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Question from CBF: Can being a being a post-cancer surgery patient affect healing of other parts of the body? I had a knee cartilage repair over a year ago and still have not been normal enough to return to a healthy level of activity. The surgeon is frustrated with the healing problems. Could it be auto-immune problems? Aromatase inhibitors or other drugs? Would human growth hormones work?
Answers - Julie Gralow, M.D. If chemotherapy was given, there is an impact on healing in general for months after the chemo, but this sounds like it's been longer than that. Aromatase inhibitors have been shown in studies to cause muscle and joint aches, and we don't understand the mechanism of that. I don't think we have data to suggest the aromatase inhibitors inhibit healing. I don't think there is data that would support the use of human growth hormones for this problem, and I doubt that having treatment for breast cancer would increase the chance of having an auto-immune disease. Of course, just because you have had breast cancer doesn't mean you couldn't develop an auto-immune disease as an unrelated problem.

The Ask-the-Expert Online Conference called Physical Activity and Breast Cancer featured Miriam Nelson, Ph.D., Julie Gralow, M.D., and moderator Judith Sachs answering your questions about the many issues related to physical activity and breast cancer.

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