Certain types of breast cancer require estrogen to grow. Tamoxifen is a drug taken orally in pill form that blocks the actions of estrogen. It is one of the most widely used drugs in the battle against breast cancer, with more than 1 million people taking it worldwide.
Here’s the dealio (as my daughter always says)….
According to a large, long-term study by British scientists, breast cancer patients who take the generic drug tamoxifen for five years are less likely to see their cancer return than those who take it for only two years. For more information, check out msnbc.com & The Journal of Clinical Oncology.
Even newer research now suggests that taking Tamoxifen for 10 years instead of 5 years leads to even better survival rates in breast cancer patients. (see article on NBC)
Common side effects are hot flashes and fatigue. But patients determined to beat the cancer long term say it’s a small price to pay.
THE BOTTOMLINE: If you are taking tamoxifen, talk to your doctor about taking it even longer….