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Acta Oncol. 1999;38(7):955-9.

Radiation recall--another call with tamoxifen.

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Department of Dermatology, University Hospital, Uppsala, Sweden.


Tamoxifen, a nonsteroidal antioestrogen, has been used as an adjuvant therapy in patients with oestrogen-receptor positive breast cancer for more than 10 years. Few cutaneous adverse side-effects of the skin are found with this therapy. In this study we present 20 cases of adverse skin effects in relation to tamoxifen during 1979-1997 reported to the Swedish Adverse Drug Reaction Register and 1160 skin side-effects reported to he World Health Organisation's International Collaborative Programme on Drug Monitoring. One new case report of radiation recall in conjunction to tamoxifen, with no sign of reactivation despite 18 months treatment with the tamoxifen analogue toremifene is also discussed in detail. This case illustrates that toremifene can be used as a second-line therapy in patients who have received radiation recall, on tamoxifen.

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