Long-term impact of low estrogen levels?

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Question from AEM: Although we know Arimidex is an important drug in the treatment of some types of early stage breast cancer, I often worry about the long-term effects of life with practically no estrogen and its influence upon heart disease, bone health, even skin and hair. Do you have any comments?
Answers - Patricia A. Ganz, M.D. You have very appropriate concerns because we don't have long term information about the impact of a low-estrogen state. So what is very important is that you make sure the indications for you taking this medication are firm, and that you are not being treated unnecessarily with a medication that could have long term side effects if you don't need it.

The Ask-the-Expert Online Conference called Managing Ongoing Medications featured Patricia Ganz, M.D. and moderator Lillie Shockney, R.N., B.S., M.A.S. answering your questions about staying on track with breast cancer medications you have to take on a regular basis.

Editor's Note: This conference took place in August 2007.

The materials presented in these conferences do not necessarily reflect the views of Breastcancer.org. A qualified healthcare professional should be consulted before using any therapeutic product or regimen discussed. All readers should verify all information and data before employing any therapies described here.

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