• Why is Lupron given if it helps feed the cancer cells?

    Asked by HotRodTodd on Friday, March 15, 2013

    Why is Lupron given if it helps feed the cancer cells?

    3 Answers from the Community

    • nancyjac's Avatar

      Lupron (leuprolide) is a man-made form of a hormone that regulates many processes in the body. Leuprolide overstimulates the body's own production of certain hormones, which causes that production to shut down temporarily. Lupron reduces the amount of testosterone in men or estrogen in women.

      Lupron is used in men to treat the symptoms of prostate cancer. Lupron treats only the symptoms of prostate cancer and does not treat the cancer itself. But to the best of my knowledge it does not feed cancer cells.

      over 3 years ago
    • WizardOfWesley's Avatar

      It shuts down the growth of the cancer cells ...it is Testosterone that feeds the cells ...

      over 3 years ago
    • mgm48's Avatar

      Testosterone is the villain here and Lupron is simply a drug that helps shut down most of the production of testosterone. That's why all of the TV ads for testosterone boosting concoctions including the Rx kind, come with a warning that men with PC should avoid them. Even some of the advanced treatments work on a similar principle - Casodex, Zytiga and Xtandi all try to block the use of any testosterone by the cancer cells.

      The more you know the more you can help your doctors help you.

      Keep it positive and smile :)

      over 3 years ago

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