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Breast Cancer Therapy Halifax NS

Advancements in breast cancer treatments mean more Canadian women are surviving breast cancer than ever before. But new research has found that many women may be compromising their health by not taking their breast cancer treatment correctly, or stopping it all together before the full five-year course of therapy is completed.

Scotiabank
(902) 420-3567
1709 Hollis Street
Halifax, NS
 
BMO Bank of Montreal
(902) 421-3798
5435 Spring Garden Rd
Halifax, NS
Type
Branch with ABM

BMO Bank of Montreal
Spring Garden Road
Halifax, NS
Type
ABM

RBC - Quinpool & Oxford Branch
(902) 421-8420
6390 Quinpool Rd
Halifax, NS
Languages
English, French
Office Hours
Monday: 09:30 - 17:00
Tuesday: 09:30 - 17:00
Wednesday: 09:30 - 20:00
Thursday: 09:30 - 20:00
Friday: 09:30 - 17:00
Saturday: 10:00 - 15:00
Sunday: Closed

BMO Bank of Montreal
(902) 421-3748
6371 Quinpool Rd
Halifax, NS
Type
Branch with ABM

RBC - Royal Centre Branch
(902) 421-8330
5161 George St-Main Flr
Halifax, NS
Languages
English, French
Office Hours
Monday: 08:00 - 17:00
Tuesday: 08:00 - 17:00
Wednesday: 08:00 - 17:00
Thursday: 08:00 - 17:00
Friday: 08:00 - 17:00
Saturday: Closed
Sunday: Closed

RBC - Spring Garden & Summer Branch
(902) 421-8177
5855 Spring Garden Rd
Halifax, NS
Languages
English, French
Office Hours
Monday: 09:30 - 17:00
Tuesday: 09:30 - 17:00
Wednesday: 09:30 - 20:00
Thursday: 09:30 - 20:00
Friday: 09:30 - 17:00
Saturday: 10:00 - 15:00
Sunday: Closed

Scotiabank
(902) 420-3787
5656 Spring Garden Road
Halifax, NS
 
Scotiabank
(902) 420-4929
6005 Coburg Road
Halifax, NS
 
Scotiabank
(902) 420-3757
6169 Quinpool Road
Halifax, NS
 

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(NC)-Advancements in breast cancer treatments mean more Canadian women are surviving breast cancer than ever before. But new research has found that many women may be compromising their health by not taking their breast cancer treatment correctly, or stopping it all together before the full five-year course of therapy is completed.

A recent study in the Journal of Clinical Oncology found that approximately one in four women with hormone-sensitive early breast cancer stopped taking their anti-estrogen treatment during the first year, and after three years nearly half discontinued their therapy.

Dr. Susan Dent, a medical oncologist at the Ottawa Hospital Regional Cancer Center has done her own research in this field and is concerned.

"It is very important that women continue to take their breast cancer medication as prescribed. If they stop early, they may decrease the effectiveness of the treatment, which can negatively affect long-term health," says Dr. Dent. "In fact, it has recently been shown that treatments such as anastrozole, an anti-estrogen therapy, continue to work for years after treatment is completed, which is all the more reason women should take their therapy as prescribed."

According to Dr. Dent's research, the most common reason women stop their anti-estrogen therapy is muscle aches and bone pain. But she maintains that an open and ongoing dialogue between the patient and medical oncologist can go a long way towards overcoming side effects, helping women stay on treatment, and minimizing the risk of recurrence.

To learn more, speak to your physician or visit sites such as www.sharingstrength.ca.

- News Canada