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Is Letrozole an effective medication for metastatic breast cancer?

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Dr. Deepak Sundriyal

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Posted on Thu, 2 Feb 2017 in Breast Cancer
Question: I am 76 years old was diagnosed with 1A stsge -/ estrogen positive, progestone poditive, HER2 neu-neg. onc Otypr DC 19 -- lymph node x 2 negative. Had 20 Radiation treatments. They Want me to take letrozole but I am afraid of side affects -- I already have muscle aches and bone loss. I feel great. Do I need this treatment with all of the side affects - I feel I am dammed if I do and damed if I don't -- I am very active and very afraid of the affects.
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Answered by Dr. Deepak Sundriyal 2 hours later
Brief Answer:
You should take letrozole.

Detailed Answer:
Hello dear. I have gone through the details and I can understand your concern.

So a hormone positive tumor requires letrozole treatment for prevention of relapse and this is quite necessary. Of course bone pain can occur but only in a minority of patients ans that can be easily controlled by mild analgesics. Calcium supplements will also help.

So please go ahead.
Let me know if there's any further queries.
Thanks and regards


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