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|3/17/2012||I am 60 years old and recently had a lumpectomy on my left breast to remove a 2.2cm non-invasive DCIS grade 3 tumor. The tumor was ER/PR negative. The margins were clear and the 5 sentinel lymph nodes removed at the same time were all negative. In addition to the recommended radiation therapy, the oncologist suggested that I take Tamoxifen for five years as a preventive measure against possible future ER/PR positive tumor formation even though this particular tumor was ER/PR negative. Considering the possible side effects of Tamoxifen, does this seem to be a reasonable approach?|
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|3/18/2012||Tamoxifen is an option, but not an absolute indication, and it would be for prevention not treatment as you imply in your question. A reasonable approach would be to try it but stop if you have side effects. Hope this helps and bwst wishes.|
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