Chapter 11 – Menopause

Treating menopausal symptoms after breast cancer

Menopausal symptoms are common in women who are being treated for breast cancer. This may be because of chemotherapy causing ovarian failure, anti-oestrogen endocrine therapy, or because breast cancer is often diagnosed in the perimenopausal woman.

Treatment of these women is controversial, and the use of MHT has not been shown to be safe. Referral to a specialist clinic may be appropriate, or consideration of treatment with non-hormonal treatments such as SSRIs or clonidine.

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