Hi Nancy, I’ve been given 6 months supply every time, so they are starting to stockpile now, I said I didn’t need them, but they gave me them anyway!
Hi thanks for replying, I guess it’s better to take the calcium regularly but I get what you mean about taking too much, who wants kidney stones on top of everything else! I’m also on hormone therapy, Anastrozole for 10 years.
I was given a big bag of 6 months' supply of Adcal (Calcium and Vitiamin D tablets)when I had my first infusion of Zometa last July and told to take one tablet a day.
When I went for my 2nd infusion in January I asked the nurses if I was going to be given a top up and was given only 2 boxes which gave me a further 2 months' supply .I was told my bloods would be checked for calcium levels before my next infusion in July to assess if I still needed to take any more.
I vaguely remember discussing it with my oncologist last October and he said he wasn't too worried about giving me tablets after my first treatment as the Zometa treatment obviously gives you the advantage of bone strengthening( along with hopefully preventing cancer coming back in the bones) but it can take a little while for the benefits of the bone strengthening to kick in so he would usually suggest taking calcium tablets for the first month after the infusion. I have read somewhere that there are risks in having too much calcium in the blood-I think it can cause kidney stones?-so maybe it's a balancing act.
Maybe ask your breast cancer nurse or your oncologist at your next appointment?Are you taking Aromatase Inhibitors as further treatment? I'm on Letrozole for 10 years and being given Zometa for 3, so I'l certainly be asking more questions when the Zometa stops as I will be more worried about the risks of bone thinning from the Letrozole then. For the moment, I feel the risks are countered by the Zometa.
I was given a huge bag of calcium and vitamin D chewy tablets to take twice a day every day all the way through treatment. The hospital supplied 6 months worth with the infusion.
I’m on cycle 4 of 6 Zometa and was told my hospital initially to take calcium tablets for one month following infusion, however I was told by another nurse yesterday I should have been taking calcium tablet daily? I’d be interested to know what others have been told?