Goserelin (Zoladex®)

Common name: Goserelin
Brand name: Zoladex®
 

What is Goserelin?

Goserelin is a hormonal therapy used to treat advanced prostate cancer by blocking the production or action of luteinizing hormone releasing hormone (LHRH) which reduces the levels of testosterone in the body.

Goserelin is used:
  • in the palliative treatment of patients with hormone-dependent advanced prostate cancer.
  • in combination with non-steroidal anti-androgens and radiation therapy for treating locally advanced prostate cancer.
  • as an adjuvant hormone therapy to external beam irradiation for locally advanced prostate cancer.


How is Goserelin administered?

Goserelin is administered by subcutaneous injection.


What are possible side effects of this treatment?

Everyone responds differently to hormone therapy – some experience many side effects while others experience very few. Below are some side effects experienced by those who received goserelin. Tell your health care team about side-effects you are experiencing so they know how best to help you manage them.
  • Breast tenderness
  • Changes to mood
  • Decreased sex drive (low libido)
  • Fatigue
  • Hot flashes
  • Impotence
  • Nausea / vomiting
  • Osteoporosis (weakened bones)
  • Rashes
  • Sore joints
  • Weight gain
 

Is Goserelin covered in my province or territory?*

Goserelin is covered by all provincial/territorial drug programs.


*Source: http://drugcoverage.ca/en-ca/search-results.aspx?ID=19055
Last Reviewed: July 2017

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