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    RPAYNE asked a questionProstate Cancer

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

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      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
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      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
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      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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    RPAYNE asked a questionProstate Cancer

    HAD RADIATION IMPLANTS 2005. LAST YEAR PSA STARTED TO RISE AND IS NOW 25. SURGERY NOT AN OPTION. SUGGEST HORMONE THERAPY

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      Indyeastside

      Hi RPAYNE,

      I went with robotic prostatectomy, then chemo and finally hormone therapy. I was a high stage III with psa level of 96. Hormone treatments had no ill effects on me-did starve the cancer and greatly lowered my psa to under.008.

      The surgery killed any penile urges and the hormones really stop all sexual drive. Have been off all treatment for over a year now and my testosterone levels are increasing. At some point I might need another round of HT, will see.

      Never had radiation as nothing showed on bone scan. Good luck, God be with you and you have another friend now.

      almost 5 years ago
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      Six years ago I had robotic prostratectomy and did okay for the last six years. This year the cancer returned. I am currently doing a clinical trial where I have been on Hormone treatment now for 3 months and am also receiving daily radiation therapy. The CT and Bone scans did not show any cancer, so we are guessing that the cancer is where the prostrate was. The Hormone therapy has lowered my PSA down to .004. I will not know the results of the radiation therapy for several months. Initially both the Hormone and Radiation caused some side effects, but I have been able to learn to tolerate or deal with them. Because of the Hormone therapy, I have no sex drive or erections. Although using Trimex or the pump still work. I am also in a Wellness program sponsored at the hospital, which is a combination of exercise and nutrition training that helps improve your life. This has been very helpful to me.

      Good Luck and don't give up, I'll include you in my prayers.

      almost 5 years ago
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      My husband has been on HT for nearly a year now. He had no choice. PSA was 1913, stage four in the lungs. It isn't easy. No sex drive, ability, XXX actually shrinks. He is 59, has hot flashes often, has gained 30 lbs, this is good, has some really low mood swings, and is VERY emotional. But, i as him, and he says he would do it again, even with all the side effects. With a gleason score of 9, we are grateful for however long it works.

      almost 5 years ago
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