The GP Fact File on Postmenopausal Breast Cancer provides up-to-date information for GPs on the diagnosis and treatment of postmenopausal breast cancer. The authors are Professor David Dodwell, consultant clinical oncologist, and Dr. Lorcan O’Toole, specialist registrar in clinical oncology, at Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust. The fact file addresses issues such as the importance of early diagnosis, hormone receptor positive breast cancer, the risk of breast cancer recurrence after five years of tamoxifen therapy, and extended adjuvant therapy. In summary, early diagnosis and treatment of postmenopausal breast cancer is essential. The majority of patients will be treated with breast-conserving surgery and radiotherapy, followed by hormonal treatment. The optimal duration of treatment is undefined, but at least five years is recommended, or extended adjuvant treatment beyond five years if tamoxifen alone has been used.

The fact file has been supported by Novartis. To request a copy, please email your name, GMC number and surgery address to [email protected]

Originally published in the June 2008 edition of MIMS Oncology & Palliative Care.

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