I have finished cemo for Invasive DCIS breast cancer. I also have had a bilateral mastectomy. It is sugested that I should take tamoxifen for five years. I don't understand why I would need to take a medicene for breast cancer when I have had my breast tissue on both breasts removed. I would think it logical that I could not get breast cancer again. I am confused.
Facts: I am 37 with no history of breast cancer in my family. I am neg. for BRCA. my cancer was ERposs.
Though your breast are already removed, it is still a possibility that cancer can occur in other organs, these are called metastasis. Also, cancers in young patients (pre-menopausal) tend to be more aggressive than their post-menopausal counterparts. Taking tamoxifen for five years after the chemotherapy can prolong your disease-free survival (life without recurrence of cancer). This drug is usually given and is effective for ER + patients. I strongly suggest you discuss the pros and cons of tamoxifen with your oncologist. One con being the inability to be pregnant during the treatment.
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