Tamoxifen is a hormonal therapy drug used
- to treat breast cancer
- to reduce the risk of breast cancer coming back and to protect the other breast.
Tamoxifen is also used to:
- treat other types of cancer
- treat or prevent breast tenderness and swelling (gynaecomastia) – this can be a side effect of some hormonal therapies used for prostate cancer
- prevent breast cancer in women who have a family history of cancer.
Tamoxifen can be given alone or with other types of treatment. It is best to read this information with our general information about hormonal therapies and the type of cancer you have.
Your doctor will talk to you about this treatment and its possible side effects before you agree (consent) to have treatment.