My reasons for being here are not for myself but for a friend with breast cancer and neighbor with stomach or esophagus cancer. Very unusual because she had a hysterectomy and ovaries removed per her surgeon some 30 years before. My friend who is in her fourth year of Tamoxifin (sp? When mom became sick dad thought it was a UTI but the hospital did tests which showed she did in fact have ovaries and they had cancer. ) was diagnosed with Diabetes about six months ago. She also suffers from what she calls 'Chemo Fog' and is not doing well with her eating plan. It seems too complicated for her or maybe she is in denial. She also is on two cholesterol meds as her level was 511!! And she's on thyroid meds plus the Metamorfin for diabetes. I visited her a couple days ago, she brought out her most recent lab results and her A1C is still at 9 down from 11 (should be 6) Her average glucose for the last three months was 234. She admitted eating a candy bar before I got there and every time I speak to her she is hungry. I know she has to treat the diabetes now especially with numbers that high but I wonder if Tamoxifin causes diabetes? Tamoxifen may cause cancer of the uterus (womb), strokes, and blood clots in the lungs. Tell your doctor if you have ever had a blood clot in the lungs or legs, a stroke, or a heart attack. Also tell your doctor if you smoke, if you have high blood pressure or diabetes, if your ability to move around during your waking hours is limited, or if you are taking anticoagulants ('blood thinners') such as warfarin (Coumadin). If you experience any of the following symptoms during or after your treatment, call your doctor immediately: abnormal vaginal bleeding; irregular menstrual periods; changes in vaginal discharge, especially if the discharge becomes bloody, brown, or rusty; pain or pressure in the pelvis (the stomach area below the belly button); leg swelling or tenderness; chest pain; shortness of breath; coughing up blood; sudden weakness, tingling, or numbness in your face, arm, or leg, especially on one side of your body; sudden confusion; difficulty speaking or understanding; sudden difficulty seeing in one or both eyes; sudden difficulty walking; dizziness; loss of balance or coordination; or sudden severe headache. You will need to have gynecological examinations (examinations of the female organs) regularly to find early signs of cancer of the uterus. If you are thinking about taking tamoxifen to reduce the chance that you will develop breast cancer, you should talk to your doctor about the risks and benefits of this treatment. You and your doctor will decide whether the possible benefit of tamoxifen treatment is worth the risks of taking the medication. If you need to take tamoxifen to treat breast cancer, the benefits of tamoxifen outweigh the risks. Your doctor or pharmacist will give you the manufacturer's patient information sheet (Medication Guide) when you begin treatment with tamoxifen and each time you refill your prescription.
Tamoxifen is one of the most widely prescribed drugs to prevent a recurrence. may contribute to an increased risk of developing type 2 diabetes. Tamoxifen therapy was found to be associated with increased incidence of diabetes in postmenopausal breast cancer patients. Benefits of Tamoxifen Therapy Outweigh Its Side Effects The researchers selected more than 14,000 women above the age of 65 who had been diagnosed with early breast cancer between the years 19.