- Breast Cancer
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What Are Aromatase Inhibitors?
Aromatase inhibitors are a type of hormone therapy that stops the production of estrogen in postmenopausal women. They work by blocking the enzyme aromatase, which converts other hormones such as androgens into estrogen in the body. This reduces the amount of estrogen available, which slows or stops the growth of hormone-receptor-positive breast cancer cells.
What Are Aromatase Inhibitors Used For?
Aromatase inhibitors are used to treat hormone receptor-positive early, locally advanced, and metastatic breast cancers.
What Are Some Examples of Aromatase Inhibitors?
There are three aromatase inhibitors currently available. All are taken orally, in pill form, and are available as generics.
What Are Side Effects of Aromatase Inhibitors?
Side effects of aromatase inhibitors include:
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