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Breast Cancer Blog: Women Live Longer With Arimidex

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Dec 9, 2005

Women Live Longer With Arimidex

Women Live Longer With Arimidex
This is hot news from San Antonio, where world's most important breast cancer conference is staging. Switching from tamoxifen to arimidex after two to three years of initiating tamoxifen can save lives compared to continuing tamoxifen for 5 years.

Aromatase inhibitors like Arimidex is superior to tamoxifen and more women are taking aromatase inhibitors compared to tamoxifen, but if you are on tamoxifen for any reason then switching to arimidex may improve your chance of living longer.

This is the first study that showed aromatase inhibitors could save lives, not just delay the recurrence of disease. Women in the study were switched to arimidex after two to three years of tamoxifen and this has resulted significant improvement in lives of these women.

Researcher Dr. Walter Jonat and colleagues of the University of Kiel in Germany combined information from three large European studies on Arimidex and found that women who were switched to it after several years of tamoxifen were 29 percent more likely to be alive 2 1/2 years later.

About 4.5 percent of women who continued on tamoxifen died, compared with only 3.3 percent of those who switched to Arimidex. More than 3,800 women were included in the analysis. Women who switched from tamoxifen to arimidex also had a 41 percent lower risk of having cancer again.

Aromatase inhibitors are useful only in post-menopausal women.


Emily      


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Every year, more than 200,000 women are diagnosed with breast cancer in the United States. Breast cancer ranks second as the leading cause of cancer deaths in American women. Until recently breast cancer topped the list of leading causes of cancer deaths in women, but lately lung cancer has claimed the top position. If skin cancer is excluded, breast cancer is the commonest cancer among American women.

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