Study highlights concern over hot flushes

Hot flushes are one of the most distressing elements of breast cancer treatment, say patients, with some tempted to give up endocrine therapy to try to stop them, a UK study shows.

More than 70% of women who have had breast cancer experience menopausal symptoms, hot flushes in particular, following treatment. These can persist for more than five years and affect sleep, social situations, intimate relationships and ability to work.