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Menopausal Hormone Therapy May Increase the Risk of Lung Cancer Death, Especially for Smokers.

This study showed that women who received hormone therapy with estrogen and progestin to help cope with the symptoms of menopause have a higher risk of dying from NSCLC if they develop the disease. They are not more likely to develop NSCLC than woman who did not receive hormone therapy. The risk of dying from lung cancer was higher for women with NSCLC who received hormone therapy and smoke.

WHAT THIS MEANS FOR PATIENTS:

"Many women entering menopause have symptoms that may make them consider taking hormone therapy," said lead author Rowan Chleboski, MD, PhD,medical oncologist at the Los Angeles Biomedical Research Institute at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center.

"Other studies have shown that women taking hormone therpay have a higher risk of stoke and breast cancer. The results of this study show that women considering hormone therapy adn their doctors should discuss the risks of hormone therapy, especially for women who smoke."

Additional studies are needed to find out the degree of this risk for women and the effects of hormones on lung cancer.

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