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Managing menopausal symptoms after breast cancer – A multidisciplinary approach

  • Paul A. Cohen
    Correspondence
    Corresponding author at: St. John of God Hospital, Bendat Family Comprehensive Cancer Centre, 12 Salvado Road, Subiaco, Western Australia, Australia.
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    St. John of God Hospital Bendat Family Comprehensive Cancer Centre, 12 Salvado Road, Subiaco, Western Australia 6008, Australia

    School of Women's and Infants’ Health, University of Western Australia, 35 Stirling Highway, Crawley, Western Australia 6009, Australia

    Institute for Health Research, University of Notre Dame Australia, 32 Mouat Street Fremantle, Western Australia 6160, Australia
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  • Annabelle Brennan
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    Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Royal Women's Hospital, 20 Flemington Road, Parkville, Victoria 3052, Australia
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  • Jennifer L. Marino
    Affiliations
    Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, The University of Melbourne, Parkville, Victoria 3052, Australia

    Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Royal Women's Hospital, 20 Flemington Road, Parkville, Victoria 3052, Australia
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  • Christobel M. Saunders
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    Division of Surgery, School of Medicine, University of Western Australia, Crawley, Western Australia, Australia
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  • Martha Hickey
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    Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, The University of Melbourne, Parkville, Victoria 3052, Australia

    Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Royal Women's Hospital, 20 Flemington Road, Parkville, Victoria 3052, Australia
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      Highlights

      • Menopausal symptoms after breast cancer are common and may be severe.
      • Menopausal symptoms may lead to decreased compliance with adjuvant hormonal therapy.
      • Multidisciplinary care is associated with improved outcomes after breast cancer.

      Abstract

      More than 6 million women worldwide are living with a past diagnosis of breast cancer. Most survive their illness, and management of the long-term consequences of treatment has become a priority in cancer care. Menopausal symptoms affect most breast cancer survivors and may significantly impair quality of life. We describe a multidisciplinary model to evaluate and manage these women using a patient-focused approach. The ‘Multidisciplinary Menopause After Cancer Clinic’ includes gynecologists, endocrinologists, GPs, a psychologist and a clinical nurse specialist. Benefits of this model include improved coordination of patient care, education, communication and evidence-based decision making.

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