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Cancer Control. 2002 Nov-Dec;9(6):480-9.

The use of bisphosphonates in patients with breast cancer.

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Breast Cancer Medicine Service, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, New York, New York 10021, USA. vanpoznc@mskcc.org

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

Bone is the most common site of breast cancer metastases. Skeletal metastases may be associated with harmful and painful events such as fractures, spinal cord compression, and hypercalcemia. By inhibiting osteoclasts and bone resorption, bisphosphonates can interrupt the process of bone destruction and decrease the risk of skeletal complications.

METHODS:

A review of the literature was undertaken regarding the use of bisphosphonates in breast cancer management, with particular attention to prospective, randomized clinical trials that have influenced the treatment of bone metastases.

RESULTS:

Large prospective, randomized trials have demonstrated that bisphosphonates are effective in reducing skeletal-related complications from metastatic breast cancer.

CONCLUSIONS:

For many patients with osseous lesions from breast cancer, bisphosphonate therapy is a useful intervention in managing their disease. Bisphosphonates are the treatment of choice for hypercalcemia of malignancy and bisphosphonates reduce the risk of pathologic fractures, spinal cord compromise, the need for radiation or surgery to bone, and bone pain.

PMID:
12514566
DOI:
10.1177/107327480200900605
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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