What Are Aromatase Inhibitors?

0
Breast cancer cells

Breast cancer cells

Aromatase inhibitors are drugs given to patients with hormone-receptor-positive breast cancer (HR+). They target the aromatase enzyme, which helps produce female hormones such as estrogen.

Estrogen drives the growth of many HR+ tumors, and these drugs help control estrogen production, says Harold Burstein, MD, PhD, a breast cancer specialist in the Susan F. Smith Center for Women’s Cancers at Dana-Farber.

Aromatase inhibitors can help prevent breast cancer recurrence and help control advanced cases of breast cancer in postmenopausal women, he adds.

Learn more about aromatase inhibitors in the video below.

    Make An Appointment

    For adults: 877-960-1562

    Quick access: Appointments as soon as the next day for new adult patients

    For children: 888-733-4662

    All content in these blogs is provided by independent writers and does not represent the opinions or advice of Dana-Farber Cancer Institute or its partners.

    Latest Tweets

    Dana-Farber @danafarber
    It’s not uncommon for #cancer patients to take to a pen after a diagnosis. Peter Rooney’s taken that to another lev… https://t.co/7pN3gmAtjN
    Dana-Farber @danafarber
    People with certain chronic health conditions, including cancer, have a higher risk of becoming ill with the flu. A… https://t.co/tZYmreT9rp
    Dana-Farber @danafarber
    RT @TheJimmyFund: Help us spread kindness today. For every retweet, Cancer Fighters Club will give $10 – up to $4,000 – to support @DanaFar…

    Republish our posts on your blog

    Interested in sharing one of our stories on your blog? Feel free to republish this content! We just ask that you credit Dana-Farber, link to the original article, and refrain from making edits that change the original context. Questions? Email the editors at insight_blog@dfci.harvard.edu.