Depo-Provera safe for hot flashes?

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Question from Rose: What about taking Depo-Provera shots for hot flashes after diagnosis of early stage breast cancer, HER2 positive, Herceptin, and Aromasin?
Answers - Patricia A. Ganz, M.D. I would not recommend such therapy. Depo-Provera is a hormone which could stimulate growth of hormone-receptor-positive tumors and counteract any benefit you might be receiving from the aromatase inhibitors.

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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