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Bisphosphonates are not used to prevent bone metastases in women with breast cancer that has either:
Vitamin D and calcium citrate may be given along with bisphosphonates to help strengthen bone.
Different types of bisphosphonates have different uses in breast cancer. For more detailed information on specific drugs, go to sources of drug information.
The types of bisphosphonates used to treat bone metastases from breast cancer are:
Along with bisphosphonate therapy, other methods of pain management may be offered for women who have pain from bone metastases.
Osteoporosis is a condition in which there is loss of bone mass (density) and bone tissue deteriorates. Bones may break easily because they become weak, brittle and fragile.
Osteoporosis is a long-term side effect of aromatase inhibitors used to treat breast cancer.
The bisphosphonates used to prevent and treat osteoporosis include:
The Canadian Cancer Society provides helpful information about government income programs, financial resources and other resources available to families struggling to make sense of the personal financial burden they face.