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12/22/2004Hi,My mother seems to be a rare case for she is being treated with tomoxifen for peritoneal cancer rather than Breast. UNfortuneately, there is very scarce info on peritoneal and treatments. She has been cancer free for 4 years after intense chemo and a complete historectomy. Now, she has been on tomoxifen for 4 weeks because her ca125 numbers had gone to 36. Just this week her doctor took her off of the tomoxifen because she has extreme neck swelling. Is this a normal side effect or at least a known one. I guess she may have had an allergic reaction. What other methods do you think they may try. How many others are there? Thank You...
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12/23/2004so sorry to hear of your mom's situation. neck swelling is not related to a known side effect of tamoxifen and if it were associated with an allergic reaction to the drug allergic symptoms would manifest themselves in 24-48 hours after starting the drug. I wish i had better news... not being familiar or expert with this type of cancer i can't be forthcoming with more information. check with 1-800-4-CANCER to see if they can guide you with information.

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