What Is Anastrozole Used For? -- An Overview
) is a prescription medication used to treat breast cancer
in postmenopausal women. Specific anastrozole uses include treating postmenopausal women with:
- Early breast cancer that is hormone receptor-positive. It is used after breast cancer surgery with or without radiation. This is known as adjuvant therapy, or treatment that is used to help prevent the cancer from returning (see Adjuvant Therapy for Breast Cancer).
- Advanced or metastatic breast cancer that is either hormone receptor-positive or the hormone receptor status is not known.
- Advanced breast cancer that has not responded to tamoxifen (Nolvadex®, Soltamox®).
Understanding Breast Cancer
Women in the United States get breast cancer more than any other type of cancer, except for skin cancer
. Each year, more than 211,000 American women learn that they have breast cancer. Most breast cancer causes
are not known. In 5 to 10 percent of these cases, there is a hereditary component. Common breast cancer symptoms
- A lump or thickening in or near the breast or in the underarm area
- A change in how the breast or nipple feels
- Nipple tenderness
- A change in how the breast or nipple looks
- A change in the size or shape of the breast
- A nipple turned inward into the breast
- Nipple discharge (fluid).