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Thursday, December 16, 2010 Ruth Cavaliere, Community Member, asks

Q: why we have to be on this pill after breast cancer for 5 years

the first pill i was on , for a year only gave me bone pain , nothing good came out of it now the Doctor is going to put me on another pill what up with that? somebody tell why ?
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PJ Hamel, Health Guide
12/16/10 3:54pm

If you're taking long-term drugs for early-stage breast cancer, Ruth, then your cancer most probably was hormone-responsive, which means it needs estrogen to grow. The drugs we take prevent cancer cells from bonding with estrogen, and/or prevent your body from manufacturing estrogen, thus depriving cancer cells of the food they need to live. So - long-term drugs help keep you cancer-free. PJH

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By Ruth Cavaliere, Community Member— Last Modified: 12/27/10, First Published: 12/16/10