• Shots

    Asked by lindi143 on Wednesday, February 22, 2017

    Shots

    My husband had surgery and chemo for Prostate cancer now it is almost a year of being on the hormone shots should he keep taking them, will the cancer return if he quits. I know there is always a chance of it returning. The doctor says it will but does not know when. Should he risk not taking them to see what happens? just interested in opnions . Thanks so much.

    12 Answers from the Community

    12 answers
    • barryboomer's Avatar
      barryboomer

      OYE.....why not stop and when or if it returns he can take it again....He's taking a women's hormone and can be pretty awful sometimes....Make sure you look up Diet for Prostate Cancer....

      over 2 years ago
    • geekling's Avatar
      geekling

      There is no answer for you anywhere because no one is able to predict the future.

      I used to but the cats grabbed my crystal ball as their toy and now I am unable to find where they hid it.

      Doctors have charts and statistics of past events. You are entitled to see them or be told where to look for them. One chart might say that 73 men with prostate cancer were treated. 56 men are in complete remission (Im making these numbers up) and continue to take the prescribed meds. 22 men stopped taking the meds and remain in remission.12 men did not respond to treatment and 2 men remissed with no treatment. No men died. From the (Just a mathmatical example .. I made them up!) numbers, doctors extrapolate odds and chances.

      Future possibilities are determined from past events but are predicted with zero xertainty and no expectation of a miracle.

      Best wishes

      over 2 years ago
    • lindi143's Avatar
      lindi143

      Thank you both for your answers. I hope you find your crystal ball soon Geekling. LOL that is what i think too and we will stop and see what happens. I just wanted to hear from others and this is the best and I appreciate the responses. This site has been invaluable to us through this whole process. I just needed to touch base here .

      over 2 years ago
    • Dr-who's Avatar
      Dr-who

      Could you share some additional information? What was his Gleason score? Did the cancer migrate outside his prostate? Does he have a measurable PSA? Depending on how far the cancer was is a major factor in if it comes back. If it was contained in the prostate with clean margins then there is a good chance it may not come back. If it had spread, then the prognosis is not as good.
      I have Stage 4, Gleason 8, Ductal, T3N1Mx. Had surgery (removed 14 lymph nodes, one cancerous, along with the prostate), 38 rounds of radiation and I am eight months into two years of Lupron. In my case the doctors expect that sooner or later the cancer will come back.

      over 2 years ago
    • Ross' Avatar
      Ross

      There are as many answers as there are different diagnoses for this cancer. My case is just 1. In '09 I was diagnosed with stage 2+ PC. In '10 I had surgery and had 2 months of radiation. Biopsy after surgery put me at stage 3. Urologist and oncologist wanted me on hormones for 2-3 years. They later extended the hormones to about 4+ years. I went off the hormones after 4+ years. Now 7 years with the usual side effects remaining (like hot flashes and ed) but otherwise doing very well. My psa remains undetectable. I feel blessed to be able to say that I have no active cancer at this time. Best wishes to all that are in this journey.
      A survivor, Ross

      over 2 years ago
    • Ross' Avatar
      Ross

      There are as many answers as there are different diagnoses for this cancer. My case is just 1. In '09 I was diagnosed with stage 2+ PC. In '10 I had surgery and had 2 months of radiation. Biopsy after surgery put me at stage 3. Urologist and oncologist wanted me on hormones for 2-3 years. They later extended the hormones to about 4+ years. I went off the hormones after 4+ years. Now 7 years with the usual side effects remaining (like hot flashes and ed) but otherwise doing very well. My psa remains undetectable. I feel blessed to be able to say that I have no active cancer at this time. Best wishes to all that are in this journey.
      A survivor, Ross

      over 2 years ago
    • Ross' Avatar
      Ross

      There are as many answers as there are different diagnoses for this cancer. My case is just 1. In '09 I was diagnosed with stage 2+ PC. In '10 I had surgery and had 2 months of radiation. Biopsy after surgery put me at stage 3. Urologist and oncologist wanted me on hormones for 2-3 years. They later extended the hormones to about 4+ years. I went off the hormones after 4+ years. Now 7 years with the usual side effects remaining (like hot flashes and ed) but otherwise doing very well. My psa remains undetectable. I feel blessed to be able to say that I have no active cancer at this time. Best wishes to all that are in this journey.
      A survivor, Ross

      over 2 years ago
    • Ross' Avatar
      Ross

      There are as many answers as there are different diagnoses for this cancer. My case is just 1. In '09 I was diagnosed with stage 2+ PC. In '10 I had surgery and had 2 months of radiation. Biopsy after surgery put me at stage 3. Urologist and oncologist wanted me on hormones for 2-3 years. They later extended the hormones to about 4+ years. I went off the hormones after 4+ years. Now 7 years with the usual side effects remaining (like hot flashes and ed) but otherwise doing very well. My psa remains undetectable. I feel blessed to be able to say that I have no active cancer at this time. Best wishes to all that are in this journey.
      A survivor, Ross

      over 2 years ago
    • lindi143's Avatar
      lindi143

      Ross, Thank you for your answer I am so happy to hear you are doing well and that gives me hope that my husband may be the same way. Best wishes to you.

      over 2 years ago
    • Whitey61's Avatar
      Whitey61

      If you had chemo for your prostate cancer, there was evident metastases, typical adenocarcinoma responds to hormone deprevation Theraphy that stops the testosterone production that fuels this cancer...Your PSA will determine if and when it is needed?, It in my honest opinion should be continued for the duration, the alternative is not an option.

      over 2 years ago
    • Slinger's Avatar
      Slinger

      I had surgery and was on the shots for 1 year like your husband. I stopped the shots as the PSA dropped to < .1. 3 mos after stopping the shots my PSA is up slightly to .2. Dr said if it goes over .6 they'll put me back on the shots. He's mentioned that he has patients that cycle on and off the shots for years.

      over 2 years ago
    • lindi143's Avatar
      lindi143

      Thank you Slinger for your answer I think that is how it will go with him. Thankyou again.

      over 2 years ago

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