I was also prescribed Tamoxifen. Tamoxifen (Nolvadex®) is a drug, taken orally as a tablet, which interferes with the activity of estrogen, a female hormone. Estrogen can promote the development of cancer in the breast. Tamoxifen helps prevent the original breast cancer from returning and also helps prevent the development of new cancers in the other breast. Studies have shown that tamoxifen is only effective in treating estrogen receptor-positive breast cancer (which I have). When taken for 5 years, tamoxifen reduces the chance of the original breast cancer coming back in the same breast or elsewhere. It also reduces the risk of developing a second primary cancer in the other breast.
Today, my friend Pat was my "chemo buddy". I guess she wasn't having enough fun in her life and thought this experience could provide it! LOL. First thing this morning she picked me up and drove me to the clinic. Actually I was very glad she came with me because today was a very full day at the chemo ward and I ended up in a small room with only 2 chairs. I'm usually in a larger room with four chairs so there are more people to converse with. So, I had Pat to talk with and she ran out to grab me some lunch also. So a big thank you to Pat for being my "chemo buddy" today. I really appreciated it.