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Medical News & Perspectives
August 28, 2018

Can Acupuncture Keep Women on Their Breast Cancer Drugs?

JAMA. 2018;320(8):744-746. doi:10.1001/jama.2018.11068

A class of drugs called aromatase inhibitors (AIs) are a cornerstone of breast cancer treatment, but they come at a steep physical price. About half of women who take this form of hormone therapy develop arthritis-like joint stiffness and pain for still-unknown reasons.

“When we started using these medicines, the first thing that women would say is, ‘This medication makes me feel like an old lady,’” said oncologist Dawn Hershman, MD, who leads the breast cancer program at Columbia University Medical Center’s cancer center in New York City.

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