May 16, 2001 - 9:34 pm
Here I am dying to get started on tamoxifen and read on......
"HRT may lower breast cancer risk"
"Hormone replacement therapy given to women with breast cancer is associated with a lower risk of recurrence of the disease, researchers said.
Hormone replacement therapy is used by women to address menopausal symptoms such as hot flashes, by replacing female hormones like estrogen that drop off at menopause.
But there was concern among doctors that estrogen could trigger a recurrence of breast cancer, so the therapy has been avoided in women who have had breast cancer.
Researchers at the University of Washington found that women who had undergone hormone replacement therapy experienced about half the risk of recurrence as women who had not had the therapy, as well as one-third the risk of death from breast cancer and half the risk of death from any cause.
The study appears in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute.
It looked at 174 women who had undergone the therapy and four times that number who had not. All had been diagnosed with breast cancer between 1977 and 1994.
The researchers said the study did not definitively determine that such therapy taken after the diagnosis of breast cancer was beneficial and said more research was needed.