Possible extended Femara treatment?

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Question from Cathy: I am the minority with IBC that was also HER2, ER and PR positive. I have completed combination chemo, mastectomy, radiation, Herceptin and am now on Femara. Do you think Femara treatment will be extended beyond the 5-year plan?
Answers - Gabriel N. Hortobagyi, M.D., F.A.C.P. That's a crystal ball question. I think we could say that there are ongoing clinical trials to determine whether prolonging the duration of Femara or similar drugs beyond 5 years is useful and well tolerated. The results of those trials will become available probably in the next 3-5 years.

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