Once you've had breast cancer, you are at risk to get it again. See what doctors are doing to help women curb recurrence.
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Dr. Dean Edell: Anne Sullivan walks with a purpose. Anne Sullivan: I have become more outspoken about it and helping other people to realize how important this is. Dr. Dean Edell: A year-and-a-half ago, Anne was diagnosed with breast cancer. She underwent a Lobectomy and radiation and now takes medication aimed at keeping cancer from coming back. Pamela Munster: The decrease in mortality is clearly because of newer drugs. Dr. Dean Edell: Among those drugs, are Aromatase Inhibitors or AIs which work on cancers that rely on estrogen to grow. Anne Sullivan: It is to reduce any of the estrogen that I might still have in my body, to keep that from, to keep cancer from recurring. Pamela Munster: In the post menopausal women, we know the Aromatase Inhibitors are better and the side effect profile is a little bit different. Dr. Dean Edell: Side effects can include weight gain, blood clots and the risk of osteoporosis. Pamela Munster: If a woman is at a very high risk for osteoporosis, we would not use an Aromatase Inhibitor. Dr. Dean Edell: And has an important piece of advice for women who might face breast cancer. Anne Sullivan: Just stay calm and act quickly. I don't feel that I battled cancer, I dealt with. Dr. Dean Edell: I am Dr. Dean Edell.