Joint Pain From Cancer Treatment
Painful joints can cause some women to stop taking breast cancer drugs.
Aromatase inhibitors are used mainly in two situations. First, a woman newly diagnosed with a breast cancer tumor of a specific size who has undergone surgery will be given an aromatase inhibitor to take for five years, and possibly up to 10 years, to prevent the cancer from coming back. "This is someone who doesn't have cancer right now," says Dr. LeGrand. "It's given for prevention."