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Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT)

Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) — Hormone-based drugs given to women to help control the effects of menopause.

During menopause, a woman’s body produces much lower amounts of estrogen and progesterone than when she was menstruating. Low levels of estrogen may cause hot flashes, bone loss, vaginal dryness and mood swings. To help lessen these side effects, doctors may prescribe hormone-based drugs (HRT). Since HRT adds estrogen (and progestin for women who have a uterus) back to your body, many studies have looked for a possible link between the use of HRT and breast cancer.

Recent studies have shown that HRT, especially combined estrogen and progestin, can increase the risk of breast cancer. This risk declines over time once the woman stops taking HRT. Any woman currently taking or considering HRT should ask her doctor about the potential risks and benefits.

For more information visit Susan G. Komen for the Cure.

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Cancer Treatment and You Online Education

Genesis Cancer Care Institute now has an online class providing general information about treatments and support services for cancer patients and families.
Topics covered in the online class include:
  • Treatment options
  • Nurse Navigators
  • Caregiver Advice
  • Survivorship
  • Support Services

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