The two broad classes of anti-estrogen therapy
include SERMs and Als.
Led by Elisabetta Rapiti of the Geneva Cancer Registry, the study compared lung cancer incidence and mortality among breast cancer patients who were and were not treated with anti-estrogen therapy
Of those women who did test positive, white women were more likely than African-American women to receive anti-estrogen therapy
SAN ANTONIO -- Women treated with anti-estrogen therapy
for breast cancer appeared to have a reduced risk of dying later from lung cancer in a Swiss registry study, suggesting that the agents may be protective, Dr.
Rapiti and colleagues evaluated whether anti-estrogen therapy
for breast cancer patients reduced their risk of subsequently developing and/or dying from lung cancer.
In 1999, Aromasin was approved in Europe through Mutual Recognition Procedure for treatment of advanced breast cancer after prior anti-estrogen therapy
But with secondary, or metastatic, tumors often difficult to find or biopsy -- and with many metastases lacking estrogen receptors even when the primary tumor may have many -- months could pass before a physician finds that anti-estrogen therapy
is not working.
Recent clinical trials conducted for the National Cancer Institute and different national and multi-national consortia have established the therapeutic and preventive benefit of anti-estrogen therapy
for many breast cancer sufferers," said C.
Forty-six percent of the women received anti-estrogen therapy
, primarily tamoxifen.
If estrogen and/or progesterone receptors are present, then it is likely that the patient will be treated with anti-estrogen therapy
, also called hormonal therapy.