Thanks for your post.
It’s understandable too be concerned about how long the side effects from tamoxifen are likely to last.
We often hear from women who report symptoms, such as joint and muscle pain when taking hormone therapy. For many people these side effects usually reduce after three to four months, but for some, they can continue.
You say you are concerned about osteoporosis, if you are post-menopausal there is evidence to suggest that tamoxifen slows down bone loss reducing the risk of osteoporosis. However, in premenopausal women the risk of osteoporosis may slightly increase. It’s important you discuss your worries with your treatment team and, as Bibi44 says, you may be able to request a bone density (DEXA) scan to check your bone strength, given that your mum had osteoporosis.
You may find our information on bone health helpful to read
As blue80 says the benefit from tamoxifen is individual, your treatment team will be best placed to advise you on your individual benefit from tamoxifen, as it depends on a number of factors including the grade, size and stage of your cancer. Some treatment teams use online programs such as Predict to estimate how treatments such as tamoxifen might improve survival. You could ask your treatment team about this.
As Scotdoll suggests if your symptoms continue it’s important to let our breast care nurse or treatment team know as they will be able to offer further support.
Adapting to life after treatment can be difficult and often the need for information and support continues. You may be interested in our resources that are particularly for those who have come to the end of their main hospital treatment. These are known as our Moving Forward services and include our Moving Forward booklet and Moving Forward courses.
Do call our helpline if you would like to talk this through or have any further questions. The helpline team have time to listen to your concerns, talk things through and signpost you to more support and information. Your call will be confidential, and the number is free from UK landlines and all mobile networks. The number is 0808 800 6000, (Relay UK -prefix 18001).
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