• Zometa infusions for premenopausal women?

    Asked by Clementine_P on Monday, August 22, 2011

    Zometa infusions for premenopausal women?

    I was premenopausal when I was diagnosed with cancer. The chemotherapy put me into chemopause and now I am back to being premenopausal again. I was told that I needed Zometa infusions every 6 months for 5 years because it lowers the recurrence rate for my kind of cancer and because I went into menopause so early (will help prevent osteoporosis). Does anyone know if you still get Zometa if you are not in menopause? I am just curious if I will still need it on the same schedule that I am currently getting it on. I assume so, but was just wondering. Thanks for any advice!

    Clementine

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    • KarenG_WN's Avatar
      KarenG_WN

      Hi Clementine_P! Thank you for your question, we are reaching out to our network for some answers for you on this one. As we grow the network with great people like you we will have more input on great questions like this one so keep them coming!

      over 5 years ago
    • ThinkPink's Avatar
      ThinkPink

      Clementine, I wish I had an answer for you and will be watching this to see what kind of answers you get. Did you have a bone density scan?

      I'm quite curious about Zometa possibly lowering risk of recurrence and would love to know more myself.

      over 5 years ago
    • Clementine_P's Avatar
      Clementine_P

      @ThinkPink, I did have a bone density scan. Everything was fine there, but I guess one never really knows if people are going to come out of "chemopause" so they proceed as if you aren't. I'll let you know what happens at my next oncologist appointment (but I don't think that one is scheduled until October).

      @Moderator - thank you very much!

      over 5 years ago
    • ThinkPink's Avatar
      ThinkPink

      @Clementine, my first dexascan last year showed I have osteopenia. Oncologist just said to take calcium. I go for second in October and next oncologist in November. I am on Femara that doesn't help the bone situation. I am going to inquire about Zometa too and especially about the potential benefit of it lower recurrence.

      over 5 years ago
    • NewFlower's Avatar
      NewFlower

      Clementine,
      Lynn recently has posted a question about Zometa and Penny and I have answered. Prophylactic use of Zometa for recurrence has recently become controversial. According to my oncologist there is no benefits for me in using Zometa for prevention of recurrence.

      As far as Zometa for osteoporosis there is no connection between menopausal status and Zometa. Osteoporosis is the only factor that determines Zometa regiment. So if you do not have osteoporosis, please ask your doctor weather or not you need continue Zometa.
      New Flower

      over 5 years ago
    • Clementine_P's Avatar
      Clementine_P

      Okay, I saw my Oncologist yesterday and he told me basically what NewFlower said - that the benefits of Zometa for recurrence are now in doubt. He also said that since I don't have osteoporosis, that I probably won't need it every six months now. When I go to my next appointment (3 months) they will perform another bone scan and if everything is good there (no reason to think that it isn't as I am young and 1 year ago didn't have osteoporosis) that I won't need the Zometa. He will change me to a once a year schedule for Zometa and when I finish with the Tamoxifen, I will come off Zometa all together. Thanks for all the answers and advice!

      Clementine

      over 5 years ago
    • Merianne41's Avatar
      Merianne41

      again, Zometa is a bone strengthener that they use in conjunction with other things. It is not a chemo drug but a prevention for a cancer patient that might fall, not anything else. I am stage four postmenapausal, taking Femara and the Zometa is a bone strengthener for me in case I fall because I have osteoporosis. But the combination of Femara and Zometa has been good in my case, more to do with the Femara. Try it and see if your numbers change. Be proactive and research! Also, go for a second opinion! Zometa has a website and it has helped me understand about bone metastisis. Just a thought if you need to research it

      over 5 years ago
    • Clementine_P's Avatar
      Clementine_P

      Zometa was used in the recent past as both a bone strengthener and to lower the risk of recurrence of some breast cancers. Now, use for recurrence is coming into doubt. I do not need to have my bones strengthened, but instead was put on Zometa because it could lower my risk of recurrence. Now with this new information, however, my MO doesn't want me to get it for another year and perhaps not at all.

      Best,
      Clementine

      over 5 years ago
    • bbailey248's Avatar
      bbailey248

      I was on Femara after my chemo. This caused extreme stiffness to my already arthritic hands. That med was changed to Exemestine. In both cases I received infusions of Zometa to..as it was explained...to aid my bones in regard to the affect the Femara ànd Exemestine had on them.

      over 4 years ago
    • GetMyLifeBack's Avatar
      GetMyLifeBack

      I have Zometa infusions every six months because I am taking Zolodex and the Zometa is supposed to help prevent osteoporosis. The results for Zometa are inconclusive at this time. I was premenopausal prior to any form of treatment and went into chemopause as soon as I started treatment.

      over 4 years ago

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