8 Updated Bone-Health Guidelines Every Breast Cancer Patient Needs to Know

6. In more advanced cases, patients should participate in bone-retention therapy

Depending on how advanced your cancer is or how at-risk your bones are, your doctor might prescribe bone-retention therapy. This treatment can help prevent fractures, though it may include some side effects. Discuss with your doctor if this option is right for you.

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5. Measure bone mineral density lost during first year of treatment

Your doctor will measure your bone density regularly to see how your body is responding to your treatments. If significant bone loss is occurring, it may require that you undergo further bone-retention therapy.

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4. Doctors may prescribe denosumab or zoledronate

Depending on your treatment, a prescription of denosumab and zoledronate may be in order. Denosumab helps to prevent the recurrence of breast cancer and may be prescribed for six months, while zoledronate helps to prevent bone fracture and may be prescribed for one year. Ask your doctor about these medications to find out if they’ll work for you.

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