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Menopause Int. 2013 Mar;19(1):30-36. Epub 2013 Mar 14.

Management of menopausal symptoms after cancer and risk-reduction bilateral oophorectomy: a move towards consensus.

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NHS Lothian Sexual and Reproductive Health Services, Chalmers Centre, Edinburgh, UK
NHS Lothian Sexual and Reproductive Health Services, Chalmers Centre, Edinburgh, UK.
Department of Gynaecology, Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, UK.


As more women survive reproductive cancers, menopausal symptoms following treatment can be a significant problem affecting quality of life and wellbeing. Hormone replacement therapy may or may not be contraindicated. Women often receive conflicting information about their management from different specialists. The aim of this study, based in a regional menopause clinic, was to examine referral patterns and symptom profiles of women with cancer or at high risk of cancer; to identify areas of need where a more integrated approach to management might be required; and to reach a local consensus across disciplines involved in the care of these women regarding prescribing of hormonal therapies. A retrospective case record review of all women attending Edinburgh Menopause Clinic for one 12-month period in 2011/2012 for management of cancer-related menopausal symptoms was undertaken. The results of the review were discussed at a multidisciplinary meeting and regional guidance on the management of these women was agreed. There has been an immediate improvement in communication between departments and the quality of information received in referral letters.


HRT; Menopause; cancer; multidisciplinary

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