Preventing Bone Loss
This is another one of those "minor inconveniences" of breast cancer--of which there are many. The big ones include the risk of death and all the difficulties associated with surgery, radiation, and chemotherapy. The minor ones are things like runny noses (because of the absence of nasal hair) during chemo and concerns about bone loss with treatments going forward, esp the AIs. Clearly, it is great that we live long enough to worry about bone loss, but this can be a serious problem. Here is an interview with Dr. Alan Lipton about management of possible bone loss for breast and prostate cancer patients (interestingly enough, those men have many of the same worries as they are treated with the same hormonal therapies). If you think it is bad to be having hot flashes, think for a second about men who have them!
Here is an excerpt and then a link:
Preventing Bone Loss in Patients With Breast and Prostate Cancers: Interview
With Allan Lipton, MD
OncologySTAT Editorial Team. 2010 Nov 1, Interview by L Scott Zoeller
Dr. Allan Lipton is Professor of Medicine & Oncology, Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, Hershey, Pennsylvania.
Introduction: Skeletal complications are a frequently encountered comorbidity associated with hormone-ablative therapies, leading to increased risk of pathologic fractures, spinal compression, and hypercalcemia. Treatment- and disease-induced bone loss is often associated with severe pain and decreased quality of life. In this interview, Dr. Allan Lipton discusses the most recent evidence surrounding prevention and management of treatment-induced bone loss, metastatic bone disease, and emerging research of bone loss prevention in patients with prostate and breast cancer.