Musculoskeletal disorders

Osteoporosis in breast cancer

About Osteoporosis in breast cancer

Estrogen protects bone density. Chemotherapy and some surgeries for breast cancer cause lower estrogen levels, so women who've had breast cancer are at higher risk of developing osteoporosis, or low bone mineral density. Doctors assess bone health with a bone mineral density test, and osteoporosis is treated with medications and calcium/vitamin D supplements. To lower your risk of osteoporosis, it's good to eat a diet high in calcium (from dairy products and dark, leafy greens) and vitamin D (from fatty fish and milk), and get regular, weight-bearing exercise.

All Medications for Osteoporosis in breast cancer

  • Prolia
    Prescription only

    Prolia (Denosumab) is an effective and convenient treatment for osteoporosis if other options haven’t worked or aren’t appropriate for you. There’re risks of some rare side effects, so make sure you're following up with your doctor regularly.

    • Available dosage forms:
    • Injection

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