Tamoxifen Alternatives

Tamoxifen citrate (Nolvadex®) is a medication prescribed to treat or prevent breast cancer.
In general, tamoxifen is effective and well tolerated. However, if you experience bothersome side effects or if the medication is not adequately controlling your symptoms, there are several alternatives to tamoxifen. Some of these substitutes include:
  • Surgery
  • Radiation therapy
  • Medications (including chemotherapy, hormone therapy, and biological therapy).
Tamoxifen is a type of hormone therapy because it slows down the growth of breast cancer by decreasing the effects of estrogen. Other similar estrogen-blocking breast cancer medications include:
Medications are often an integral part of breast cancer treatment. There are a variety of different medications available, each with different advantages and disadvantages. If tamoxifen is not working for you, talk to your healthcare provider about some of the possible alternatives for breast cancer treatment.
(Click Breast Cancer Medication for a more complete look at possible alternatives to tamoxifen. This article offers a detailed list of various other methods and medications that can be used if tamoxifen is not working for your condition or if it is causing troublesome side effects.)
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