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Hormone treatment

Some cancers of the uterus depend on hormones (such as oestrogen) for their growth. Hormone treatments include:

  • provera, which blocks the body’s use of oestrogen, and is a form of the female hormone progesterone
  • tamoxifen, which is an anti-oestrogen drug.

Hormone treatment, which is taken orally, can work well for advanced or recurrent endometrial cancer.

Side effects of hormone treatment

Side effects of provera include breast tenderness, nausea and fluid retention. In high doses, it may increase appetite and cause weight gain.

Tamoxifen can cause hot flushes, headaches and fluid retention.

You may have some or none of these side effects. Discuss any problems or concerns with your doctors.