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How is Tamoxifen used to treat breast cancer?

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Doctors also use Tamoxifen to treat breast cancer that has spread to other parts of the body. It's also given to prevent breast cancer in healthy women with a high risk of developing the disease.

Women taking Tamoxifen are more likely to develop cancer of the uterus (endometrial cancer) than other women. They should have regular pelvic exams and tell their doctor about any abnormal uterine bleeding. Other risks from Tamoxifen include deep vein thrombosis, blood clots in the lungs, stroke, and cataracts. Minor side effects include hot flashes and mood swings.

Tamoxifen also helps prevent osteoporosis, or weak bones.

From: Hormone Therapy for Breast Cancer WebMD Medical Reference

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National Cancer Institute.

Breastcancer.org.

Medscape. 

Pfizer Inc.

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on July 18, 2019

SOURCES:

National Cancer Institute.

Breastcancer.org.

Medscape. 

Pfizer Inc.

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on July 18, 2019

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