Tamoxifen is a hormonal drug used to treat BC when it has spread for some people and for most it is used to prevent a recurrance (it works pretending to be estrogen and when cancer cells attach to it, it kills them). A person must have a certain amount of hormone receptors on the tumor cells to be a candidate for it. I started Tamoxifen the day after rads finished.
I had my office co-pay only when I saw my doc for rads, which was once a week, plus the initial consults and planning. The rest was covered as if it were any other procedure or test, like an MRI or a CT scan. You may consider checking with the insurance company and ask them to send you a copy of the SPD (summary plan description) so that you have it in writing for your files. Or if your insurance is through your employer, ask them to get involved.
yes, it is stressful! All the phone calls, tests, reports, reading, crying, phone calls again.....doc visits, decisions...it is exhausting! Take the time you need to be sure of your decisions and make the decision that is right for you.
I did 4 rounds of AC chemo and never lost my leg hair (darn it!), and still kept a few sprouts on my head. I never lost all my brows and lashes either, although they did thin out. Pubes will go too, and I think my armpit hair finally quit growing. Again, no one can predict how yours will go, but prepare for it anyway. Yes, the hair loss is very traumatic and for me, was the biggest hurdle besides the initial dx..,but like Cathi said, you will get used to it. It is hard, and we'll support you...but it will get easier.
Keep asking the questions, nothing is too simple or silly.