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Other therapies given at the same time as Zoladex

  • Anti-androgen tablets are another form of hormonal therapy. They are often given at the same time as Zoladex, but work in a different way. Instead of reducing testosterone levels, they actually stop the cancer cells from being able to use testosterone. This means that if the testes are still producing some testosterone, or there is testosterone production elsewhere, it will not be able to have any effect on the growth of cancer cells3
  • Zoladex can also be given before or after radiotherapy, which involves shrinking and killing a tumour using beams of radiation
  • Radical prostatectomy (removal of the prostate gland) may be recommended when the prostate cancer is locally advanced1,2
  • Brachytherapy (or prostate seed implantation) is a type of internal radiation therapy where tiny metallic seeds are put inside the prostate. The seeds give off radiation slowly over time until they run out, and can be safely left inside the body

Reporting of side effects

Like all medicines, Zoladex can cause side effects, although not everybody gets them.

If you get any side effects, talk to your doctor, pharmacist or nurse. This includes any possible side effects not listed in the package leaflet. You can also report side effects directly via the Yellow Card Scheme, Website: www.mhra.gov.uk/yellowcard. By reporting side effects you can help provide more information on the safety of this medicine.

  1. Zoladex 10.8 mg SPC. https://www.medicines.org.uk/emc/medicine/8146. (Accessed July 2017).
  2. Zoladex 3.6 mg SPC. https://www.medicines.org.uk/emc/medicine/7855. (Accessed July 2017).
  3. Gomella Vol 11 No2 2009 pg 53

How is Zoladex given?

Read more about the injection process with Zoladex treatment

Zoladex injection process

GB-6242. Date of Preparation: Sept 2017