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Tamoxifen Breast Pain
Not intended for: This drug is not intended for this but i understand that there are a few endocrinologists who are using this in an off label fashion for this purpose and there are some illicit anabolic steroid body builders who use this to minimize the development of male breasts. It generally will not reverse existing breast tissue or we would use if for female breast reduction. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
This medication is used to: treat breast cancer that has spread to other parts of the body in men and women. Treat early breast cancer in women who have already been treated with surgery, radiation, and/or chemotherapy. Reduce the risk of developing a more serious type of breast cancer in women who have had ductal carcinoma in situ (dcis; a type of breast cancer ...Read more
No.: Male breast enlargement at age 79 is usually due to weight gain and decreasing testosterone, not excess estrogens. Anti-estrogen drugs are not indicated, but full endocrine work up can eliminate hormonal concerns. Gynecomastia is treated with plastic surgery to excise any glandular component (very fibrotic) and liposuction for fatty components. Large breast may require skin removal and tailoring. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
On the Contrary: Tamoxifen is a very effective drug for the treatment of hormone-sensitive (estrogen receptor +) breast cancers that has spread outside the breast. It may be used alone or in combination with traditional IV chemotherapy, depending on the cancer stage. Furthermore, tamoxifen has been shown to be effective reducing the chance of developing breast cancer in high-risk women ("chemoprevention"). ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
May surprise you but: ...Folks with high risk for breast cancer (without cancer) can take it to reduce their risk. It's not for everybody and should be done under the care of a specialist in the field. Anybody else will get the side effects (hot flashes and increased risk for blood clots and uterine cancer) for no gain at all. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Talk to your doctor: Tamoxifen has other indications aside from treatment of breast cancer such as reducing the risk of breast cancer in women who carry high risk for developing breast cancer. It has many side effects that need to be taken into consideration before taking this medicine. It needs to be prescribed by a health care provider who is familiar in its indications and side effects. Do not take it on your own. ...Read more
Yes: Tamoxifen is an antiestrogen that blocks the ability of breast cancer cells to use estrogen; therefore, it is only effective in hormone sensitive (estrogen receptor +) breast cancers. When taken for 5 years, tamoxifen has been shown to both stop the growth of cancer cells in breast cancer patients and to prevent the development of breast cancer in women that are at high risk. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
It depends.: Tamoxifen is used to treat hormone-sensitive breast cancer. This is determined by checking for estrogen receptors (er) and Progesterone receptors (pr) on the cancer. If the cancer is er+ and pr- (or vice-versa), it should respond to tamoxifen. However, if the cancer is er- and pr-, tamoxifen is not effective. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Additional info: Also let me add additional alternatives if pre-menopausal 1) bilateral oophorectomy (surgical or radiation) 2) chemical oophorectomy (goserelin or gnrh agonist). If this were chosen your oncologist might recommend aromatase inhibitor therapy, although this is a controversial topic. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
And new primaries: Tamoxifen blocks estrogen and Progesterone receptors which when stimulated can cause remnant cancer cells to be stimulated to grow back and also can cause normal cells to be overstimulated to develop into new hormonally sensitive cancer. Statistically it reduces the chance of recurrence by 30% and reduces the chance of a second primary by 50%. ...Read moreSee 4 more doctor answers
Simple question from a breast cancer patien, she have only 20mg nolvadex (tamoxifen) and need 10mg a day can she split the 20mg tablet in half?
Should I take tamoxifen to reduce the risk of a new tumor if my breast tumor does not have hormone receptors?
No: At this time, we don't have any research evidence showing benefit of tamoxifen if your breast cancer was negative for the estrogen and Progesterone receptor. Tamoxifen has risks (blood clots, stroke, uterine cancer) and side effects, so it should not be taken without a good reason. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
My nipples are leaking what looks like breast milk, i'm male and 19 this is the 1st time its happened, i'm also on tamoxifen if this helps now for 1 w?
Follow up with Dr.: Some doctors use tamoxifen to block Estrogens in teen boys and men with breast development. An endocrinologist can help check the hormones to see if there is an unusual imbalance. If there is are unusual hormone results, the doctor can look for the source of the problem (if something is producing excess hormones). Normal teen boys often have temporary breast bud(s) development. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Chemotherapy: Tamoxifen is a very effective drug for the treatment of hormone-sensitive (estrogen receptor +) breast cancers. It may be used alone or in combination with traditional IV chemotherapy, depending on the cancer stage. Furthermore, tamoxifen has been shown to be effective reducing the chance of developing breast cancer in high-risk women ("chemoprevention"). ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes. like ERT: The increase risk is similar to that of unopposed estrogen replacement therapy. It is important that all your doctors (esp your gyn in this case) are aware what medications you're taking and report any irregular vaginal bleeding/discharge or other pelvic symptoms. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
What are the risks of breast cancer returning within a year of original treatment if taking tamoxifen?
Breast pain is common. It is typically experienced during the menstrual period. Pain can range from mild tenderness, burning, dull ache, sharp or stabbing. It can be experienced in 1 or both breasts. Fibrocystic changes is the most common cause of breast pain. Hormonal medications (birth control, hormones) can cause pain as well. Infection ...Read more
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