Post Edited By Moderator (James C.) : 6/29/2010 7:28:35 AM (GMT-6)
Post Edited (erbob) : 6/29/2010 2:40:19 PM (GMT-6)
"Lupron 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. It reduces the amount of testosterone in men or estrogen in women.
Less serious Lupron side effects may include:
impotence, loss of interest in sex"
Much more here: http://www.drugs.com/lupron.html
The hormones, when used in prostate cancer can have different goals.
The way I see it in your case, the Bicalutamide (used short term) helps
prepare the body for the injections.
The injections are used to starve cancer cells (as part of the treatment
process). A starved cell is less likely to resist against radiation
therapy. Since the cancer cells in your case were more aggressive, it is
recommended to starve them for a longer period of time.
Some studies have shown that higher doses of radiation (HDR) combined
with hormone injections for more that a year, have proven to give better
long term outcome.