Statins may decrease skeletal-related events in breast cancer patients with bone metastases

Dincer M., Bulut N., Harputluoglu H., Altundag K.

MEDICAL HYPOTHESES, vol.67, no.5, pp.1146-1147, 2006 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 67 Issue: 5
  • Publication Date: 2006
  • Doi Number: 10.1016/j.mehy.2006.05.009
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.1146-1147
  • Hacettepe University Affiliated: Yes


Metastasis to the skeleton frequently occurs in breast carcinoma patients resulting in different skeletal-related events including pain, hypercatcemia, pathological fracture, and spinal cord or nerve root compression. Bisphosphonates are class of agents most frequently used to reduce skeletal-retated events in patients with bone metastases by inhibiting osteoclast activity through inhibition of mevolanate pathway which is also important in cholesterol synthesis. Statins are cholesterol lowering agents and inhibit the same pathway. Therefore statins may also reduce sketetal-retated events in breast cancer patients with bone metastases by inhibiting osteoctastic activity. (c) 2006 Elsevier Ltd. Alt rights reserved.