Hi Emma, for give me as I bullet point.
1) surgeon told me that removal of ovary tissue removes the oestrogen producing tissue. Superior to shutting them down with drugs.
2) surgery was a piece of cake! I've had worse fillings!
3) do everything you can to keep the cancer at bey!
good luck x
Hi there, I had an oncologist appointment today to review the hormone therapy I started in August. I'm 37 and had a local recurrence earlier this year and had mastectomy with DIEP reconstruction followed by chemo. As the recurrence happened whilst taking tamoxifen, I've now been put on the monthly injections of zoladex and also taking exemesthane.
At my review today, I discussed the side effects of the hormone therapy which is mainly achy joints, mood swings and hot flushes which are obviously the menopausal symptoms kicking in. The oncologist told me that they generally get to a peak about 8 weeks after starting them and should now reduce and advised me on taking glucosamine to help with the joints. However, she did say that if I was finding the zoladex and side effects too much, I could think about getting my ovaries removed.
I was quite surprised at this being suggested so early on as I thought this would be a last resort sort of thing. But the cynic in me wondered if its a new cost cutting idea due to the injections being very expensive. Anyway, I wondered what the benefits might be as I'm assuming I will still suffer the menopausal effects similar to what I am now. My partner said that it seemed like a good idea as my ovaries are now redundant and its the hormone they produce that helped my cancer grow and also return. But my initial thoughts are that its quite a drastic solution and do I want another operation. Also can I have keyhole surgery if my reconstruction was a DIEP as this means my abdomen has already suffered quite a bit already!
Sorry for all the questions! Any advice would be great.
Hi. I had my ovaries out New Years Eve last year and I was fine. I had the op in the morning and I was home by 2pm and at a New Year's Party that night (didn't make it to midnight). It was key hole surgery which left 3 scars which are now faded. I am aged 47 and hit the change head on but it was not as bad as I expected. Good luck for your operation. X
Its 100% the right thing to do! And it makes the world of difference to knock those little oestrogen machines out!
I am on a hormone treatment now that is pretty much doing the same thing - removing any excess oestrogen out of the body-but just by tablet rather than surgery-as I am that much older and properly post menopausal 55!!
Very best of luck-you will be fine! 🙂
Take care and look forward to hearing how it went!!
I myelf have not had ovaries removed, (not sure how old you are) but I do know a friend who had to have them removed and she was fine afterwards! Of course there is the usual post op stuff, but it really is a relatively quick and simple operation, so recovery should not be too bad. depending on your age, the psychological aspects could be harder to come to terms with, but if this treatment is guaranteeing you many many years of health and happiness in the future, it is much easier to deal with that!
Good luck, I will be thinking of you, let us know how it goes....