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does breast cancer medication have any link to mild strokes?

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Dr. Calvin Weisberger
50 years experience Cardiology
Cva: Cancer is associated with clotting. Chemotherapy can sometimes also have this relationship, separating them is difficult.
Answered on Apr 14, 2013
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Dr. Barry Rosen
33 years experience General Surgery
Tamoxifen & Strokes: Tamoxifen can slightly increase the risk of blood clots, potentially leading to a stroke or a dvt. This is not unlike birth control pills and is especially concerning in high-risk people (heart disease, smokers, prior clots). A similar class of drugs, aromatase inhibitors, is as or more effective than tamoxifen for estrogen (+) pts w/o the clotting risk, but it is only effective after menopause.
Answered on Dec 9, 2013
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