More on Tamoxifen Risks vs benefits

If you are premenopausal, and you have Estrogen & Progesterone receptor positive breast cancer, (ER+ & PR+) you may be recommended to start on "hormone blockers" since estrogens feed cancer cells and encourage their growth. Sounds good, right? I thought so, until I looked up the side effects. They cause more than just weight gain!

Tamoxifen, for example, while blocking estrogen, has been shown to start feeding new, tamoxifen-dependent cancer in some users within months or years of use. It is also reported that users have increased risk of blood clots and uterine cancer.

For full report, go to LE Magazine October 1999 report,

"I3C, Indole 3 Carbinol, The Tamoxifen Substitute, Cancer Prevention For Thinking People."

Cancer%20Prev.%20for%20thinking%20people.jpgThe report also states that studies show that I3C inhibited growth of ER+ breast cancer cells by 90% compared to Tamoxifen's 60% by stopping the cell cycle.

Here's another report from Molecular Expressions: touting I3c's well known anticancer properties.

Calcium D-Glucarate is another beneficial supplement.  It promotes estradiol (17beta-estradiol) elimination from the body (a carcinogenic form of estrogen). These supplements can be obtained on their own, or, the calcium d-glucarate is in Enzymatic Therapy's combination product,  "Protective Breast Formula".  

There is also AHCC, (active hexose correlated compound). AHCC  is a combination of hybrid mushroom extract used in Japanese Medicine. It is a common treatment for cancer in Japan. It has been shown to enhance the immune system to help fight cancer cells, as reported in AHCC Published Research.

See link for Vitacost to the right to order these products at a substantial discount ------>.


The following was taken from "MedlinePlus Drug Information" :

Tamoxifen may cause side effects. Tell your doctor if any of these symptoms are severe or do not go away:

  • increased bone or tumor pain
  • pain or reddening around the tumor site
  • hot flashes
  • nausea
  • excessive tiredness
  • dizziness
  • depression
  • headache
  • thinning of hair
  • weight loss
  • stomach cramps
  • constipation
  • loss of sexual desire or ability (in men)

Some side effects can be serious. If you experience any of the following symptoms or those listed in the IMPORTANT WARNING section, call your doctor immediately:

  • vision problems
  • loss of appetite
  • yellowing of the skin or eyes
  • unusual bruising or bleeding
  • fever
  • blisters
  • rash
  • swelling of the eyes, face, lips, tongue, throat, hands, arms, feet, ankles, or lower legs
  • thirst
  • muscle weakness
  • restlessness


Tamoxifen may increase the risk that you will develop other cancers, including liver cancer. Talk to your doctor about this risk.

Tamoxifen may increase the risk that you will develop cataracts (clouding of the lens in the eye) that may need to be treated with surgery. Talk to your doctor about this risk.

Tamoxifen may cause other side effects. Call your doctor if you have any unusual problems while taking this medication.

If you are thinking about taking tamoxifen to reduce the chance that you will develop breast cancer, you should talk to your doctor about the risks and benefits of this treatment. You and your doctor will decide whether the possible benefit of tamoxifen treatment is worth the risks of taking the medication. If you need to take tamoxifen to treat breast cancer, the benefits of tamoxifen outweigh the risks.

Hmmm, I think I'll pass on this option. I hope you think about it too.


Breast%20Cancer%20bookIn his book Breast Cancer, The Role of Nutritional Supplements in the Prevention and Treatment of Breast Cancer, Dr Ladd McNamara spells out in easy to read fashion, an explanation & research on some of the above supplements as alternatives to the use of toxic drugs.


For more on this, see:  Duke and The Doctor .com ; hear what Dr. Jan McBarron has to say!



Another article on Tamoxifen on the CincoVidas Blog>