Topic: Does OV suppression ever not work?

Forum: Hormonal Therapy - Before, During, and After — This is a safe place to share your experiences of others considering or on hormonal treatment.

Posted on: Jul 26, 2022 02:16PM

Posted on: Jul 26, 2022 02:16PM

ladyc2020 wrote:

I called today to request hormone levels to be checked. They were only checked once, a few weeks after starting shots last year. Also wondering if anyone else gets Eligard shots?? Starting to wonder why I’m the only woman I know getting this.

Hormonal Therapy 2/27/2020 Femara (letrozole), Zoladex (goserelin) Dx 8/6/2020, IDC, Left, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 1, 0/2 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Hormonal Therapy 8/21/2020 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone) Surgery 9/18/2020 Lumpectomy; Lumpectomy (Left) Dx 9/23/2020, DCIS, Left, 2cm, Stage 0, Grade 1 Radiation Therapy 10/30/2020 Whole breast: Breast, Chest wall Hormonal Therapy Arimidex (anastrozole)
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Aug 3, 2022 05:43PM ladyc2020 wrote:

reply to myself to n case someone in the future has the same questions :)

Estradiol level is undetectable, LH is undetectable, FSH is 5.34 which is not considered menopausal. However I have zero estrogen so the shots are working. The FSH level is not abnormal but expected to be highe. Could possibly explain why some days I feel like I may get my period 🤷🏼♀️ OB appointment next week.

Hormonal Therapy 2/27/2020 Femara (letrozole), Zoladex (goserelin) Dx 8/6/2020, IDC, Left, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 1, 0/2 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Hormonal Therapy 8/21/2020 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone) Surgery 9/18/2020 Lumpectomy; Lumpectomy (Left) Dx 9/23/2020, DCIS, Left, 2cm, Stage 0, Grade 1 Radiation Therapy 10/30/2020 Whole breast: Breast, Chest wall Hormonal Therapy Arimidex (anastrozole)
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Aug 3, 2022 06:14PM wondering44 wrote:

ladyc2020,

I'd guess that someone wouldn't know if infusions work or not if their levels are not checked?

I'm on Zoladex. My levels are tested every 28 days right before I get the Zoladex infusion.

Surgery 8/18/2021 Lymph node removal (Right): Sentinel; Mastectomy (Right): Nipple Sparing Dx DCIS, Right, 1cm, Stage 0, Grade 2, ER+/PR+, HER2- Dx DCIS, Right, 6cm+, Stage 0, Grade 3, ER+/PR+, HER2- Dx IDC, Right, 2cm, Grade 2, ER+/PR+, HER2- Dx IDC, Right, 6cm+, Grade 3, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 8/31/2022 Mastectomy (Left): Skin Sparing; Mastectomy (Right): Skin Sparing
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Aug 3, 2022 06:59PM - edited Aug 5, 2022 10:23PM by wondering44

I'm on Zoladex. My levels are checked every 28 days one to two hours before every infusion since I started.

Surgery 8/18/2021 Lymph node removal (Right): Sentinel; Mastectomy (Right): Nipple Sparing Dx DCIS, Right, 1cm, Stage 0, Grade 2, ER+/PR+, HER2- Dx DCIS, Right, 6cm+, Stage 0, Grade 3, ER+/PR+, HER2- Dx IDC, Right, 2cm, Grade 2, ER+/PR+, HER2- Dx IDC, Right, 6cm+, Grade 3, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 8/31/2022 Mastectomy (Left): Skin Sparing; Mastectomy (Right): Skin Sparing
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Aug 5, 2022 01:20AM ladyc2020 wrote:

Ah is zolodex an infusion? I get Eligard shots each month. I wonder why levels are checked monthly with zolodex and not leuprolide shots? 🤷🏼♀️

Hormonal Therapy 2/27/2020 Femara (letrozole), Zoladex (goserelin) Dx 8/6/2020, IDC, Left, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 1, 0/2 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Hormonal Therapy 8/21/2020 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone) Surgery 9/18/2020 Lumpectomy; Lumpectomy (Left) Dx 9/23/2020, DCIS, Left, 2cm, Stage 0, Grade 1 Radiation Therapy 10/30/2020 Whole breast: Breast, Chest wall Hormonal Therapy Arimidex (anastrozole)
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Aug 5, 2022 10:34PM - edited Aug 8, 2022 10:58PM by wondering44

ladyc2020,

On MyChart it reads as an infusion. That is how mine is listed.

My appointments are scheduled every 28 days four months in advance. The bloodwork to test my hormone levels is the first appointment, and I wait for an hour and then see the Oncologist. After that appointment, I get the Zoladex.

I am not sure why your levels are not checked. You can ask for clarification for sure. Maybe someone out here can provide clarification on it. I have not heard of the shot you are getting, so I don't have any insight to share on it.

Surgery 8/18/2021 Lymph node removal (Right): Sentinel; Mastectomy (Right): Nipple Sparing Dx DCIS, Right, 1cm, Stage 0, Grade 2, ER+/PR+, HER2- Dx DCIS, Right, 6cm+, Stage 0, Grade 3, ER+/PR+, HER2- Dx IDC, Right, 2cm, Grade 2, ER+/PR+, HER2- Dx IDC, Right, 6cm+, Grade 3, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 8/31/2022 Mastectomy (Left): Skin Sparing; Mastectomy (Right): Skin Sparing
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Aug 8, 2022 02:37PM gb2115 wrote:

Zoladex is an injection. It's a pellet that's injected, and then slowly dissolves over 28 days.

I've been getting Zoladex shots since February, and they have never checked hormone levels.

First Dx IDC in 10/16 at age 38, stage 2A, 1.2 cm ER/PR+ Her2-, Grade 2, 1/3 nodes. Lumpectomy + radiation + tamoxifen. Second Dx IDC recurrence in original location 5/21. 1.3 cm ER/PR+, Her2 -. Grade 2. 2/2 nodes. UMX + AC/T + Zoladex/Exemestane + Zometa.

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