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Mortality rate among women with breast cancer has continually decreased since the 1990’s with earlier detection, thorough screening, increased awareness, and advances in treatment. From Jemal, A. et al. CA Cancer J Clin 2009;59:225-249.
Letrozole significantly decreased the risk of reoccurrence compared to tamoxifen.
Especially at Distant sites.
The BIG 1-98 Group. NEJM 2005:353:2747 Copyright 2005 NEJM
Combination AI and Tamoxifen Therapy Results are shown for letrozole monotherapy as compared with tamoxifen followed by letrozole (Panels A) and for letrozole monotherapy as compared with letrozole followed by tamoxifen (Panels B). Letrozole monotherapy is as efficient as combination letrazole and tamoxifen therapy. The BIG 1-98 Collaborative Group. 2009. NEJM; 361:766-776 Copyright 2009 NEJM
Stage I-III post-menopausal breast cancer patients followed at Lombardi Cancer Center with hand pain Receiving Aromatase Inhibitor CASES (n=24) Not Receiving Aromatase Inhibitor CONTROLS (n=24) RHEUMATOLOGIC EVALUATION (1 hour) History and Physical Examination by rheumatologist DAS-28 joint examination (completed by rheumatologist) QUESTIONNAIRES (30 minutes): Health Assessment Questionnaire (completed with GCRC staff) BLOOD TESTS(30 minutes): Autoantibody screen: RF, CCP, ANA Inflammatory Markers: ESR, CRP Bone markers: 25-OH Vitamin D Study biomarkers: TNF-α, IL-6 IMAGING (1hour 30 minutes): Hand X-Ray (30 minutes) Hand Ultrasound (1 hour) Eligibility assessed, study discussed with patient, and obtain consent. Schedule Study visit: (note all investigators blinded except recruiting team) PATIENTS MUST ABSTAIN FROM NSAIDS FOR 48 HOURS PRIOR TO ULTRASOUND Follow-up telephone call with Dr. Shanmugam to discuss results and if necessary arrange follow-up Study Schema
American Cancer Society Cancer Facts and Figures 2009. http://www.cancer.org/downloads/STT/500809web.pdf
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Adjuvant tamoxifen has been the mainstay of adjuvant endocrine therapy for decades for woman with early stage hormone receptor positive breast cancer.
The addition of aromatase inhibitors in post-menopausal women with hormone responsive breast cancer, as either initial therapy or after a 2-3 year period of tamoxifen therapy has been shown to decrease reoccurrence rates by 13-40%.
The incorporation of AIs is now considered standard of care therapy.