Hormonal therapy during or after radiation?

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Question from Ruth: Should a person start hormonal therapy during radiation, or wait until radiation has been completed
Answers - Patricia A. Ganz, M.D. That's a good question. We don't really have an answer for you, because no studies have been done looking at whether there is a difference in outcome for women who take hormonal therapy with radiation or after radiation. In general, I start the hormonal therapy after radiation simply because it's easier to separate symptoms and problems women could be having related to the hormone therapy if I give it after radiation is completed. But there are other physicians who give it during radiation, so there isn't a correct answer.
Lillie Shockney, R.N., B.S., M.A.S. We really have decided to let it be the physician's preference.

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.

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