Breast Cancer Community
tamoxifen vs. radiation therapy
About This Community:

This patient support community is for discussions relating to breast cancer, biopsy, genetics, chemotherapy, hormone therapy, lumps, lumpectomy, lymph node dissection, lymphedema, mammograms, mastectomy, radiation therapy, reconstruction, and self exams.

Font Size:
A
A
A
Background:
Blank
Blank
Blank
Blank Blank

tamoxifen vs. radiation therapy

It seems to me that there is a lot more risk in taking tamoxifen for 5 years  -then 5 - 8 weeks of radiation therapy, if that's the case, why would tamoxifen be recommended over radiation?
Related Discussions
2 Comments
Blank
25201_tn?1255584436
I wasn't aware that Tamoxifen was "instead of" but rather "in addition to" Radiation. If I were given this option I would much prefer the Tamoxifen but that is a personal opinion. There are side effects associated with both but they are entirely two different things with two different actions. the Radiation deals with the any cancer that might be present and the Tamoxifen blocks the Estrogen production that might provide an opportunity for an ER+ cancer to recur.
Blank
Avatar_f_tn
Hi,

Tamoxifen is hormonal therapy used in patients with hormone receptor positive status and is known to increase the cancer free survival.

Radiation is used generally as an adjuvant to the surgery/chemotherapy/ hormone therapy.

What has your breast specialsit advised and what is your diagnosis?

Let us know if you have any doubts and post us on how you are doing.

Regards.
Blank
Continue discussion Blank
Blank
Weight Tracker
Weight Tracker
Start Tracking Now
Breast Cancer Community Resources
RSS Expert Activity
242532_tn?1269553979
Blank
The 3 Essentials to Ending Emotiona...
Sep 18 by Roger Gould, M.D.Blank
242532_tn?1269553979
Blank
Control Emotional Eating with this ...
Sep 04 by Roger Gould, M.D.Blank
242532_tn?1269553979
Blank
Emotional Eating Control: How to St...
Aug 28 by Roger Gould, M.D.Blank
Top Breast Cancer Answerers
25201_tn?1255584436
Blank
japdip
587083_tn?1327123862
Blank
zouzi
Avatar_f_tn
Blank
ncmichigan
Willis, MI