Clearing Up Misconceptions about Hormone Therapy

This week on Toward a Cancer-Free World, Medical Oncologist Dr. Rachel Layman clears up misconceptions about hormone therapy and breast cancer. The confusion, she says, lies in the term “hormone therapy,” which many women assume means they will be receiving hormones during breast cancer treatment. Dr. Layman says a more accurate term would be “hormone suppression therapy” or “anti-estrogen therapy,” which means that the experts are actually removing the effects of estrogen in a patient’s body as part of breast cancer treatment – helping treat and, in many cases, prevent the disease.

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