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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?

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Dr. Devon Webster
Internal Medicine - Oncology
3 doctors agree

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Devon Webster
Dr. Devon Webster
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Dr. Travis Kidner
Surgery - Oncology

In brief: No

If your cancer is er negative, it will most likely not be recommended by your oncologist.

In brief: No

If your cancer is er negative, it will most likely not be recommended by your oncologist.
Dr. Travis Kidner
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Dr. Barry Rosen
Surgery

In brief: Controversial

This is a great question, probably best answered with your cancer doctor. The issue is that we don't use tamoxifen for treatment of er- breast cancers but we use it for prevention of people at high-risk; as a breast cancer survivor, you would qualify in this latter category.
Even though you are more likely to develop a second ca that is er-, tamoxifen may lead to an earlier diagnosis.

In brief: Controversial

This is a great question, probably best answered with your cancer doctor. The issue is that we don't use tamoxifen for treatment of er- breast cancers but we use it for prevention of people at high-risk; as a breast cancer survivor, you would qualify in this latter category.
Even though you are more likely to develop a second ca that is er-, tamoxifen may lead to an earlier diagnosis.
Dr. Barry Rosen
Dr. Barry Rosen
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