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    Hi, carm. I'd like to ask you a question if you don't mind. Is Tamoxifen considered chemotherapy? I know it is "hormone therapy" but is it considered chemotherapy? I didn't have much luck googling this. Thank you so much for any help you can provide. I really appreciate it.

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      When I said to my oncologist that my aromatase was a chemical so ‘chemo’ therapy. He laughed and said no.

      4 days ago
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      Hey Bug, in a word...no. it is an anti-estrogen drug that blocks the production of a hormone by blocking the signal from the receptor. It is more of a targeted therapy. It is not the same as an aromitase inhibitor because AI's block the aromitase enzyme from converting other hormones to estradoil. A chemotherapy is systemic and it attacks healthy cells and well as cancer cells. It has no particular target. Cancer cells seem to have an adverse reaction to chemotherapies which is why it is used. However, over time, the body adjusts to it and finds a way around it. Tamoxifen only has one target which makes it a targeted therapy. A drug like Avastin is a biotherapy because it does not attack a tumor; just the environment that surrounds the tumor. I hope this helps to clarify.

      4 days ago
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      Thank you very much, carm. I thought it was something along those lines but someone else I spoke to said it is considered chemotherapy. I'm writing "my story" for Greg to post and I want to make sure I use the correct language. Thank you!

      2 days ago