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I'm 46, have had a double mastectomy, had ER+ Stage1 (10.5 mm) cancer in left breast. No family history and BRCA/32 genes tested-no mutations at all. I was advised by my oncologist that because I had multiple aspirations in years past on both breast for fibroid cysts, that it put me at a higher risk for future cancer in the other breast, so that's why I decided on the bilateral. All nodes are clear and I'm otherwise a very healthy person. My question is, I've been told that by taking tamoxifen it will lower my chance of recurrence somewhere else in my body by only a slight amount. I had the I Oncotype DX test done and it came back at 17. Per those results, with Tamoxifen it lowers it to 11%. I consulted with 3 medical oncologists and they all 3 have different numbers. I probably fall somewhere in between. The lowest was approx 12% recurrence after 5 years if I do nothing but lowering it by 4% with Tomoxifen. I've read about all the horrible side effects and I'm truly torn between what I should do. My blood work came back that I am already borderline menopause. I really need guidance!
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