Chemoprevention as a prevention option is the same treatment used to help avoid recurrence, or the return of cancer, in women who have already been treated for breast or ovarian cancer.
If you’re considering chemoprevention, be sure to ask your doctor about all possible side effects.
Some women who face a high risk of breast or ovarian cancer choose to undergo chemoprevention therapy to lower their risk. It’s the same treatment used to help avoid recurrence, or the return of cancer, in women who have already been treated for breast or ovarian cancer.
Tamoxifen is one drug that can be used to reduce the risk of breast and ovarian cancer. One study shows that tamoxifen decreased breast cancer occurrence by 62% in women with a BRCA2 gene mutation—one kind of mutation that raises cancer risks. Unfortunately, there was no reduction in those women with a BRCA1 gene mutation.1
It’s important to know that chemoprevention can have some serious side effects, including possible damage to your ovaries and loss of fertility. So, be sure to talk with your doctor about this major decision. Get all your questions answered so you can feel confident in your choice!