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|1/13/2011||Dear Lillie! I was diagnosed with stage 3a breast cancer(both er and pr are highly positive 98%, her is negative ) in November 2009 when I was 42 years old. I had right side mastectomy, chemotherapy(ACT), radiation therapy. I finished all my treatment in June 2010 then I started to take Tamoxifen on July 5th 2010. After I had first chemotherapy, I was in menopausal. My Question is:is it the right time to switch from tamoxifen to aromatase inhibitor right now, which medication is better for me? Thanks|
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|1/13/2011||Because you are so young, you may not be in permanent menopause from the chemo so following this for a year or more while on tamoxifen may be the best option, but you should discuss this with your oncologist. We have seen a number of women resume their periods after chemotherapy induced amennorhea so staying with tamoxifen for now makes sense.|
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