In honor of October being Breast Cancer Awareness month, we will be posting daily informative videos presented association with Beth Israel Medical Center and Dr. Susan K. Boolbol for our series "31 Days of Breast Cancer Discovery". Each day, Dr. Boolbol, who is the Chief of Breast Cancer Surgery at the medical center, will talk about breast cancer and share tips on to how to reduce the risk and what steps should be taken if you are diagnosed with it.
On day 27, Dr. Susan K. Boolbol explains that here are 2 major hormones that doctors look at: estrogen and progesterone. Once the cancer is removed it is tested to see if it is sensitive to either of the hormones the hormones. If it is, that hormone is the food chain to the cancer cell. From there, hormonal treatment through the form of a pill is used to block the hormone from getting to the breast to the cancer does not return. There are 2 types of pills: tomaxifen for younger woman and aromatase inhibitors for post-menopausal women to help prevent the spread and return of the cancer.
For information, contact the Beth Israel Medical Center at 212-884-6231 or visit them online at http://www.wehealny.org.