A class of drugs called aromatase inhibitors are at the cornerstone of breast cancer treatments. This class of drugs blocks the conversion of testosterone to estrogen. The problem with this class is the side effect of arthritis. These drugs are prescribed for 5 to 10 years- examples are letrozole, anastrozole, tamoxifen and exemestane. I have many patients who abandon this treatment due to the arthritis.
A recent study looked at using acupuncture to alleviate the pain. This is a wonderful way to allow you to continue the breast cancer treatment if the patient wants. Many of those women taking these drugs complain of feeling old and stiff after taking aromatase inhibitors. Acupuncture was an effective treatment option in this group of patients
There are supplements and herbs that act like aromatase inhibitors. These are chrysin, pomegranate seeds and even Red Clover