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What are alternatives to zometa/xgeva for bone loss/sre prevention in breast cancer, bone mets that do not decrease calcium? Thank you.

What are alternatives to zometa/xgeva for bone loss/sre prevention in breast cancer, bone mets that do not decrease calcium? Thank you.

Not much else: The alternative is avoid both and not take anything as there is nothing else available that helps. But low calcium is of no consequence especailly with zometa. ...Read more

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What are side effects of zometa ?

What are side effects of zometa  ?

Zometa: Fatigue, anemia, muscle aches, fever, swollen feet or legs, flu-like symptoms, & rarely osteonecrosis of the jaw & bone fractures. ...Read more

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I took zometa IV 7yrs ago. Now I have osteoporosis & was prescribed an oral similar drugs. Will this cause osteonecrosis of jaw ? My tooth hurts!

I took zometa IV 7yrs ago. Now I have osteoporosis & was prescribed an oral similar drugs. Will this cause osteonecrosis of jaw ? My tooth hurts!

See dentist: You can have dental treatment while you are taking medications for osteoporosis. Dental care is extremely important and you want to save your teeth if possible. Your dentist will discuss the very low risk of osteonecrosis after extractions with you. Try to treat the tooth rather than remove it. ...Read more

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What are the benefits we get from zometa and what are the side effect? I'm a her2 breast cancer stage 3 patient

What are the benefits we get from zometa and what are the side effect? I'm a  her2 breast cancer stage 3 patient

Controversial: I personally think there is a benefit based on the trials. Specifically in post-menopausal women. Not only treating or preventing osteoporosis but also preventing breast cancer recurrence. But i think the final answer is still unknown. The side effects are few but one which is rare can be problematic, osteonecrosis of the jaw. ...Read more

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What is Zometa used for?

What is Zometa used for?

High Calcium: This drug is used to treat high calcium levels caused by cancer, multiple myeloma, Paget's disease and osteoporosis. See this page: https://www.drugs.com/zometa.html ...Read more

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What are side effects of zometa ?

Zometa: Fatigue, anemia, muscle aches, fever, swollen feet or legs, flu-like symptoms, & rarely osteonecrosis of the jaw & bone fractures. ...Read more

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Has anyone taken Xeloda (capecitabine) or zometa for mets?

Has anyone taken Xeloda (capecitabine) or zometa for mets?

These are 2 options: Xeloda (capecitabine) - is an oral chemotherapy drug that can be used for certain metastatic cancers alone or in combination with other chemotherapy drugs as palliative treatment. Zometa - is used in a situation where cancer has spread to the bones. Its not chemotherapy but a bisphosphanate, a medication used to prevent further weakening of bones by cancer and prevent fractures. In some situations both are given. ...Read more

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Has anyone taken Xeloda (capecitabine) or zometa for mets from breast?

Has anyone taken Xeloda (capecitabine) or zometa for mets from breast?

Not uncommon: Xeloda (capecitabine) is a chemotherapy drug related to 5-fu. It is a tablet and is used by itself in the elderly and in combination with other drugs for breast cancer. It is relatively well tolerated. Zometa is a bisphosphonate designed to strengthen bone like drugs for osteoporosis. In metastatic cancer its job is to reduce the liklihood of fracture and other problems in bone. ...Read more

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What is your opinion on zometa infusions every month for bone cancer treatment?

What is your opinion on zometa infusions every month for bone cancer treatment?

It is commonly used: Zometa is commonly used along with chemotherapy for ccancers that have spread to the bones. It is a medicine which is useful to strenghten the bones to prevent fracture of the bone due to weakness caused by cancer. ...Read more

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Why is it that after a phase of zometa, the doctor asks the patient to treat their teeth and then continue to the second phase?

Why is it that after a phase of zometa, the doctor asks the patient to treat their teeth and then continue to the second phase?

Bisphosphanate has s: zometa and few more medications has bisphosphanates which may cause osteonecrosis and prevention of any dental infections is very important and that may be the reason your MD wants you to see Dentist more often. Good luck ...Read more

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Resuming treatment for myeloma with rev and dex. Recent dexa scan says I have bones of young adult! Haem insists I have zometa infusions. Why?

Resuming treatment for myeloma with rev and dex. Recent  dexa scan says I have bones of young adult! Haem insists I have zometa infusions. Why?

More benefit: Zoomed makes the bone harder. Myeloma cells live in the bone marrow next to the bone and they bore into the bone. By replacing a mineral of the bone with Zometa the bone become less tasty to the digesting cells that then feed the myeloma.Dex also can soften bones. So these are good reasons to take Zometa but don't overdo it as too much can make the bone too hard. ...Read more

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I took zometa IV 7yrs ago. Now I have osteoporosis & was prescribed an oral similar drugs. Will this cause osteonecrosis of jaw ? My tooth hurts!

See dentist: You can have dental treatment while you are taking medications for osteoporosis. Dental care is extremely important and you want to save your teeth if possible. Your dentist will discuss the very low risk of osteonecrosis after extractions with you. Try to treat the tooth rather than remove it. ...Read more

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What are the benefits we get from zometa and what are the side effect? I'm a her2 breast cancer stage 3 patient

Controversial: I personally think there is a benefit based on the trials. Specifically in post-menopausal women. Not only treating or preventing osteoporosis but also preventing breast cancer recurrence. But i think the final answer is still unknown. The side effects are few but one which is rare can be problematic, osteonecrosis of the jaw. ...Read more

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