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A 33-year-old member asked:

After a laparoscapy (both ovaries removed), do i still need to be on tamoxifen?

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Dr. Barry Rosen
General Surgery 36 years experience
Yes: The absence of your ovaries should not change the indications for taking tamoxifen. However, many oncologists will switch their patients from tamoxifen to an aromatase inhibitor following menopause. Accordingly, you should consult your physician who prescribed the tamoxifen.
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Dr. Devon Webster
Medical Oncology 24 years experience
Yes!: Tamoxifen sticks to estrogen receptors on your breast cancer cells, blocking those receptors. It prevents estrogen from turning on the receptors and making cancer cells grow. Having your ovaries removed decreases the estrogen your body makes, but not completely. Believe it or not, your fat cells make estrogen, too! ask your oncologist about which drugs are best for you.
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Last updated Jan 27, 2017


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