Managing side effects in adjuvant endocrine therapy for breast cancer.

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Managing side effects in adjuvant endocrine therapy for breast cancer.

Expert Rev Anticancer Ther. 2018 Sep 06;:

Authors: Condorelli R, Vaz Luis I

Abstract
INTRODUCTION: Recent improvements in the survival of hormone-responsive breast cancer are strongly associated with therapeutic advances, particularly with the uptake of adjuvant endocrine therapy. Nevertheless, endocrine therapy is also linked with adverse effects that impact quality of life, social function and adherence to treatment. Areas covered: This review examines the spectrum and consequences of adverse effects of tamoxifen and aromatase inhibitors, and the pharmacological and non-pharmacological approaches to mitigate some of the most frequent and disturbing side effects of endocrine therapy (including vasomotor, musculoskeletal and vulvo-vaginal symptoms). The authors performed a qualitative analysis of English papers indexed in PubMed through May 2017, including meta-analysis, randomized controlled trials, observational studies, and systematic reviews. Expert commentary: Side effects of endocrine treatments are frequent and often underestimated in the care of breast cancer survivors, leading to a poor adherence to treatments that can compromise oncological outcomes. Many of the most common adverse events can be mitigated through pharmacological and non-pharmacological approaches that should be discussed and offered to patients in a dedicated setting of care.

PMID: 30188738 [PubMed – as supplied by publisher]