Safety of hormone replacement therapy after mastectomy

Robert N Hitchins and Christopher M Pyke
Med J Aust 2002; 176 (12): . || doi: 10.5694/j.1326-5377.2002.tb04601.x
Published online: 17 June 2002

To the Editor: I was pleased to see the issue of hormone replacement therapy (HRT) after breast cancer raised by Del Mar and colleagues in a recent issue of the Journal.1 However, I was a little disappointed to see that Australian research in this area had been "missed" by their search.2,3 There are a number of other studies that I am aware of which would suggest to me that perhaps their search technique was not particularly thorough.4-7

  • 1 Allamanda Medical Centre, Southport, QLD.
  • 2 Mater Medical Centre, South Brisbane, QLD.


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  • 3. Girgis S, Ward JE, Thomson CJH. General practitioners' perceptions of medicolegal risk. Med J Aust 1999; 171: 362-366.
  • 4. Levinson W. Physician-patient communication. A key to malpractice prevention [editorial]. JAMA 1994; 272: 1619-1620.
  • 5. Brewer EC. Dictionary of phrase and fable. Philadelphia: Henry Altemus, 1898; Bartleby, 2000.


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