Zometa twice a year helpful or harmful?

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Question from Arnette: What is the current opinion on taking Zometa twice a year to prevent a recurrence and increase bone density? Is it harmful?
Answers - Eric Winer, M.D. There was a large study reported at San Antonio using the drug Zometa, albeit more frequently than twice a year, to prevent bone metastasis. That study, unlike previous studies, did not suggest that Zometa helps prevent bone metastasis or other metastasis. At the moment, other than in very specific situations, most medical oncologists would not recommend the use of Zometa to prevent metastatic disease. It is a drug that can be used to prevent bone loss related to osteoporosis, but that would only involve a once-a-year dose.

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