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Breast cancer

Question
Posted by: Patrick Gardiner | 2016/12/09

Q.

Is there a benefit in taking bisphosphonates to help prevent a recurrence of cncer

My wife has stage three breast cancer and had a radical mastectomy in March, followed by 8 sessions of chemo and just completed 30 sessions of radiotherapy spread over the past 6 weeks. She has been prescribed 1mg stradexa for the next 5 to 10 years. She is now 67. The potential side effects are obviously a concern. She has had a bone scan, which showed osteopenia in her lower spine and told to take 1000mg of calcium and 400 – 800 unites of vitamin D. We have asked about the bisphosphonates and if they would possibly replace the calcium and we are unable to get that on prescription but would be happy to pay for them if it was thought they would be a protective addition to her treatment. We understand that the potential benefits of bisphosphonates are unproven but your advice would be much appreciated as to whether these would help her recovery and future wellbeing.

Expert's Reply

A.

Breast cancer expert
- 2017/11/22

There would be a benefit for your wife to take bisphosphonates both for her bones as it will improve the osteoporosis and there is evidence to confirm the benefits of bisphosphonates in reducing breast cancer recurrence. 

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