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My sister (66) is a 9 year breast cancer survivor; took tamoxifin for 5 years, & now in 5th year of femora. Is this normal treatment?

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Dr. Liawaty Ho
Internal Medicine - Hematology & Oncology
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In brief: Yes for ER+ cancer

Yes, for early stage er + breast cancer - the therapy would include surgical resection ( mastectomy or lumpectomy followed by radiation) then followed by either chemo followed by or estrogen supression therapy - like tamoxifen, or aromatase inhibitor (ai) .
Tamoxifen can be started first then switch to ai ( Femara (letrozole) etc) , or can be started on ai in the very beginning - for postmenopausal women.

In brief: Yes for ER+ cancer

Yes, for early stage er + breast cancer - the therapy would include surgical resection ( mastectomy or lumpectomy followed by radiation) then followed by either chemo followed by or estrogen supression therapy - like tamoxifen, or aromatase inhibitor (ai) .
Tamoxifen can be started first then switch to ai ( Femara (letrozole) etc) , or can be started on ai in the very beginning - for postmenopausal women.
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