Arimidex for ER/PR-negatives?

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Question from Margaret: I was recently diagnosed with DCIS, estrogen- and progesterone-negative. As I am postmenopausal, my doctor has put me on Arimidex. Is that the latest protocol? I'm a bit concerned because I've been told I'm in early osteoporosis. Should I be concerned?
Answers - Kathy D. Miller, M.D. Any time you're concerned about your doctor's recommendation is a good time to ask more questions and consider seeking a second opinion. You're right to be concerned about osteoporosis and increased bone loss that may come with Arimidex. With an estrogen-negative and progesterone-negative tumor, the benefit of taking Arimidex is probably very small, if any.

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