Research on weight changes on tamoxifen?

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Question from Kiel: Is there research to support weight loss or gain while taking tamoxifen?
Answers - Patricia A. Ganz, M.D. In the breast cancer prevention trial, which was the study of women at high risk for breast cancer where we prescribed tamoxifen or a placebo, there was no difference in self-reported weight change according to whether or not a woman took tamoxifen. As I described earlier, women have natural tendencies to gain weight as they age, which is related to changes in their metabolism. If they do not exercise more or eat less, they may gain weight and this is irrespective of whether they take a drug such as tamoxifen.

The Ask-the-Expert Online Conference called Managing Ongoing Medications featured Patricia Ganz, M.D. and moderator Lillie Shockney, R.N., B.S., M.A.S. answering your questions about staying on track with breast cancer medications you have to take on a regular basis.

Editor's Note: This conference took place in August 2007.

The materials presented in these conferences do not necessarily reflect the views of 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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