Wise To Take Olaparid?

Hi all,

I am a 54 years female diagnosed with BRCA1. I had surgery to remove a cancerous lump between the pelvis and abdominal area in Jan 2018. The doctors suspected that the primary source was my ovaries. Midway of my 18 sessions of chemo ( carbo and taxol) , my ovaries, fallopian tubes and uterus were surgically removed.

Upon completion of my chemotherapy, I undertook bilateral mastectomy and breast impants in January 2019 as both breasts had invasive cancer ( 1-1.3 cm). One of twenty lymph nodes was cancerous. I m faced with worry on radiation. Do I need it ?

Meanwhile I am prescribed with Letrozole which I m consuming. To counter the recurrence of ovarian cancer, the oncologist suggested that I opt for Olaparid which is both expensive and carries many side effects. My husband and I are not in favour of this. Up till now, the surgeons could not confirm that I had ovarian cancer. Anyone like me BRCA 1 of a similar situation taking or taking any medication for ovarian cancer ? I hope to hear of advice from anyone.

Thank you.


Hi @Missymoi  

As you haven’t had a reply from the community yet, do feel free to give our helpline a call on 0808 800 6000. You mentioned the price of Olaparid, so I wonder whether you’d be phoning from outside the UK. If so, you can submit a question to our nurses via this link: breastcancercare.org.uk/submission/ask-our-nurses 

Take care, Becca at Breast Cancer Care.