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Has anyone ever taken goserilan shots along with Tomoxafin? What are side effects

By Anonymous January 11, 2010 - 9:56pm
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Stage 4 breast cancer with progressive bone mets. On Zometa, Boniva, Tomoxafin as well as monthly goserilan. Just started the shots of goserilan. Any success with it?? patricia

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Thank you so much for your input. It is a shot that I can live with, but has some side effects, particularly dry skin and it seems I am more withdrawn and have to force myself to be around people. i am doing okay, but sure hope it has benefit in breast cancer care. Future blood tests will tell the story. Once again thank for any information you think might help me in dealing with this. Patricia

January 12, 2010 - 6:39am

Hi Anon,

Thanks for your question and welcome.

Goserelin is a synthetic hormone similar to the one normally released from the hypothalamus gland in the brain. It is used to treat breast cancer in addition to other conditions.

When given regularly as an implant, it decreases the amount of estrogen and testosterone in the blood. Reducing estrogen is a way of treating breast cancer. Your cancer is likely estrogen receptor positive and decreasing estrogen can slow the growth of your cancer.

Common side effects include:
hot flashes
decreased sexual desire
weight gain
swelling and tenderness of the breasts
bone pain

Notify your doctor if you have any of these symptoms severely and they do not go away:
vaginal dryness
increased amount of body hair

Call your doctor immediately if you experience any of these symptoms:
chest pain
difficulty breathing
rapid heartbeat
painful urination

take care and good luck.

January 11, 2010 - 10:51pm
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