Thank you for all your responses. I've made my mind up now and will go ahead with the surgery. I think it is like you said, Rattles, it's having a choice that has made me dither this time. There was no choice with the other surgery and treatment i've had! And i feel that clearly the small risks involved far outweigh the other risks if I didn't have it done!
Po, regarding the Tamoxifen, my Oncologist said that in some people the body kind of gets used to the Tamoxifen and cancer cells start to find ways to "get round it" so it's not as effective. I hope it goes well for you when you see the Oncologist on Wednesday.
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Hi I've just joined and hope someone can offer some advice. I was first diagnosed in 2007 and underwent a mastectomy with immediate reconstruction. I was started on Tamoxifen for 5 years and Zoladex for 2 years. Three weeks after stopping the Tamoxifen after taking it for five and a half years in the end, i found a lump in the reconstructed breast which turned out to be a recurrence. I had a lumpectomy (wide local excision) and 23 sessions of radiotherapy. I'm now on Letrozole, as the oncologist said the Tamoxifen had obviously stopped working, and the Zoladex injections every month this time for 5 years as I've not gone through the menopause yet and Letrozole can only be given to post-menopausal women, hence the Zoladex all the time I'm taking the Letrozole. I hate having the Zoladex injections. I find it a pain going to the GP every month to have it and I hate the way it makes me feel. I seem to have settled down on the Letrozole now but have more side-effects on this than with Tamoxifen and some days I just don't feel "right". Anyway, my oncologist has referred me to gynae to have my ovaries removed and I saw him last week. Initially, I was keen to have this surgery but when I saw him and he explained the small risks involved ie damage to bladder or bowel, major blood vessels and nerves, i"m wondering should i have this surgery just for the sake of finding the Zoladex an inconvenience! The surgeon has told me to go away and think about it and now, having discussed it with my husband and thought about it more, I'm thinking that obviously the oncologist wouldn't refer me for this procedure just because I don't like the injections, it must decrease the risks of recurrence or ovarian cancer? I was told i wouldn't feel any better or worse than i do now on Zoladex once i've had the surgery, that it's done laproscopically as a day stay with 2 weeks off work if all goes well. I was asked if I wanted the ovaries removed after my initial diagnosis but declined then as i couln't face more surgery at that time. I guess the fact that i've been asked again must mean it's better to have it done. Has anyone been through this and had the same worries I have? Sorry if I've waffled on.
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