Practice Matters

Precautions for Patients Taking Tamoxifen

Mary Heery, APRN, AOCNS®, CBCN, Patrick Corbett, RPh, PharmD, and
 Richard Zelkowitz, MD

Western Connecticut Health Network at The Smilow Family Breast Health Center, Norwalk Hospital, Norwalk, Connecticut

Authors’ disclosures of conflicts of interest are found at the end of this article.

Mary Heery, APRN, AOCNS®, CBCN, 34 Maple Street, Norwalk, CT 06856. E-mail: mary.heery@wchn.org


J Adv Pract Oncol 2018;9(1):78–83 | https://doi.org/10.6004/jadpro.2018.9.1.6 | © 2018 Harborside™


  

ABSTRACT

Tamoxifen is a lifesaving treatment for millions of breast cancer patients worldwide. Yet taking tamoxifen may be challenging for some patients due to issues of compliance, drug interactions, and surgical considerations. Educating patients with a one-page teaching sheet, “Precautions for Patients Taking Tamoxifen,” may improve tamoxifen’s effectiveness and prevent complications. Advanced practitioners are in a position to prescribe tamoxifen, review medication interactions, educate patients, impact patients’ quality of life, improve patients’ sense of control, and increase patients’ partnerships with their oncology providers.




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