Hormone Replacement Therapy and Breast Cancer – Current Recommendations

by Laura Ramirez on July 8, 2011

Hormone replacement therapy and breast cancer raises some complex issues, especially for women who have undergone treatment or have witnessed a loved one suffering from the disease. Cancer survivors often refuse hormone therapy for menopause because they are frightened about the risk of recurrence. In response to this, the North American Menopause Society recommends that a first line of defense for women who are suffering from menopause symptoms such as vaginal atrophy should be non-hormonal lubricants and the like.

Hormone Replacement and the Cancer Patient

Hormone replacement therapy can be a complex issue for women who have had cancer. Jeanne Carter, a clinical psychologist and certified sexual health therapist, details physician and patient concerns about hormone replacement and describes position statements from the North American Menopause Society.

Hormone replacement therapy and breast cancer raises some complex issues, especially for women who have undergone treatment or have witnessed a loved one suffering from the disease. Cancer survivors often refuse hormone therapy for menopause because they are frightened about the risk of recurrence. In response to this, the North American Menopause Society recommends that a first line of defense for women who are suffering from menopause symptoms such as vaginal atrophy should be lubricants and the like.ï¾ 

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