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Brand name: Megace

Chemical name: Megestrol

Class: Progestin hormonal therapy. There are no other progestins used to treat breast cancer.

How it works: Progestins suppress the effects of estrogen on cancer cells.

Uses: Megace may be used to:

  • ease symptoms of metastatic breast cancer, including loss of appetite
  • treat advanced-stage, hormone-receptor-positive breast cancer in women not responding to tamoxifen

How it's given: Megace is taken orally as a pill or liquid.

Additional information: Megace is a man-made version of the human hormone progesterone.

Side effects:

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