Managing Menopausal Symptoms in Breast Cancer Survivors
Annual rept. 23 Sep 96-22 Sep 97
CALIFORNIA UNIV LOS ANGELES
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Symptoms of estrogen deprivation commonly occur in breast cancer survivors as a result of natural menopause, or menopause that is precipitated prematurely by chemotherapy or anti-estrogen therapy with tamoxifen. In this research program, we are evaluating the role of a comprehensive menopausal assessment CMA and intervention program for management of menopausal symptoms in breast cancer survivors. During the past funding year, we have continued recruiting women and randomizing them into the experimental or usual care groups. The experimental group receives immediate assessment and intervention for their symptoms, while the usual care group receives no menopause related intervention during a four month period of observation. Systematic assessment of each breast cancer survivor assigned to the intervention group permits treatment of multiple symptoms simultaneously with a variety of non-estrogen pharmacologic, educational and behavioral interventions. We will be assessing the impact of the intervention on quality of life and the resolution of specific menopausal symptoms.
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