• Hormonal therapy

    Asked by nealjomar on Friday, June 21, 2013

    Hormonal therapy

    Why is everybody saying progressing despite Hormonal Therapy? Is it not a good way for treatment..

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    • karen1956's Avatar
      karen1956

      not sure what you are asking...

      about 6 years ago
    • Char's Avatar
      Char

      It is a good therapy but eventually prostate cancer learns how to to get around it and continues to spread. My husband was on Lupron for two years where it lowered his PSA. Unfortunately he has an aggressive cancer and his PSA began to rise again. Some men can be on it for years and it continues to work. Everyone is different.

      about 6 years ago
    • danteach50's Avatar
      danteach50

      Actually I began Trelstar injections and get them every three months 9 months ago. I added a Bicalutamide pill daily and went through radiation from December to February. My cancer came back last summer aggressive even though I went through a radical prostatectomy raising my PSA levels to 5. The treatments lowered my PSA to .1 as of last month. So for me the hormonal treatments has contained my cancer. However, there are many side effects you have to consider.

      about 6 years ago
    • treecutter49's Avatar
      treecutter49

      When you look at the statement " progressing without despite hormonal therapy" you are looking at it as a statement and not as a question which is what it is. Some guys have started with the hormones and some have not. if you look at what is written right next to the question it says yes,no or don't know. hope that helps clear things up

      about 6 years ago
    • treecutter49's Avatar
      treecutter49

      must be the gray matter is not engaged this morning. the without is not supposed to be there. good luck.

      about 6 years ago
    • KanakaJoe's Avatar
      KanakaJoe

      Hormone drug therapy doesn't cure prostate cancer, only retards it...that's my understanding. I has a 6-month shot on Deceber 20, 2012, in conjunction with 9 weeks of IMRT radiation therapy which was scheduled just about smack dab in the middle of the 6 month hormone drug period. For me, the side effects of the drugs seems to have intensified a bit in the last 3-4 weeks of the 6-month period (profuse sweating instead of just feeling HOT), but the positive effects (increased urination flow - tumor/prostate shrinkage) occurred within a month of taking the shot. Today is the 22nd and I got up with a HOT flash....this has been quite troubling and frustating....that the side effects have intensified and in fact, are still occurring, but of course, main thing is, I'm ALIVE....with radiation, you don't get a "new baseline" for a year or so...so it's a waiting game...I would NOT want to be on hormone drugs indefinitely.....definitely has a big effect on quality of life....

      about 6 years ago
    • KanakaJoe's Avatar
      KanakaJoe (Best Answer!)

      Hormone drug therapy doesn't cure prostate cancer, only retards it...that's my understanding. I has a 6-month shot on Deceber 20, 2012, in conjunction with 9 weeks of IMRT radiation therapy which was scheduled just about smack dab in the middle of the 6 month hormone drug period. For me, the side effects of the drugs seems to have intensified a bit in the last 3-4 weeks of the 6-month period (profuse sweating instead of just feeling HOT), but the positive effects (increased urination flow - tumor/prostate shrinkage) occurred within a month of taking the shot. Today is the 22nd and I got up with a HOT flash....this has been quite troubling and frustating....that the side effects have intensified and in fact, are still occurring, but of course, main thing is, I'm ALIVE....with radiation, you don't get a "new baseline" for a year or so...so it's a waiting game...I would NOT want to be on hormone drugs indefinitely.....definitely has a big effect on quality of life....

      about 6 years ago
    • KanakaJoe's Avatar
      KanakaJoe

      sorry for the duplication.....trying to figure out this site....

      the drug I am on is Eligard...

      about 6 years ago
    • mgm48's Avatar
      mgm48

      Progressing means you have become Hormone Resistant. They refer to it as HrMPC as in Hormome Resistant Metastatic Prostate Cancer. It's at that point that other drugs like Zytiga, enzaludamide, and others start being used to prolong life by slowing the cancer down.

      Hope that helps

      Keep it positive and smile :)

      about 6 years ago
    • Jake's Avatar
      Jake

      If you thread the above answers together, you will get the picture: I believe mgm48 has the most direct and accurate response. I am on Zytiga/Lupron at this point due to the failure (in my case) of Casadex/Lupron HT therapy.

      almost 6 years ago
    • mgm48's Avatar
      mgm48

      I just met a man who has been on hormone therapy successfully for a bit over twenty years. We talked about lots of stuff but what we both agreed on was that there's a whole lot more to being a real man than seeing Johnson salute. Even though I'm hormone resistant I continue to use the hormone therapy. Not doing so as I understand it would cause more rapid growth and a shorter life. I got some stuff from my wife that says "Real men cook" and that's just one of the things we smile about. We made it 44 years and the last few have been some of the best. So when someone says they don't want to be on hormone therapy for long I'd suggest they rethink their priorities.

      Keep it positive and smile :)

      almost 6 years ago

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