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10 yrs ago I had a mastectomy

Tags: cancer

I am 66 years of age. 10 yrs ago I had a mastectomy, I needed no further treatment other than tamoxifen but having no uterus or ovaries, elected to remain on this drug for 10 years. I feel it may be time to stop treatment but am afraid to do so, would the drug have stopped any rogue cells growing?

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The answer

I can appreciate why you would be afraid to stop this treatment. You have survived for 10 years on this medication and remained disease free, which is wonderful news.  Most women are recommended to stay on tamoxifen for five years if they are postmenopausal, because trials have proven the benefit. The benefits and risks of taking hormone therapy should be carefully weighed for each woman and decisions about the type and duration of treatment must be made on an individual basis. This complicated decision-making process is best carried out by talking with an oncologist, a doctor who specialises in cancer treatment.

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