Breast cancer treatment can affect the health of your bones. Hormonal changes and menopause put some women at increased risk for losing bone tissue because of decreased estrogen levels.
You should be aware of two bone loss conditions:
Talk to your doctor about taking a bone-density test (often called a DEXA scan). You can find out your risk for bone conditions and take action to stay healthy.
Doctors may use a class of drugs called bisphosphonates to treat osteoporosis. These drugs can also help with bone issues related to cancer. They can:
Note, as with any drug, bisphosphonates have side effects. Talk with your healthcare team and ask questions to decide what’s best for you and your bones.
To support your bone health: