Hi Rebecca, I had a mastectomy on 1st Feb and soon after started with the Zoladex injections, I then began on Tamoxifen 6 weeks after my surgery. I was already having signs of being in the menopause but the symptoms have increased ie hot sweats etc. My understanding of needing both was to stop oestrogen as the cancer I had, lobular, is oestrogen receptive. Think that's right ! To be honest I'm still in shock about the whole thing and agreed to the medication without really understanding the exact benefits. Sharon
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I finished radiotherapy about two months ago but due to work commitments I have only just had follow up with oncologist. At my planning appointment as well as putting me on tamoxifen she also mentioned the possibility of injections to stop ovulation (zoladex). I was not keen and still aren't and told them this week at my follow up. Reason being I'm just about coping ok with the tamoxifen and I'm not ready for an early menopause, plus it doesn't give that much benefit in terms of reducing reoccurrence. The way the offer it to you it's like something you'd really want! Anyway the feedback from elsewhere appears that it isn't usual to be offered this and others have been told it is of no extra benefit as well as tamoxifen. Is this a normal treatment regime? Thanks Rebecca