Dec 05, 2012 - 1:48 pm
This news was popping up on my home page today. I often wonder if part of why I am still here is my oncologist's decision to keep me on tamoxifen a little longer (7 years)--especially since I was Stage 3. Back then, there were no real guidelines about what to do (1987). Interesting...stay tuned!
"For women with ER-positive disease, continuing tamoxifen to 10 years rather than stopping at 5 years produces a further reduction in recurrence and mortality, particularly after year 10. These results, taken together with results from previous trials of 5 years of tamoxifen treatment versus none, suggest that 10 years of tamoxifen treatment can approximately halve breast cancer mortality during the second decade after diagnosis."