Dr. Harness shares if hot flashes are treated with hormone replacement therapy (HRT) after breast cancer treatments.
Dr. Harness, M.D.:
Yes. There is research about hormone replacement therapy after being treated for breast cancer. The area is controversial. There are other ways of treating the hot flashes for those who are estrogen deprived. Most medical oncologists are familiar with the medications that are available, and the recommendation should come, in my view, from a medical oncologist.
The controversy about hormone replacement therapy after breast cancer treatment, I think is going to continue. There are camps of pros and there are camps of cons, and I am not sure what the right answer is, other than the controversy exists.
About Dr. Harness, M.D.:
Dr. Jay Harness, M.D., is the Director at St. Joseph Hospital Comprehensive Breast Center. Practicing medicine for 35 years, Dr. Harness specializes in general surgery and medical oncology. Graduating medical school from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, he conducting his internship and residency at the University of Michigan Medical Center. Recognized nationally and internationally for his work in breast and endocrine surgery, Dr. Harness is the immediate past-President of The American Society of Breast Surgeons and is President-elect of Breast Surgery International. Dr. Harness can assist patients in English, Spanish, and Vietnamese.