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Date Joined May 2007
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   Posted 7/5/2008 5:33 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Everyone,
I hope you all had a great 4th of July, with lots of food and family.
It will be 2 weeks this Tuesday since Rick had his Eligard shot and as of today he has had no, no, no, side effects tongue :-) I hope this continues to be the case. I read that after 2 weeks he might start with hot flashes etc. How long did it take after your 1st shot did it take to know if the shot was working and did anyone start with side effects 2 weeks after getting the shot? BTW he had a 6mo shot of eligard 45mg.
Rick & Diana
Age 68/ 67@ Dx
6-30-06  PSA 2.54
1-22-07  PSA 4.98
1-26-07  PSA 5.09
Diag: 2-14-07 Gleason 8 Stage T1c PSA 5.09
Bone Scan 3-1-07 Clear
3-6-07 Triple Spinal Fusion (due to old back injury)
Radical retropubic surgery 4-2-07  Post surgery Gleason 9 Stage T3a Positive margins
4-29-07 PSA 0.02
6-9-07   PSA 0.02
7-6-07   PSA 0.03
8-1-07   CT Scan & Chest X-Ray   Clean
9-26-2007 PSA 0.07
11/1/07 PSA 0.1
11/30/07 PSA 0.12
01/31/2008 PSA 0.3
03/01/2008 PSA 0.3
04/28/08 PSA 0.6
06/18/2008 PSA 0.74
06/24/08 45 mg Eligard 6 mo shot

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Date Joined Sep 2006
Total Posts : 187
   Posted 7/5/2008 8:43 AM (GMT -6)   
I was on a different drug (zoladex), but it took a good month for me to really start having significant hot flashes.

Age 47 - pre-surgery PSA 39
Open Radical Prostatectomy 6/9/2006
Pathological Stage T3a, Positive Surgical Margin
Gleason 3+4
PSA rose to .24 in November of 2006
6 month hormone therapy initiated December 1. 2006
36 sessions of IMRT Ended Feb 1, 2007
PSA as of May 25, 2007 undetectable
PSA as of November 29, 2007 undetectable
PSA as of May 14, 2008 undetectable
Next PSA November of 2008

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Date Joined Apr 2008
Total Posts : 65
   Posted 7/5/2008 9:05 AM (GMT -6)   


My husband gets Lupron shots every 3 months. He did not start having side effects until about 1 month after the first shot. He was also taking Casodex at the time.

Karen eyes

Karen--New York
Husbands Info:
Age of diagnosis--62
2/28/08--PSA 279   DRE--positive/rock hard
Flomax and Casadex started
Biopsy--3/7/08--187cc--Gleason 10--12 of 12 positive--Perineural and LV invasion identified
T4 bone met.--hydroureteronephrosis/right kidney
3/28/08--Lupron Inj. started
4/7/08--Zometa IV started
5/15/08--PSA 12
5/20/08--Tubes placed in kidneys (through back)
5/21/08--diagnosed Neuro Endocrine Prostate carcinoma
5/28-30/08--1st round Chemo
6/18-20/08--2nd round Chemo
7/2/08--blood clot--Coumadin started

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Date Joined Jan 2008
Total Posts : 338
   Posted 7/5/2008 10:29 AM (GMT -6)   


I have been on Lupron and Casodex for just over 2 months and I don't really understand why women complain so much a bout hot flashes.  They ain't so bad tongue . Now I am in real trouble cause Debbie says I don't know what I am talking about nono

Seriously my hot flashes have been nothing earth shaking and other than a few mostly at night it seems I have not noticed any side affects.  My Libido had already got up, or should I say gone south, and went, so I have no ideal how it is/will affect my love life. 


Richard yeah tongue yeah

Retired USAF Richard & Debbie on The Shores of Toledo Bend Lake Louisiana
Biospy 1/10/08 Gleason 10, Stage T1C  8 of 12 samples positive all Less Than 5% 
Jan & Feb & Mar all tests clear
MD Anderson = No surgery and No Proton only Hormone and IMRT
Contacted with Loma Linda and UFPTI in FL
Started Treatment at the U of Florida Proton Therapy Institute in April 2008
May 2, 2008 LUPRON & Casodex
IMRT to started  5/27/2008 Will get 42 treatments 25 IMRT and then 17 Proton
Turn Stumbling Blocks into Steping Stones and Keep Smiling
Our Journey is on WWW.GLEASON10.COM

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Date Joined Mar 2008
Total Posts : 66
   Posted 7/6/2008 1:04 PM (GMT -6)   
My Uncle is on Casodex and Eligard.  The day before he started radiation and had his second eligard shot his PSA was tested. It dropped to .2 from 8.6.  After the first shot he started to notice diminished strength (he is a builder). Now, about 5 weeks after the second eligard shot he says the hot flashes are are starting from his toes and coming out his head. Plus, he feels them from the inside out.  He also feels very embarrased because he is growing breasts.  He also gets the Eligard every 6 months.  I will be glad to ask him any questions you may have.
Father diagnosed 13 years ago @ age 63
Watchful waiting until PSA jumped from 6 to 10
Cancer found in 1 core
Gleason score 6
Seeds implanted
PSA has been low since (don't know exact numbers)
Uncle (mother's brother) age 68
PSA jump from 2 to 8.6 in 18 months (2/08)
DRE was normal (2/08)
Biopsy (3/08) Cancer found
Bone scan (clear) 
Fine Needle Lymph Biopsy (Positive)
Gleason Score
(2) 4 + 3
(1) 3 + 3
(4) 4 + 3
7 of 12 cores positive
Pelvic Radiation started 6/2/08
Started Casodex and Eligard
First PSA on 4 weeks of hormones (.2)

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Date Joined May 2008
Total Posts : 1010
   Posted 7/7/2008 8:40 PM (GMT -6)   

Hi Diana,

I am taking a four month shot of Lupron and had taken Casodex for two weeks prior to the shot and two weeks after. My first shot was on May 15, 2008. No problems or side effects for about three weeks. Libido has since taken a holiday. No big deal since I am single and not in a relationship as this time. It really does not matter since the radiation will probably put an end to it anyway. I start that this month.

Hot flashes are becoming ordinary. Usually have them in the early morning prior to starting the day. A cup of hot tea or coffee usually is followed by one or two. And having a meal seems to be followed  by a hot flash for dessert. They are not really so bad as the doctors or web sites make them sound. Could have used them last winter it was a cold one. :-)

I work out threee times a week with weights and run daily. I also have been keeping up my garden and doing some woodworking as well. My oncologists tells me that moderate exercise can prevent the bone loss and, in some cases, prevent the swelling in the breast. Of all the potential side effects the thought of the breast thing bothers me the most. Luckily I have not experienced this.

Good luck and good health to you and your husband, Rick.

Best regards,




Diagnosed 04/10/08
Age 58
PSA 21.5 (first and only test resulted from follow up visit to emergency room for kidney stone. first time for kidney stone too)
Gleason 4 + 3
DRE palpable tumor on left side
100% of 12 cores positive for PCa range 35% to 85%
Bone scan clear
Chest x ray clear
CT scan shows potential lymph node involvement in pelvic region
Started Casodex on May 2 and stopped on June 1, 2008
Lupron injection on May 15 and every four months for next two years
Starting IMRT/IGRT on July 7, 2008. 45 treatments scheduled

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