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Resolution of Menstrually Related Migraine Following Aggressive Treatment for Breast Cancer
Article first published online: 21 DEC 2009
© 2009 the Authors. Journal compilation © 2009 American Headache Society
Headache: The Journal of Head and Face Pain
Volume 50, Issue 3, pages 485–488, March 2010
How to Cite
Smitherman, T. A. and Kolivas, E. D. (2010), Resolution of Menstrually Related Migraine Following Aggressive Treatment for Breast Cancer. Headache: The Journal of Head and Face Pain, 50: 485–488. doi: 10.1111/j.1526-4610.2009.01594.x
- Issue published online: 1 MAR 2010
- Article first published online: 21 DEC 2009
- Accepted for publication November 13, 2009.
- menstrual migraine;
- episodic migraine;
- breast cancer;
- hormone therapy
Hormonal influences associated with the female menstrual cycle play strong roles in both migraine and particular types of breast cancer, but there is limited literature on the effects of breast cancer treatment regimens in women with migraine. The present case describes resolution of menstrually related migraine following aggressive treatment for infiltrating ductal carcinoma (neoadjuvant chemotherapy, single radical mastectomy, and locoregional radiation therapy) that was maintained with supplemental treatment using tamoxifen, an anti-estrogenic agent. This novel case is presented to stimulate further research into the hormonal mechanisms underlying migraine.