Breast Cancer Overview

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After Treatment TOPICS

Post-menopausal hormone treatment (PHT) after breast cancer

In the past doctors, have offered PHT (also called hormone replacement therapy or HRT) to women after breast cancer treatment to help with severe symptoms of menopause. But studies have shown that women taking PHT after treatment for breast cancer are much more likely to have the cancer come back or to develop a new breast cancer. For this reason, most doctors now feel that it is unwise for women who have been treated for breast cancer to use PHT. Women may want to ask their doctors about other ways to handle symptoms of menopause.


Last Medical Review: 09/17/2013
Last Revised: 01/31/2014