Recurrence while taking Femara?


Question from Cheryl: What form of treatment is used if you get a recurrence while you are still taking Femara?
Answers - Sandra F. Schnall, M.D. Where the recurrence is may reflect what kind of treatment would be recommended. There are salvage hormone therapies if hormone treatment is what's recommended. If you haven't been treated with tamoxifen, that may be an easy one to start with. Alternative hormones may be something like Faslodex, which is an injectable hormone treatment given once monthly.
Marisa Weiss, M.D. I guess once all the various hormone therapies have been tried, if the disease continues to progress, it's time to talk to your doctor about other forms of systemic treatment. Those include chemotherapy or immune therapy like Herceptin (chemical name: trastuzumab), if the cancer is HER2-positive.

On Wednesday, April 21, 2004, our Ask-the-Expert Online Conference was called Hormonal Therapy Updates. Sandra Schnall, M.D. and Marisa Weiss, M.D. answered your questions about hormonal therapies and answered questions about which ones work best in different situations, how they might fit into your treatment sequence, how to deal with side effects, and more.

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