Hi Missymoi. Active ovaries produce oestrogen which feeds the cancer and increases the chance of recurrence. So, particularly if you have a very oestrogen receptive cancer, you can have monthly injections of Zolodex to stop your ovaries working, or have them removed. Debbie x
Goodness me that is such different advice to what I was given. It's so strange when you hear of different practice happening elsewhere.
I was only 49 when put on Zolodex (now 51) because it was discovered after already switching from tamoxifen to anastraole that I was peri menopausual. I am due to have the zolodex injections stopped later this summer as have been told that by then after being on them for over 2 years I would definately be post menopause. However by then I will only be the ripe old age of 52!
Not sure what to think now.
Just jumping in on this thread. I am on Tamoxifen and monthly Zoladex after being diagnosed at age 51 in Sept 2017 with BC and peri menopausal. My oncologist said if the side effects of Zoladex became unbearable she would be happy for me to have my ovaries removed. Strange how advice differs.
Just read this thread and am interested as have been having Zolodex injections for nearly 2 years now.
When I originally enquired at the start of injections about having my ovaries out I was told no by oncologist as too invasive and would be unnecessary. I'm 51 now and just wondering what ages you all are?
Hi. Yes, I had mine removed. Was diagnosed in 2016 and had left mastectomy. Didn’t need chemo or radio (even though I had a positive lymph node) and am on anastrazole for 10 years. Initially I was also having monthly injections of zolodex to stop ovaries as I wasn’t quite past menopause. Very tiresome having two whammies of hormone treatment so I suggested to my oncologist that I have my ovaries removed. He had been going to suggest it himself when things had settled down a bit for me. So, a year after mastectomy, I did. It was day surgery and recovery wasn’t too long or too bad. I have a small scar above my bikini line. When he discharged me the surgeon who did the op said “congratulations - you’ve done everything you can do “, and no more zolodex injections! It has,of course, pushed me into total menopause, but the zolodex did anyway. Hope this is helpful. Debbie x