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Femara + Zometa = longer life?

Posted Jan 15 2009 7:53pm 2 Comments

I have an appointment with my oncologist on Monday. I am sure that he is going to think I am his most annoying patient, however, I have new research to review with him.

See, I take Femara and while I love the fact that Femara does a very good job of keeping breast cancer away (aromatase inhibition) it does a heck of a job eating away at bone. Knowing that it can reduce bone density by 8 percent per year we’ve had regular bone density studies and wouldn’t you know, I’ve gone from normal bone density to osteopenic in one year.

So now I take Femara and Fosamax, with the addition of the second medication to try to build my bones back up.

A few months ago there was research showing that Zometa use in cases of women with breast cancer before natural menopause showed a significant decrease in recurrence. Well just last week there were three clinical trials reporting the same results. I’m excited by the prospect so I’ll see you Monday doc.

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my 78 year old mother was operated for right breast cancer in the month of march 2009 .Due to her advanced age and frail health, she was advised not to undergo chaemotherapy and radiation therapy. However ,she was prescribed to take Femara one tablet daily . I am very anxious to know to what extent will this drug help her in keeping the cancerous cell away. Will she be able to lead a normal life?

Femara works by keeping estrogen from feeding the cancer so I have to assume that she has a hormonally positive cancer. While I can't make any promises I expect it will work well for her. The only thing to watch out for is the side effects of Femara.

The most common ones are hot flashes/night sweats, bone and joint pain, fatigue and weight gain.   I can tell you from personal experience that the bone and joint pain, if she develops it will decrease over time. 

 Best wishes to you both! - Kate


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