Supporting women whose lives have been touched by breast cancer

Letrozole (Femara)

by MRB

Femara is very similar to Arimidex and works in the same way. The hospital where I am treated seems to prescribe Femara rather than Arimidex, I have no idea why!

You may be given these tablets to help prevent recurrence of your cancer, or to control secondaries. When I was 56 I was diagnosed with bc after a routine mammogram - then 3 weeks later a scan showed bone mets. I took Femara for almost three years. There were no troublesome side effects, just mild hot flushes and a few joint aches - only twinges really, and even these stopped after a few months.

Unfortunately, Femara began to fail for me, and I am now on a different hormone therapy, but it did give me three good years of treatment.