the-Expert Online Conference called Risk Reduction featured Beth Baughman DuPree, M.D., F.A.C.S. and Lynn Hartmann answering your questions about breast cancer risk factors and ways to lower your risk.
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