The Role of Aromasin in the Hormonal Therapy of Breast Cancer

Magdolna DANK

Department of Diagnostic Radiology and Oncotherapy, Semmelweis University, Budapest, Hungary


In the last 40 years tamoxifen and progestogens constituted the basis of hormonal therapy. Introduction of the third generation, selective, anti-aromatase agents added effective drugs of good tolerability to the anti-cancer armamentarium. Exemestane, an oral steroidal-type aromatase inhibitor - which irreversibly blocks aromatase - is very effective in the treatment of metastatic breast cancer. As a second line therapy, exemestane is more effective and causes less side effects than megestrol-acetate. Its administration as first line therapy gave promising results. The role of exemestane in adjuvant treatment has not yet been soundly established but trials are ongoing. It may be effective as neoadjuvant treatment in selected groups of patients. Future studies will clarify exemestane’s role in chemoprevention and in the treatment of post-menopausal women administered together with cytostatic agents. Pathology & Oncology Research, Vol 8, Nr 2, 87-92, 2002

Key words: exemestane; aromasin; hormonal therapy; breast cancer

Received: May 24, 2002; accepted: Jun 10, 2002
Correspondence: Magdolna DANK, Department of Diagnostic Radiology and Oncotherapy, Semmelweis University, Üllôi út 78a Budapest H1082, Hungary; Tel: 36-1-3144671, Fax: 36-1-3144671; E-mail:

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