Podcast: Low-Dose Tamoxifen to Reduce Risk After Chest Radiation
Dr. Sandhya Pruthi explains a study on using low-dose tamoxifen to reduce breast cancer risk in women who received radiation to the chest as children.
Women with a higher-than-average risk of breast cancer often take tamoxifen to reduce that risk. There are a number of reasons why a woman might have a higher risk of breast cancer, including receiving chest radiation for childhood cancer, such as Hodgkin lymphoma. Dr. Sandhya Pruthi joined us to discuss a study looking at whether a lower dose of tamoxifen helps reduce breast cancer risk in women who received radiation to the chest as children.
Listen to the episode to hear Dr. Pruthi explain:
- why women who received childhood chest radiation have a higher risk of breast cancer
- how the study came about and its results
- how she counsels her patients who have a higher-than-average risk of breast cancer because they had chest radiation as children