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Breast Cancer Res Treat. 2004 Dec;88(3):257-61.

Bone mineral density and adjuvant therapy in breast cancer survivors.

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  • 1Division of General Internal Medicine, Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center at UCLA, Los Angeles, CA, USA. ccrandall@mednet.ucla.edu


Compared to mean values from a US database, premenopausal breast cancer survivors (BCS) had significantly higher whole body bone mineral density (BMD) compared to age and ethnicity matched referents; higher whole body BMD was present in all premenopausal BCS, including those who received chemotherapy, tamoxifen+chemotherapy, or no adjuvant therapy. Postmenopausal BCS who had received no adjuvant therapy also had higher whole body BMD compared to similarly aged women. In contrast, hip and lumbar spine BMD values in BCS were similar to those of the population-based database.

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