NCI Dictionary of Cancer Terms
The NCI Dictionary of Cancer Terms features 8,399 terms related to cancer and medicine.
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- tamoxifen citrate
- listen (tuh-MOK-sih-FEN SIH-trayt)
A drug used to treat certain types of breast cancer in women and men. It is also used to prevent breast cancer in women who have had ductal carcinoma in situ (abnormal cells in the ducts of the breast) and in women who are at a high risk of developing breast cancer. Tamoxifen citrate is also being studied in the treatment of other types of cancer. It blocks the effects of the hormone estrogen in breast tissue, which may help keep breast cancer cells from growing. Tamoxifen citrate is a type of selective estrogen receptor modulator (SERM).