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    Anyone out there who has advanced prostate cancer and is or has struggling with the decision to do chemo (taxotere) now upfront, or wait until after hormone therapy I would like to hear from you. I'm young (57) and healthy which is an advantage for both o

    Asked by wem on Thursday, March 1, 2012

    Anyone out there who has advanced prostate cancer and is or has struggling with the decision to do chemo (taxotere) now upfront, or wait until after hormone therapy I would like to hear from you. I'm young (57) and healthy which is an advantage for both o

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      MichaelV

      I chose hormone therapy in the form of Lupren shots. I have been on the shots for a little more than 4 years. Up front, the main side effect will be that you no longer see women as women but as another human being. Your dick will slowly shrink and you will have NO thoughts about or desire for sex. Interesting mind set, one which in some ways I could have had earlier in my life perhaps preventing at least one of my three marriages all of which ended in divorce as I made some bad picks, looks over brains! I has worked for me for 4 years and they have been very interesting years. It is hard to explain to another person that sex is not an option. I am not bothered by it except for the fact it is all but impossible to explain to a woman. Oh, another thing but I don't know if the Zytiga has sped it up but over the last 4 years I have slowing lost all my body hair and now in the last year my armpits are bald and 90% of my pubic hair is gone. My skin looks great and my "age spots" are slowly fading away. The ones on my face are completely gone and the ones on my hands are 2/3 gone. Side benefit and I'll take all the benefits I can get!!!!!!!! :-)

      about 5 years ago
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      mgm48

      I chose Hormones last September. Like Michael said there aren't really very many side effects and if you can get 4 years as MichaelV has why not start that. It is considered the first line of defense and just has to be easier than chemo.

      about 5 years ago
    • wem's Avatar
      wem

      Mine has matastisized into lymphs. Any thoughts?

      about 5 years ago
    • tspoon's Avatar
      tspoon

      Husband stage 4, lymphs, marrow, bones, and both lungs have spots. HT for a year tomorrow. With gleason 9, just a matter of time. Other than sise effects mentioned, add hot flashes and weight gain, 40 lbs. Weight was 181, he needed it anyways. He would recommend it.

      about 5 years ago
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      tspoon

      He turns 60 april.

      about 5 years ago
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      mgm48

      The hormone therapy, eventhough it failed after 3 months for me, knocked the PC out of my lymph nodes and reduced my PSA from 1125 to 22 before it started up again last January.

      over 4 years ago
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      Char

      My husband has Stage IV in a lymph and his hormone refractory. Just complete four rounds of taxotere with prednisone. His PSA was doubling monthly and the chemo stopped the rise. He handled the treatment well. Tired, a little loss of hair but nothing what we thought. He was also on Lupron. Based on stage and progress with chemo he stopped Lupron too. He hated the side effects and decided it wasn't worth continuing. PSA will be followed monthly and either taxotere or Zytiga to be used when it goes up. He is 54 years old. A hint to avoid losing taste completely is to suck on ice searing your treatment. It does work.

      over 4 years ago

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