May 30, 2013 10:34AM lane4 wrote:
I'm going to add to this thread since I didn't get any replies when I posted in December. I saw my oncologist's partner in late December and he urged me to reconsider taking tamoxifen. As I wrote above, I declined when it was first offered because of a history of atrial fib. I saw my cardiologist this morning and he feels that tamoxifen would not be that risky because my a-fib is under control, I am on a low-dose aspirin regimen, I am not overweight, do not have high blood pressure and don't smoke.
I know that the only way to know how tamoxifen will affect me is to actually try it. But, I thought some ladies here could provide some insight that doctors will not tell me. I still have my uterus and do have a history of submucosal uterine fibroids that improved with menopause. I have a strong family history of breast cancer but am BRCA negative. I can't find much information about side effects post-menopause, but I have read that pre-menopausal women seem to have fewer problems with tamoxifen. It's hard to know what is true.
At this point, if I take tamoxifen it will be mostly to protect the other breast. I feel that my recurrence risk is quite low after partial mastectomy and radiation. Any words of wisdom will be greatly appreciated!