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Comply with your drug regimen if you are given one. Learn how to save money when purchasing drugs, and how to store and dispose of them safely.

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Treatment for some cancers is followed by a regimen of chemopreventive substances that can help prevent or delay a recurrence of your cancer or development of another cancer. For example, Tamoxifen may be prescribed for up to 5 years after the end of breast cancer treatment.

You may also be prescribed other medications to take on an ongoing basis.

It is important to follow the doctor's orders both as to how to take the drugs and for how long. This is known as "adherence" or "compliance." Over the long haul, some people associate continuing to take medications with their disease. They stop taking their meds to put the entire episode behind them. It is better to think of each pill you take as part of your commitment to do what you can to maximize your health.

Even if you have health insurance, you can save money by purchasing drugs wisely. If a health insurer declines to pay for use of a drug because it is "off label" (a use other than the use approved by the FDA), appeal with your doctor's help. Survivorship A to Z provides a guide to appealing. Be persistent.

Help is available if you cannot afford prescribed drugs.

For information about how to buy, take, store, dispose of drugs, as well as tips for complying with a drug regimen, click here.

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