Hormone replacement therapy after a diagnosis of breast cancer: cancer recurrence and mortality

Theresa M Hayes, Craig R Underhill, Kerrie Clarke and Martin HN Tattersall
Med J Aust 2003; 178 (8): . || doi: 10.5694/j.1326-5377.2003.tb05265.x
Published online: 21 April 2003

To the Editor: We urge caution about the recently published findings of Durna and colleagues on use of hormone replacement therapy (HRT) by breast cancer patients.1 They found no increase in risk of breast cancer recurrence or reduction in life expectancy in women using HRT after treatment for primary breast cancer, leading them to conclude that HRT seems a safe treatment for women with a history of breast cancer. We believe that their study has many limitations and consequently their conclusions are unfounded


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