Managing aromatase inhibitors in breast cancer survivors: Not just for oncologists

Julia A. Files, Marcia G. Ko, Sandhya Pruthi

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The role of the general internist in the care of breast cancer survivors is increasing as the number of women living with breast cancer continues to rise. Most breast cancers occurring in women older than 50 years are estrogen receptor- and/or progesterone receptor-positive, and adjuvant endocrine therapy plays an important role in the treatment plan. Aromatase inhibitors are becoming the preferred endocrine therapy, and general internists caring for breast cancer survivors need to be familiar with their use and adverse effect profile. This article reviews the use of aromatase inhibitors, the frequency of common adverse effects, and strategies for their management.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)560-566
Number of pages7
JournalMayo Clinic proceedings
Issue number6
StatePublished - Jun 2010

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Medicine


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