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Anastrozole Oral tablet
What is this medicine?
ANASTROZOLE (an AS troe zole) is used to treat breast cancer in women who have gone through menopause. Some types of breast cancer depend on estrogen to grow, and this medicine can stop tumor growth by blocking estrogen production.
This medicine may be used for other purposes; ask your health care provider or pharmacist if you have questions.
What should I tell my health care provider before I take this medicine?
They need to know if you have any of these conditions:
an unusual or allergic reaction to anastrozole, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives
pregnant or trying to get pregnant
How should I use this medicine?
Take this medicine by mouth with a glass of water. Follow the directions on the prescription label. You can take this medicine with or without food. Take your doses at regular intervals. Do not take your medicine more often than directed. Do not stop taking except on the advice of your doctor or health care professional.
Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. Special care may be needed.
Overdosage: If you think you have taken too much of this medicine contact a poison control center or emergency room at once.
NOTE: This medicine is only for you. Do not share this medicine with others.
What if I miss a dose?
If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you can. If it is almost time for your next dose, take only that dose. Do not take double or extra doses.
What may interact with this medicine?
Do not take this medicine with any of the following medications:
This medicine may also interact with the following medications:
This list may not describe all possible interactions. Give your health care provider a list of all the medicines, herbs, non-prescription drugs, or dietary supplements you use. Also tell them if you smoke, drink alcohol, or use illegal drugs. Some items may interact with your medicine.
What should I watch for while using this medicine?
Visit your doctor or health care professional for regular checks on your progress. Let your doctor or health care professional know about any unusual vaginal bleeding.
Do not treat yourself for diarrhea, nausea, vomiting or other side effects. Ask your doctor or health care professional for advice.
What side effects may I notice from receiving this medicine?
Side effects that you should report to your doctor or health care professional as soon as possible:
allergic reactions like skin rash, itching or hives, swelling of the face, lips, or tongue
any new or unusual symptoms
leg pain or swelling
Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your doctor or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome):
This list may not describe all possible side effects. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
Where should I keep my medicine?
Keep out of the reach of children.
Store at room temperature between 20 and 25 degrees C (68 and 77 degrees F). Throw away any unused medicine after the expiration date.
The Department of Radiology is proud to introduce its new state-of-the-art Digital Mammography System in the fight against breast cancer. Broward Health Imperial Point patients now have access to the latest full-field digital technology for screening and diagnostic mammograms. This new technology enables the Radiologist to detect and further characterize suspicious or obscure pathology more precisely from the enhanced visibility and high contrast images the new system provides.
When it's time for your annual mammogram, ask your physician to prescribe a digital mammogram at Broward Health Imperial Point. Digital mammography is your newest ally in the fight against breast cancer. Digital images appear in seconds on a computer screen, revealing an exciting new world of diagnostic possibilities.
- Better visibility at the skin line
- Greater image flexibility
- Shorter exam times
- Faster results
- Fewer call backs
- Less anxiety
According to the National Breast Cancer Foundation, Inc, breast cancer incidence in women has increased from one in 20 in 1960 to one in eight today. If detected early, the five-year survival rate for this disease exceeds 95%.
Similar to conventional film mammography, digital mammography utilizes the same breast positioning and compression. However, the new digital system allows for significantly less compression time during the mammogram, in addition to less waiting time between patients.
What are the benefits of digital mammography?
- Up to 40% less radiation dose over standard film mammography
- Results are seen more quickly
- Fewer callbacks or retakes
- More precise image quality for more accurate diagnosis
Give yourself the best technology when you schedule your annual mammogram!
Changing breast care forever
Request your digital mammogram for all the right reasons:
A digital mammography exam usually takes less than half the time of a traditional film-based exam, and there's less of a chance you'll be called back to retake your images.
Your physician will gain viewing options with the unique ability to enhance certain areas to get a more precise picture of your condition.
Your breast images can be zoomed in and out, and the contrast can be lightened or darkened. Also, through an inverting feature, black can reverse to white and white can change to black. This feature helps detect microcalcifications, which is like revealing a grain of salt in a ball of clay. All these image enhancements help aid in proper diagnosis.
Digital images give better visibility of the breast, particularly near the skin line, chest wall and in women with dense breast tissue. Also, digital images are helpful for women with implants and for imaging patients with known abnormalities.
Digital images can be viewed on workstations anywhere in the world allowing physicians to compare current images to past images.
Breast MRI Screening
For high risk patients, breast MRI can detect minuscule breast cancers. Breast MRI is a breast-imaging technique that captures multiple cross-sectional pictures of the breast and combines them to create detailed, 2-D and 3-D pictures. It is performed when doctors need more information than what a mammogram, ultrasound or clinical breast exam can provide. It works regardless of breast size, density, patient age, presence of implants and/or prior surgery.
Other benefits include:
- Detects 2-8% more cancers than physical exams or mammography
- Almost 100% sensitive for breast cancers down to 3 mm
- Allows for earlier diagnosis with more favorable tumor stage
Early detection is on your side
Every day we learn more about breast cancer and how to win the battle. One fact is very clear – the distinct advantage of early detection. Fortunately, breast cancer is highly detectable through digital mammography screening. If breast cancer is detected early, before it spreads, 98 percent of the women will be alive five years later. The earlier it’s discovered, the earlier it’s treated, the better your chance of survival.
Still have questions?
Find the answers to the most common questions about digital mammography here.
If you have a physician prescription for a mammogram, call Central Scheduling at 954-759-7500 for an appointment at Broward Health Imperial Point.
If you need a physician referral, please call the Broward Health Line at 954-759-7400.