Management of hot flashes in women with breast cancer

Curr Oncol. 2010 Feb;17(1):81-6. doi: 10.3747/co.v17i1.473.


Hormone-suppression therapies are used for the treatment of breast cancer in the adjuvant and metastatic settings alike. However, side effects-including hot flashes-are frequently reported by patients as a cause of therapy discontinuation. This paper presents an overview of hormonal therapies and the evidence-based management options for hot flashes, summarized in a treatment algorithm.

Keywords: Breast cancer; aromatase inhibitors; hot flashes; tamoxifen.