have read conflicting reports on the benefits vs. the dangers of tamoxifen
for breast cancer treatment. Have you found better nutritional alternatives?
I have had surgery, chemo & radiation for breast cancer. Tamoxifen
for 5 yrs. is next but I'm not comfortable with it.
There is a very preliminary small human study showing that ingestion of 25 grams of ground flaxmeal per day with newly diagnosed post-menopausal ER+ breast cancer decreases biological markers of tumor growth the same amount as tamoxifen during the time period between diagnosis and surgery. Tamoxifen treatment was not compared directly to flaxmeal in this study. The data are compared from two separate studies. In addition, this is such as small and early study that no recommendations for treatment can be made based on these data. Much larger and longer head-to-head clinical trial studies in women would need to be done to offer this as a treatment option.
Please thoroughly discuss the pros and cons of tamoxifen with your oncologist (get second and third opinions, too if you wish from doctors who received their oncology training from different medical centers) before you make your decision. All of life is a trade-off of risks and benefits. No answer is ever perfect on all accounts. You will know what is right for you. My advice is to obtain as much information as you can so that your decision is an *informed* decision, not an *emotional* decision. When you arrive at your decision, believe in it with 1000% conviction! :-)
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