It’s hopefully keeping Roxy Jacenko cancer-free, but as the Sydney PR guru has shared, there are downsides to taking anti-cancer drugs.
Jacenko, who was diagnosed with breast cancer in July 2016 and, after undergoing surgery and radiation treatment, was in remission a few months later.
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However, to keep the cancer from returning, the mum-of-two was prescribed cancer-preventing medication called tamoxifen and told to take it every day for ten years.
The drug works by blocking oestrogen receptors in breast cells. This means that if cancerous cells return, the tamoxifen would help slow or stop the growth and reproduction of those cancer cells, by blocking the oestrogen they need.
On Sunday, the 37-year-old shared with followers one of the frustrating side-effects of the medication.
“The joys (not) of living on tamoxifen – when everyone thinks they are hot you are literally 25 degrees hotter and cannot regulate your temp,” she wrote.