Your question: How effective is Zoladex for breast cancer?

How long should I take Zoladex for breast cancer?

How long will I be given goserelin for? If you have primary breast cancer, goserelin is usually given for up to five years or sometimes longer. If you have secondary breast cancer, you will be given goserelin for as long as it keeps the cancer under control.

How long can you have Zoladex injections for?

The length of your treatment with Zoladex will depend on what you are having it for: To treat uterine fibroids, you should only have Zoladex for up to three months. To treat endometriosis, you should only have Zoladex for up to six months.

Is Zoladex a form of chemotherapy?

Zoladex During Chemotherapy Can Help Preserve Fertility in Women Diagnosed With Early-Stage, Hormone-Receptor-Negative Disease. Many women diagnosed with breast cancer, especially younger women, are concerned about their ability to have children after treatment.

Is Zoladex cancer treatment?

Goserelin for Women (Zoladex®) Goserelin is also known as Zoladex®. It is used to treat breast cancer.

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Will I gain weight on Zoladex?

Weight gain is possible with Zoladex. In a clinical study, about 3% of people who received Zoladex reported gaining weight. Researchers compared Zoladex with danazol, another drug used for endometriosis. Of the people who took danazol, 23% reported weight gain.

Why is Zoladex given in breast cancer?

Uses: Zoladex typically is used to reduce the risk of early-stage, hormone-receptor-positive breast cancer coming back in premenopausal women after surgery and other treatments. How it’s given: Zoladex is given as an injection once a month for several months or every few months.

What does Zoladex do to the body?

It works by decreasing testosterone hormones in men and estrogen hormones in women. This effect helps to slow or stop the growth of certain cancer cells and uterine tissue that need these hormones to grow and spread.

Can Zoladex cause hair loss?

SIDE EFFECTS: Hot flashes (flushing), dizziness, headache, increased sweating, decreased sexual interest/ability, trouble sleeping, nausea, change in breast size, hair loss, or mental/mood changes (such as depression, mood swings, hallucinations) may occur.

What happens if you miss a Zoladex injection?

Missing a dose can cause breakthrough bleeding. After you stop using Zoladex, you should begin having regular periods within 12 weeks. Your blood sugar may need to be checked while using Zoladex, even if you are not diabetic. Goserelin can cause unusual results with certain medical tests.

How do you feel after Zoladex injection?

Depression was reported as a common side effect of Zoladex. Specifically, it was reported in studies of the drug for treating breast cancer, endometriosis, and abnormal menstrual bleeding. Symptoms of depression may last for 2 weeks or longer and often include: feelings of sadness or hopelessness.

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How painful is Zoladex injection?

You usually have injections under the skin (subcutaneous injection) into the stomach. You might have stinging or a dull ache for a short time after this type of injection but they don’t usually hurt much. The skin in the area may go red and itchy for a while.

Can you drink alcohol with Zoladex?

What drugs and food should I avoid while taking Zoladex (Goserelin (Implant))? Avoid drinking alcohol. It can increase your risk of bone loss while you are being treated with goserelin. Avoid smoking, which can increase your risk of bone loss, stroke, or heart problems.

When should I start taking Zoladex?

Generally we advise starting your first injection in the first 10 days following a normal period. For women with very irregular periods this may not be possible. If being used as adjuvant treatment for early breast cancer, the Zoladex is usually started after all chemotherapy and radiotherapy has been completed.

Can you still ovulate on Zoladex?

GnRH agonists are hormones that block GnRH, a hormone made in the brain that tells the ovaries to get ready for ovulation. Ovulation happens when a mature egg is released from the ovary, ready to be fertilized. When GnRH is blocked, no ovulation occurs. So Zoladex causes the ovaries to temporarily shut down.