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Tamoxifen Wards Off Breast Cancer's Return for More Than a Decade
Date:7/29/2011

ht be even greater. The findings raise the question of whether, say, a 10-year course of tamoxifen might be even more beneficial than five years.

About half of the women worldwide diagnosed with breast cancer are pre-menopausal, she said. "For those women, tamoxifen is the main treatment option," she said.

About two-thirds of breast cancers in the United States are estrogen-positive. The drug worked even on those whose tumors are "weakly positive," she noted.

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The U.S. National Cancer Institute has more on tamoxifen.

SOURCES: Christina Davies, M.D., senior research scientist, Clinical Trial Service Unit, University of Oxford, Oxford, England; Len Lichtenfeld, deputy chief medical officer, American Cancer Society, Atlanta; July 28, 2011, The Lancet, online


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