The Menopause Rating Scale is a questionnaire evaluating the severity of 11 symptom categories related to menopause on a scale from 0 (no symptoms) to 4 (extremely severe). These include such symptoms as hot flashes, heart discomfort, trouble sleeping, depressive feelings, irritability, sexual problems, vaginal dryness, mental and physical exhaustion, joint and muscular pain, and more. Women assign a number next to each of the eleven symptoms identified on the questionnaire. Three subscales of symptoms are identified and scored: psychological, somatic, and urogenital.
The total and subscale scores are indicative of the severity of a woman’s symptoms and the impact of such symptoms on quality of life. The scale can also be used to measure the impact of treatments to reduce menopausal symptoms. ■
Subcutaneous implants containing testosterone in combination with a low dose of anastrozole can relieve menopausal symptoms in breast cancer survivors, according to research presented at the 2014 ASCO Breast Cancer Symposium.1
“Menopausal symptoms can be quite severe in breast cancer survivors in...