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Aromatase Inhibitors: Did you decide to go on them or not?Breast Cancer | Last Active: May 12 5:25pm | Replies (1190)
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The aromatase inhibitors stop the production of estrogen. Estrogen helps support bone renewal. Pre-menopausal women are said to have an 'estrogen shield' protecting their bones to some extent. That is lost (though not 100%) with menopause and is one reason that many women take 'hormone replacement therapy' after menopause. Estrogen does a lot of other things as well. I'm not sanguine that it's other functions are getting due attention. Loss of bone density is so obvious that oncologists have to address it for patients on anti-estrogen therapy.
Your description is so right on! My primary doctor likened AI therapy and cancer treatment in general to a game of Jenga. Trying to balance the tower,removing and adding pieces and hoping it all doesn’t collapse.