• Do doctors ever suggest Lupron treatments as a substitute for chemotherapy or radiation?

    Asked by HotRodTodd on Tuesday, April 16, 2013

    Do doctors ever suggest Lupron treatments as a substitute for chemotherapy or radiation?

    I have read a lot of information on some of the new drugs coming out, it sounds promising.

    4 Answers from the Community

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    • carm's Avatar

      Yes, Lupron is usually used for advanced prostate cancer palliative treatment. Carm RN.

      over 4 years ago
    • MichaelV's Avatar

      Back in 2005 I had radiation after my PSA returned following a radical prostatectomy in Jan. 2003. The following year my PSA started to rise again(I have laid this all out in my experiences in detail. In 2006 I started Lupron shots once a year, then every 6 months, then every 3 months and that kept things at bay until late 2011. At that time I started with Zitiga and that worked until recently. I just had my second Taxotere infusion last week so I escaped "chemo" for almost 10 years. I have never been a fan of chemo as I have seen it destroy far more people in the long run than it has helped especially when they start with the mixed cocktails!
      There are quite a few drugs on the market. I switched to a young oncologist as too many of the "older folk docs" seem to be stuck with a chemo brain of their own. Feel free to contact me as I am more than willing to share my experiences and the info I have collected over the last 10 years. Hope this is of some help to you. My thoughts are with you in starving off this insidious disease. Michael

      over 4 years ago
    • mgm48's Avatar

      Lipron is part of hormone therapy and it almost always precedes chemo as MichaelV said it often works for a long time.

      Keep it positive and smile :)

      over 4 years ago
    • Ross' Avatar

      HotRodTodd: In my case, I was started on Lupron & Casadex before radiation. I have continued with both for 3 yrs. now and expect to continue for sometime. My last blood test reported a PSA of .02 (negligible) There seems to be various methods of treatments used and its hard to know if there is 1 better than another. Best wishes, Ross

      over 4 years ago

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