Adherence to Long-term Adjuvant Hormonal Therapy for Breast Cancer

Carolyn Gotay; Julia Dunn

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Expert Rev Pharmacoeconomics Outcomes Res. 2011;11(6):709-715. 

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Tamoxifen and AIs are among the first examples of targeted therapies for cancer. These treatments reflect challenges associated with such approaches: for example, the necessity for prolonged and self-administered treatment, and the prevalence of side effects that differ from those associated with standard cancer therapies. Targeted therapies call for a new paradigm for cancer treatment, in which monitoring for adherence will be needed not only by the oncologist, but also by the primary care provider; and where attention to strategies to maintain and enhance the patient's quality of life is critical to ensure that the treatment has its optimal impact.

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