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Tamoxifen and Menopause


Re: Tamoxifen and Menopause

Hi KH81

Thanks for posting. It sounds as if you’re having a difficult time with your menopausal symptoms and it’s understandable that you want to be proactive and get on top of the problem.

It’s not possible for us to make recommendations for an individuals’ situation.

Many people ask about vitamin and herbal supplements and products such as Menopace as they want to do as much as possible to be healthy. There is often the belief that vitamins and herbs are safe as they are considered natural but herbal treatments don’t have to comply with the same regulations or rigorous testing that conventional medicines do. For many products there is a lack of research to support its use and some can interfere with conventional medicines including cancer treatments, so do discuss this with your treatment team or GP.

You can search here for information about individual herbs and vitamins. Each has sections on existing evidence and what known interaction there is with other medications. There is a consumer version or a health professional link for more details.

There are ways of helping to alleviate hot flushes. Keeping a fan with you is useful, avoiding spicy foods and alcohol may also help. Sometimes, a mild anti-depressant is given to relieve hot flushes, although some of these can interfere with the way tamoxifen works.

Some complementary therapies are useful to reduce menopausal symptoms, which you can read  more about here. You could contact your GP about your symptoms. They may be able to offer some medication to help you sleep. The NHS website also has some useful strategies which might also help.

Some hospitals have specialist menopause clinics, which you may benefit from attending and which your GP may be able to refer you to if necessary.

At Breast Cancer Now, we have a number of services and support designed specifically for younger women. Outside of the coronavirus current situation this includes a two day free residential event called Younger Women Together.

However, we’ve had to take the difficult decision to suspend all of our face-to-face services for now n, following the latest government guidance regarding the coronavirus.

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If you would like to talk with another young woman diagnosed with breast cancer who understands, you can use our Someone Like Me service.

The Younger Breast Cancer Network (YBCN) is a private Facebook group run by young women for young women (under 45) who’ve had breast cancer so they can talk to others. You can join if you have a Facebook profile.

To join, go to the public Facebook page by searching ‘Younger Breast Cancer Network’. and message them via the private message button.

One of the admin. will have a chat to say hello and check eligibility. They will send a friend request via their admin account (Edna Manchester).

Once the friend request is accepted the member can be added to the groups and introduced. There is always a warm welcome from other members.

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Tamoxifen and Menopause


I am 5 years on from my Breast Cancer diagnosis. In February I  had a full abdominal hysterectomy and so I went straight into surgical menopause. I had been on Tamoxifen for four and a half years and have been advised to continue on it until ten years. As my breast cancer was hormone receptor positive I can’t have HRT. I have been told to take Menopace as this offers vitamin supplements in low doses. So far I have been having hot flushes and issues with dryness. Dry eyes, nose, skin, throat. Also not getting a good nights sleep and therefore tired a lot of the time. I’m just wandering if there is any other advice or anything else you can recommended that I am allowed to take. I am only 38 and would like to try and be proactive and get on top of symptoms if I can. Thanks