Completing tamoxifen therapy tamoxifen for breast cancer treatment is prescribed for 5 10 years the length of treatment coupled with side effects such as menopausal symptoms can make it tough to complete tamoxifen therapy dealing with menopausal symptoms related to hormone therapy can be hard. Tamoxifen is the oldest of the hormonal therapies drugs that block the effects of estrogen in the breast tissue tamoxifen is approved by the fda to treat people diagnosed with both early stage and advanced stage hormone receptor positive breast cancer learn more about tamoxifen in pill form. Tamoxifen is a medication that blocks the female hormone estrogen in the body for more than 30 years doctors have prescribed it to fight breast cancer tumors that depend on estrogen to grow . Tamoxifen and raloxifene have been shown to reduce the risk breast cancer but they can have their own risks and side effects tamoxifen and raloxifene are the only drugs that are approved in the us to help lower the risk of breast cancer although for some women drugs called aromatase . Tamoxifen blocks the actions of estrogen a female hormone certain types of breast cancer require estrogen to grow tamoxifen is used to treat some types of breast cancer in men and women it is also used to lower a womans chance of developing breast cancer if she has a high risk such as a family history of breast cancer
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