Start tamoxifen, Yes or No?
Hi all, I had performed unilateral (left breast) mastectomy + DIEP FLAP end of May and now in my recovery. I was suffered from high grade DCIS. One month post-op, i had my follow up visit in my oncologist office. He advised to start tamoxifen to prevent my right breast cancer risk. The advise is to take it for 5 years. I told him I wanted to have a think.
I visited a breast surgeon in another hospital, the advise was completely different. She told me tamoxifen has very little advantage for my DCIS case. It is more effective for invasive type of breast cancer. I am 42 now, she said why compromise the lifestyle while I will have my menopause in bout 8 years time. I should just do my regular mammogram (annually) and ultrasound (6 mthly).
Anyone has the similar medical history like me? Did you start tamoxifen or have u completed 5 years med now? Please can you share with me your experience of taking the med and what makes you decide on taking the med.