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12/22/2017Hello. My mother was diagnosed with stage 2 tnbc about a year ago when she was 49. She finished her treatment 3 months ago. She asked her oncologist if she could take metformin to prevent recurrence and he agreed. I wanted to know your opinion on the matter and since she is not diabetic what is the safe dose with with minimum side effects?
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12/22/2017this has been studied as part of a clinical trial however has yet to become a standard of care as a way to prevent recurrence. take a look on www.pubmed.com and use the search field typing in "metformin breast cancer" and you can read the abstracts from the studies. no guarantees it works. she needs to watch what her blood sugar levels are too since she isn't a diabetic and this medicine may drop her blood levels to cause her to have a low blood sugar and feel lightheaded.

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