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Jan 9, 2019 12:18AM
I've been on Zoladex for about 7 months now, so I just wanted to update, and offer encouragement for others who might be starting out.
My side effects have continued to diminish compared to how it was in the beginning. I still get hot flashes, but they are less frequent and less intense. I also still have some joint pain, mostly in my back, but it's tolerable. I've actually lost some weight, and while I'm not back to my normal pre-cancer weight, I'm feeling more comfortable.
Soon I'll have to start an aromatase inhibitor too, so that might shake things up, but Zoladex alone has been okay for me.
Initial diagnosis at 32 years old. Chest wall resection 18 months later due to skin metastasis, probably from needle seeding during initial biopsy. Skin graft from right thigh!
8/2016, IDC, Right, Stage IA, Grade 3, 0/2 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
9/30/2016 Lumpectomy: Right; Lymph node removal: Sentinel
10/31/2016 Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxotere (docetaxel)
4/30/2017 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone)
9/2017, IDC, Right, Grade 3, 2/5 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
10/31/2017 Lymph node removal: Sentinel; Mastectomy: Right; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement
1/2018, IDC, Right, Grade 3, 0/5 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
4/30/2018 Lymph node removal: Right; Mastectomy
5/10/2018 External: Lymph nodes, Chest wall
7/1/2018 Zoladex (goserelin)
7/1/2018 Xeloda (capecitabine)
1/15/2019 Aromasin (exemestane)