It was called "about to start Zoladex and panicking".....I told the lady on their the same story about my nurse as she was wondering if it was worth having the ovaries out rather than put up with the SE's of Zoladex.
I've been having a similar conversatiion on another thread.
When I was first diagnosed, nearly 8 years ago, a very good BC nurse told me that if I can keep my ovaries I should, even though I was ER+ and PR+. She said that once I when I was better (and I would be), the little bit of hormone left would help my bones and stop me getting a Dowager's hump (will always remember her saying that bit, as she mimed it!!).
Its a personal choice, but I've held onto that and plan to keep mine if I can.
I was diagnosed at age 34 and was on tamoxifen and zoladex for a 18 months. I then had keyhole surgery to remove my ovaries, and moved onto exemestane.
I finished the exemestane at the normal 5 year mark. A year later and the cancer returned. So for me, having my ovaries out seemed to make no difference as my cancer was 8/8 hormone positive again. Now on Letrozole.I am also now on medication as i have osteopenia due to ovary removal at age 36.
I had ovaries removed via laprascopic procedure as the other said. This meant I could swap from Tamoxifen onto anastrazole which stops the the production of oestrogen in other cells.
The link between ovarian and breast cancer is strong so this has reduced that possibility too.
My oncologist recommended this. I also take calcium to protect my bones.
As well as the support and information you are recieving here you might find it helpful to talk things through with a member of staff on the BCC helpline. Here you can talk through yout concerns and questions with someone who will offer you a listening ear as well as emotional support and practical information. The number to call is 0808 800 6000 and lines are open weekdays 9 to 5pm and Saturday 10 to 2pm.
Best wishes Sam, BCC Facilitator