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Managing Menopausal Symptoms in Young Women With Breast Cancer: When Medicine Is Not All. The Take Care Project

Published:January 31, 2021DOI:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.clbc.2021.01.010

      Abstract

      In the last decade, endocrine therapy strategies in perimenopausal women with hormone-responsive early breast cancer (BC) have changed and now ovarian function suppression (OFS) is recommended for the majority of patients. Side effects of OFS mimic menopausal symptoms, including hot flushes, sweats, weight gain, and sexual dysfunction, which may negatively impact quality of life (QoL). Aims of the Take Care Project are the education of physicians and patients to have all the information (medical and nonmedical) they need to manage menopausal symptoms by distributing educational materials useful to face menopause. Four different areas have been identified by surveys conducted among physicians and young patients: for each area, interventions and tools have been elaborated by a doctor and nonphysician professionals of these identified areas, to offer the widest information available. Clinical and practical suggestions have been provided. Based on the evidence given, we strongly suggest setting up a multidisciplinary team for the treatment planning of young patients with BC, which could help patients to face and manage their new menopause condition. The reduction of side effects and the improvement in QoL should be the best ally to treat young patients with BC.

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