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Is nolvadex (tamoxifen) for getting rid of man breasts or not?

Is nolvadex (tamoxifen) for getting rid of man breasts or not?

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 more

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Dr. Sean Canale
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Tamoxifen (Definition)

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


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Can tamoxifen or raloxifene reduce male breasts (gynemostia)?

Can tamoxifen or raloxifene reduce male breasts (gynemostia)?

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 more

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Is tamoxifen effective only if the cancer has not spread outside of the breast?

Is tamoxifen effective only if the cancer has not spread outside of the breast?

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 more

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I was wondering what would happen if someone took tamoxifen if you didn't have breast cancer?

I was wondering what would happen if someone took tamoxifen if you didn't have breast cancer?

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 more

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What could happen if someone took tamoxifen if they didn't have breast cancer?

What could happen if someone took tamoxifen if they didn't have breast cancer?

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

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Does tamoxifen stop breast cancer from growing?

Does tamoxifen stop breast cancer from growing?

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 more

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Can tamoxifen stop the growth of breast cancer?

Can tamoxifen stop the growth of breast cancer?

Sometimes,: Depending on type of cancer, especially hormone receptor status. But it really depends on specific circumstances whether this drug, or any drug, is appropriate drug for you. So you need to ask your doctor for specific advice. ...Read more

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Does pr-negative breast cancer respond to tamoxifen?

Does pr-negative breast cancer respond to tamoxifen?

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 more

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Are there any other alternatives to tamoxifen for breast cancer?

Are there any other alternatives to tamoxifen for breast cancer?

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 more

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When do breast cancer patients need tamoxifen ?

When do breast cancer patients need tamoxifen ?

Tamoxifen: A selective estrogen receptor modulator is effective added therapy for women with well-differentiated, estrogen receptor positive breast cancers. ...Read more

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What is the role of tamoxifen in the treatment of breast cancer?

Anti-estrogen: Tamoxifen is one of the anti-estrogen agents used to treat breast cancer. Cancers that exhibit an estrogen receptor (er positive tumors) are treated in part by blocking the estrogen that act as signals to these tumors to grow. ...Read more

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Does tamoxifen help prevent breast cancer?

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 more

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Should I take tamoxifen to reduce the risk of a new tumor if my breast tumor does not have hormone receptors?

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 more

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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?

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 more

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When is tamoxifen for breast cancer treatment?

When is tamoxifen for breast cancer treatment?

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 more

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Does tamoxifen for breast cancer put me at risk for uterine cancer?

Does tamoxifen for breast cancer put me at risk for uterine cancer?

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 more

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Is combined tamoxifen plus hormonal therapy better for breast cancer?

No: Studies show that adding tamoxifen to an aromatase inhibitor (what i assume you mean by "hormonal therapy") was not better than either drug alone. ...Read more

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How effective is taking low-dose tamoxifen for breast cancer risk reduction?

How effective is taking low-dose tamoxifen for breast cancer risk reduction?

Only One Dose: The use of tamoxifen for chemoprevention is associated with a 50% reduction in breast cancer in those at high risk. Like any drug, there are side-effects and potential complications. Therefore, this decision is best made in consultation with a cancer specialist. ...Read more

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What are the risks of breast cancer returning within a year of original treatment if taking tamoxifen?

What are the risks of breast cancer returning within a year of original treatment if taking tamoxifen?

Low: Most women do well if their tumor is removed and it is in early stages...With high cure rates of 80-85% for stages 1 and 2.. The chances of return within one year of orginal diagnosis have to be very low, perhaps about 5% in my view. ...Read more

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Breast Pain (Definition)

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