Further resources for the breast cancer and menopausal symptoms section
If you have an early menopause or menopausal symptoms as a result of breast cancer treatment, you might find the following organisations and clinical references useful.
Bladder and Bowel Foundation
The Bladder and Bowel Foundation
provides information and support for all types of bladder problems. Produces a leaflet explaining how to do pelvic floor exercises, which can be downloaded from the website.
Breast Cancer Care
Breast Cancer Care
provides information, practical assistance and emotional support for anyone affected by breast cancer. Specialist breast care nurses run the helpline. Offers a peer support service with a trained supporter who has experienced breast cancer.
The British Complementary Medicine Association (BCMA)
The BCMA is an umbrella organisation, which produces a code of conduct and register of complementary therapists. Phone numbers of practitioners are available on request.
British Wheel of Yoga
The BWY is the governing body of yoga in the UK. Can provide a list of yoga classes and teachers in your area.
The Daisy Network
The Daisy Network is a support group for women with premature menopause. Produces a regular newsletter. For more information send a large (A4) stamped, self-addressed envelope.
National Osteoporosis Society
The National Osteoporosis Society promotes the prevention and treatment of osteoporosis. Services include a national helpline answered by experienced nurses, publications and a network of support groups.
Fertility Friends is a web-based information and support community. Message boards allow you to ask a nurse and other relevant professionals questions, or to chat with other people affected by infertility.
The information about breast cancer and menopausal symptoms has been compiled using information from a number of reliable sources, including:
Early and locally advanced breast cancer : Diagnosis and treatment . 2009. The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE).
Brown J, Wright B. Use of gabapentin in patients experiencing hot flashes. Pharmacotherapy. 2009. 29(1):74-81.
Bordeleau L, et al. Therapeutic options for the management of hot flashes in breast cancer survivors. Clinical Therapeutics. 2007. 29(2):230–241.
Hickey M, et al. Management of menopausal symptoms in patients with breast cancer: an evidence-based approach. Lancet Oncology. 2005. 6:687–95.