Tamoxifen is a kind of hormone treatment used to treat breast cancer in both pre-menopausal (women who have not yet experienced the menopause) and post-menopausal women. It can likewise be taken by men who have breast cancer growth.
The hormone estrogen can enhance breast cancers to develop. Tamoxifen might be given if your breast cancer includes receptors inside the cell that binds to the hormone estrogen (known as estrogen receptor positive or ER+ breast cancer). Invasive breast cancers are determined for estrogen receptors with biopsy or after surgery. At the point when estrogen attaches to these receptors, it can enhance the cancer to develop.
Tamoxifen blocks the impacts of estrogen on these receptors. This prevents estrogen from making cancer cells develop.