Thanks for posting. This sounds like a difficult time.
It’s natural to question whether any of the treatment you have been on or are on have not worked in controlling the cancer.
It would be really difficult to say whether it’s the Zoladex that has been ineffective. It’s not always clear why someone’s cancer might spread or grow while on they are on therapy. Some people become resistant to treatment and research is trying to understand why this is.
It’s also possible that in some situations the areas of secondary breast cancer have different characteristics. So that some will respond to treatment and remain under control, whilst others will progress. Because of this, if possible, oncologists will often biopsy the area that is not responding to treatment to re-check the characteristics and see if it provides any information to suggest that other treatments may be useful. If this hasn’t already been discussed, you can ask your oncologist whether this may be an option for you.
Although it might be difficult for anyone to say what treatment may or may not have helped, you can also talk this through with your oncologist when you see them this week.
I wonder what support you have at the moment. Being diagnosed with secondary breast cancer and feeling as though treatment options are running out can cause a range of many emotions. It can be hard to know what to think, where to turn to for support, and even harder to find anyone who really understands what it feels like to live with the diagnosis.
We provide a number of different services for people living with secondary breast cancer aimed at providing both information and support. Our Helpline team are here for anyone affected by breast cancer. We have time to listen to your concerns, talk things through and signpost you to more support and information.
Some people find it helpful to talk with others who are going through a similar experience. We have a secondary breast cancer online discussion forum for sharing information and support. There is also a weekly Live chat session which runs on Tuesdays at 8.30-9.30pm. Both services allow people to talk over their experiences and offer support to each other.
Our face to face Living with Secondary Breast Cancer monthly sessions also give you the chance to meet and share experiences with other people who understand what you’re going through because they’re going through it too.
In a safe and relaxed environment, our regular sessions provide information about all aspects of living with the disease, as well as the chance to meet and talk openly with other people with the same diagnosis.
You can search for current locations and dates on the above link or you can call 0345 077 1893 for more information.
Do call our Helpline if you would like to talk this through or have any further questions. Your call will be confidential and the number is free from UK landlines and all mobile networks.
The number is 0808 800 6000 (Text relay prefix 18001).
Our opening hours are Monday to Friday 9am - 4pm and 9am -1pm on Saturday. Out of hours you can leave a message and we will call you back when we next open.
Breast Cancer Now Nurse
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