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NCCN Guidelines for Patients


Breast Cancer - Early-Stage


, Version 1.2016


Breast cancer basics

Treatment options

There are 4 types of endocrine therapy. Antiestrogens

are drugs that stop the effect of estrogen on cancer

cell growth. Aromatase inhibitors are drugs that

lower estrogen levels in the body. Ovarian ablation

uses either surgery or radiation therapy to stop

ovaries from making estrogen. Ovarian suppression

is the use of drugs to stop the ovaries from making


Part 6 Endocrine therapy

addresses if and

what types of endocrine therapy are options for you.

Breast cancer recurrence

Testing to assess the outcomes of cancer treatment is

part of follow-up care. Follow-up care is addressed in

Part 7. Testing may show that the cancer has returned


Part 8 Breast cancer recurrence

addresses what types of treatment are options for you

if the cancer returns.