A number of treatment options are available for breast cancer, including:
- Radiation therapy
- Hormone therapy
- Biological therapy.
The treatment that is best for a particular person will depend on the stage of breast cancer and many other factors. For women who have gone through menopause, a healthcare provider may recommend treatment with Femara® (letrozole), a drug that belongs to a class of medications known as aromatase inhibitors. These medicines work by decreasing the production of hormones in the body.
However, Femara isn't always the best choice. In some cases, it may not be effective for a woman's breast cancer, or it may cause serious side. Femara alternatives can include other aromatase inhibitors, such as anastrozole (Arimidex®) or exemestane (Aromasin®).
Other options include different classes of medication, such as chemotherapy or biological therapy.
(To learn more about the alternatives to Femara, click Breast Cancer Medication. This article takes an in-depth look at the other types of drugs that are used for breast cancer, explaining the advantages of each.)