• Has any male had hormone therapy and external radiation after failed brachytherapy (performed in 2005)? mY PSA IS 30

    Asked by RPAYNE on Saturday, January 14, 2012

    Has any male had hormone therapy and external radiation after failed brachytherapy (performed in 2005)? mY PSA IS 30

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    • WizardOfWesley's Avatar

      No I haven't but I'm starting External radiation this week after a robotic surgery and my PSA started to rise from less than 0.1 to .25 Did I read you right... PSAof 30.0 ?

      almost 5 years ago
    • RPAYNE's Avatar

      yes...30. I know its alarming and that is why the radiation and homone therapy are being suggested. If you are interested I will let you know the results ...I would be happy to. Right now I really need information on side effects of the treatment before I make a decision.Thanks for responding and good luck. rob

      almost 5 years ago
    • Afterglow's Avatar

      Initial treatment was a combination of radiation (IMRT) and hormones, no surgery or brachytherapy.

      Primary side effects of radiation were fatigue and bladder/bowel frequency and urgency, especially for first 2-3 hours after radiation. These cleared up fairly quickly after end of radiation (2-3 months). Also had issue of rectal bleeding, not common but not unheard of, as a result of radiation. This can be resolved by a gastrointestinal doctor using argon plasma coagulation therapy. Requires one or more sigmoidoscopies, not pleasant but effective.

      Primary side effects of hormone treatment (I was on it two years) are complete loss of libido (including any interest in or ability to have sexual relations) and hot flashes. Also had some fatigue, mild depression, breast enlagement and loss of body hair. Continue to have frequency of urination but not sure if it's from the hormone or radiation. You might want to check the web for side effects resulting from the specific hormone treatment you are getting as there are several available and side effects may vary. Also, suggest you discuss with your urologist what to expect.

      almost 5 years ago
    • RPAYNE's Avatar

      Thank you for taking the time to respond! Did your psa fall during or aftr the two years of hormone therapy and why did you stop. I just learned several days ago that this was the only option open for me at this time so I dont know much. My psa is 30 having risen from .02 after surgery in 2005. Any additional information you can share would be great! Thanks again. Rob

      almost 5 years ago

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