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Tamoxifen Decreases Heart Disease

Five Years of Breast Cancer Drug Best for Added Benefit

A Bonus for the Heart -- and Bones

Jose Baselga, MD, chairman of the scientific committee that chose which studies would be presented at the cancer meeting, says the research provides further evidence that tamoxifen has benefits beyond breast cancer protection.

"It's been speculated for years that tamoxifen has potentially good effects on the heart and that is shown very nicely in this study," he tells WebMD. Additionally, tamoxifen has been shown to protect against the bone-thinning disease osteoporosis, he notes.

Baselga, who is also chairman of oncology at the Vall D'Hebron University Hospital in Barcelona, Spain, says he would not prescribe tamoxifen solely for its heart-healthy benefits. "But it's nice to see women on the drug get this bonus," he says.

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