Second opinion after suggested hysterectomy?

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Question from karen: After seeing an oncologist, he suggested that I have a complete hysterectomy and that I should take Tamoxifen. Should I go for a second opinion?
Answers - Marisa Weiss, M.D. Yes! I would go for a second opinion. The risk of uterine cancer from Tamoxifen is less than one percent (less than one woman out of one hundred will have this problem from Tamoxifen). Removal of the uterus to prevent this problem is not standard care. Perhaps there are other reasons why your doctor has made this recommendation. A second opinion is a great opportunity to get more information to make the best decisions possible.

The Ask-the-Expert Online Conference called Easing Breast Cancer Fears featured Marisa Weiss, M.D. answering your questions about managing emotional effects of breast cancer diagnosis and treatment.

Editor's Note: This conference took place in June 2000.

The materials presented in these conferences do not necessarily reflect the views of Breastcancer.org. A qualified healthcare professional should be consulted before using any therapeutic product or regimen discussed. All readers should verify all information and data before employing any therapies described here.

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