By Elizabeth Millard, Nov 30, 2023

“These drugs lower the production of estrogen, since that can cause cancer growth in certain types of breast cancer,” says Kecia Gaither, M.D., director of perinatal services and maternal fetal medicine at NYC Health and Hospitals/Lincoln in New York City. “Both are primarily considered as adjuvant treatment for menopausal or postmenopausal women, particularly in early-stage treatment.” (The term “adjuvant” means it’s a treatment that’s given after an initial treatment, such as surgery, is complete.)

While they work similarly, they interact differently with other drugs and also come with assorted side effects. Bone up on both before having a conversation with your doctor about which option may be right for you.

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