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Cancer Treat Rev. 2002 Dec;28(6):321-33.

Management of the menopause in cancer survivors.

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  • 1Division of Medical Oncology, Toronto-Sunnybrook Regional Cancer Centre, Ont., Canada.


The consequences of premature menopause are of great importance to cancer survivors. Oestrogen replacement therapy (with and without added progestins) is the most extensively researched agent for the treatment and prevention of menopausal problems. While this may be appropriate for symptom control in patients with tumours that are not hormone responsive, patients with hormone dependent tumours will require safe and effective alternative treatments for menopausal symptoms. This paper will discuss both the short-term and long-term consequences of the menopause in cancer survivors and will also offer various management strategies.

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