Preventing bone loss in patients treated for breast cancer

Impact: Health impacts


Aromatase inhibitors (AIs) significantly improve survival from breast cancer but are associated with increases in osteoporotic fractures and bone mineral density loss. Research at the University of Manchester (UoM) has provided key evidence that has contributed to preventing debilitating bone demineralisation safely in breast cancer patients undergoing adjuvant therapy with AIs. UoM findings have led to an international consensus on guidelines recommending Dual-energy X-ray Absorptiometry (DEXA) scanning to identify patients at risk of bone loss as well as the use of bisphosphonates where bone loss has been identified. Further guidelines advise against the use of HRT to treat bone loss as a result of its association with breast cancer recurrence
Impact date2014
Category of impactHealth impacts
Impact levelBenefit