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Title: Investigating the effects of aromatase inhibitors on the musculoskeletal system
Author: Shujja-Ud-Din, Omar S.
ISNI:       0000 0004 5357 8391
Awarding Body: University of Sheffield
Current Institution: University of Sheffield
Date of Award: 2014
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Aromatase Inhibitors (AIs) are a standard of care for the adjuvant treatment of hormone responsive early carcinoma of the breast as demonstrated in a number of large international phase III randomised trials. Arthralgia was a somewhat unexpected side effect of this class of agents and has proven to be potentially problematic in clinical practice. Although rates of up 35% have been reported in the randomised trials, the figure has been much higher in subsequent case series. There is concern that these symptoms are significant and may affect compliance and thus the overall efficacy of treatment. It is therefore extremely important that we evaluate this syndrome with a view to gaining more information regarding its clinical features and possible aetiological mechanism. The potential aetiological mechanisms and evidence for Aromatase Inhibitor Arthralgia (AIA) are reviewed in this thesis. Looking forward, it is now important that prospective clinical trials are well designed to evaluate this syndrome and potential therapeutic strategies to circumvent it. Radiological imaging and biochemical analyses may help our understanding of AIA and these are discussed. This syndrome has been investigated in a prospective controlled study (ARIAD), which forms the main focus of this thesis. In addition, a second study of the attitudes of UK breast clinicians regarding AIA has been completed and is reported here.
Supervisor: Coleman, Robert E. ; Dodwell, David Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (M.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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