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    I am currently taking Tamoxifen and deal with side effects like hot flashes , headaches but it passes. When I first found out I had stage zero I thought it was no big deal until I spoke to my oncologist and did research. It should always be treated as something serious because it’s hard to detect. All medications react to everyone differently. Keep your head up. Never let anyone make you feel like your experiences with cancer are no big deal. Trust your instincts and stay strong

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    Drug Therapy or Medication: I have been on Tamoxifen for 17 months and I experienced my first serious reaction. Had a menstrual cycle for 6 days after going into menopause since September 2015.

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    Stage 0 breast cancer

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      rachelarmom

      I have stage IIIa, but my mom had the stage 0. She would have had a lumpectomy, but the surgeon could not get clean margins and had to do a mastectomy. It is usually just treated surgically, but sometimes also with radiation. My mom just had the surgery and twenty-eight years later, she is doing fine.

      over 3 years ago
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      msesq

      Unless you have BRAC gene stage 0 is nothing. Get several medical opinions and follow the one you are comfortable with. I was stage 1 HERS2+ and decided on a lumpectomy other women may have chosen to have a mastectomy. After two consults which both recommended lumpectomy and my own research I was comfortable with my decision but it's your body and your decision. Good luck!

      over 3 years ago
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      hikerchick

      It is absolutely the beginning stage of cancer. When they biopsied my stage 0, pathology showed it had progressed to Stage 1(in less than 6 months' time). Multiple points of origin; large areas; both breasts. I had double mastectomy 5 1/2 years ago and have never regretted it. My 22 year old son has an "atypical" mole. THAT's what means NOTHING yet, just abnormal tissue that STILL NEEDS to be removed because it it likely to turn into cancer. What you have is not "nothing." You are as lucky as they come. You found out in time to make good long-term choices for yourself. Good luck!

      over 3 years ago