Tamoxifen lowers chance of recurrence?

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Question from Nana: I will be finishing radiation in two weeks with no chemotherapy. I have been placed on tamoxifen, but I still have this fear that the cancer will come back. I keep having the fear that it will return. Is the success rate good with tamoxifen?
Answers - Patricia A. Ganz, M.D. Tamoxifen is a very effective agent in preventing the recurrence of breast cancer. Also, there may not be any additional benefit to giving chemotherapy in some women. It is more important to understand the characteristics of your own tumor. These are important questions, and you should discuss them with your physician.

The Ask-the-Expert Online Conference called Quality of Life featured Patricia A. Ganz, M.D., and Marisa Weiss, M.D. answering your questions about how breast cancer can affect physical, emotional, social, and sexual aspects of your life.

Editor's Note: This conference took place in October 2001.

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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