Dec 17, 2013 - 5:21 pm
Yesterday I posted about my eventful weekend that landed me in the ER on Saturday. Went in with wildly racing heart and high blood pressure, head throbbing, feeling light headed and in general just feeling plain lousy. I had informed my oncologist's office yesterday morning of the events so that she would be aware. Last night around 8 pm she called me and said stop the Tamoxifen immediately. She said she didn't know for sure if the Tamoxifen was causing the problem or not, but she did not want to take any chances. She said it would take a month for the drug to clear my system. She wants to wait until my March 1st appointment and then we will reevaluate. She wants to know what the cardiologist says tomorrow when I have my appointment. I have been on Tamoxifen since July 15th and my onco said last night that we have plenty of time to figure out what to do as I have just barely started down this five year path.
The reason I think I am so freaked by this is stopping the medication. I want to do everything possible to prevent a recurrance or a new cancer developing. One of the reasons I went on it in the first place was to do what I could considering my family history. (My mom had bc at 38, my grandmother at 72, and my first cousin at 46). So I'm not quite sure how I feel about not taking that little white pill this morning. . .but then if it is what is causing my current heart rhythmn situation I know, logically, it is the best thing to do. All I know is I don't want my breast cancer coming back. Hope I'm not sounding like a whiny child here. If anyone has experienced this, been told by your onco to stop the Tamoxifen I would love to hear what your results were and if you were able to go back on Tamoxifen or tried some other drug.