Hi Zol, I was on 6 month checkups with cancer oncology for prostate cancer and prior to these appointments had full blood tests, scans and an annual bone scan. (I did find myself with DVT in left leg as a result of this) Following the kidney cancer operation on 6 month checks which after the next one will go to 12 months and should think, blood tests and scans prior to these as well. It will be a welcome change to have 12 month checks (both together I hope) as we know the road only too well to the big smoke. There is a 'cooling pillow' available which I find pretty good for the hot flashes, but still seem to be able to saturate both sides during an episode. Hope all goes well for you Terry2
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Morning Sambo, Late 2007 agressive Prostate Cancer diagnosis, early 2008 surgery, PSA rising till 2009 went for 8 weeks radiation treatment PSA still rising so put onto Zolodex and still going on it. Feb 2017 surgery to remove a cancerous kidney cyst (Papillary variant ) Had a fair bit of trouble with pain since then. Not sure if this re-assuring, but I have been on 3 monthly Zolodex implants for around 9 years and certainly do have side effects. Pretty much the same as Zol's list below but with hot flashes, mood swings, forgetfulness and most probably the worst - indescision. I can decide on doing something , do it and then ponder if it was the right thing to do to the point of nearly going back to it and make changes. I dread the 3 monthly implants and on consultation with my GP was told 'this is what is keeping me alive'!!! Still here to dread it, so think that's a plus. Weight gain is a problem I have to be careful of and do have lopsided breast enlargement and the 'other bits' way smaller. I did try a Zolodex alternative but the GP suggested going back to Zolodex. It put a lot of strain on me going through this and trying to do the 'right thing' at work. Now retired so life is a little easier but still have these things in the back of my mind. Good luck and will be interested to hear how you go. Terry2
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