Hormone-like shot?

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   Posted 8/1/2008 8:35 PM (GMT -6)   
My urologist told me I would be getting a shot before they start radiation treatment.  I didn't catch the name of the medicine, but he described it as something that would trick my bain into producing less testosterone(?)  He said it wasn't a female hormone.  Can anyone share there experiences with this kind of medicine?
Sorry I can't think of the name.

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   Posted 8/1/2008 8:51 PM (GMT -6)   
I am not sure I have had it desribed as such, but the only thing that comes to mind is Lupron. I have been on it for a year now and I also had a shot prior to starting my IMRT's. When do your treatments start?

peace to you
My PSA at diagnosis was 16.3
age 46 (current)
My gleason score from prostate was 4+5=9 and from the lymph nodes was 4+4=8
I had 44 IMRT's
Currently on Lupron
I go to The Cancer Treatment Center of America
Married with two kids
latest PSA 5-27-08 0.11
PSA July 24th, 2008 is 0.04
cancer in 4 of 6 cores

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   Posted 8/4/2008 8:39 PM (GMT -6)   
My husband was put on lupron before radiation..They said it may shrink it some before the treatment, and then he was on it for 1 year after. Be very sure that you take extra calcium, as Lupron takes the calcium out of your bones...My husband now has to have a hip replacement along with all the rest...Di
Husband Pete
dx Jan 2001 age 67 gleason 4 + 3 PSA 16.5
seed implant and conformal radiation Lupron from Jan 2001 to Jan2002
2005 Dec PSA began to rise from .5 to 8 within 6 months
Salvage surgery at MSK 9/06
Fistula operation 2/07 MSK
Many cystoscopies and ER visits with strictures
catheter for one year....Catheter taken out Sept 07..
Total Incontinence since then....
PSA .52 3/07
AUS Operation at MSK Sept 8. Dr. Sandhu

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Date Joined Mar 2008
Total Posts : 66
   Posted 8/5/2008 6:00 AM (GMT -6)   
My Uncle gets an Eligard shot every 6 months.  He also had it right before radiation.

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) 3 + 4
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 Apr 2008
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   Posted 8/5/2008 10:52 AM (GMT -6)   
I was initially on tract to go through radiation and my doc gave me a 4 month Lupron shot (which restricts the production of testesterone). I am still under the effects of that shot even though I ultimately had surgery.

I am assuming yours will be Lupron or something similar. What it will do is cause you hot flashes, and perhaps a number of other side effects. These seem to have their greatest difficulty in the middle of the night. The greatest noticeable effect is total deadness in the man area. For me it has been tollerable - especially considering that whatever treatment you decide - it is necessary to save your life or at least lengthen your life.

When you first receive the shot expect it to have pain in the area of the shot (mine was in the backside) for a few days - again, no big deal. Blessings! RB

RBAge 61
Original data - pre-operation
PSA: 5.1
T1C clinical diagnosis, Needle biopsy - 10 cores, Gleason 7 = 3+4 in 1 core (40%), 7 cores Gleason 6 = 3+3 ranging from 5% to 12%
All scans negative
Lupron administered 4/9/2008 for 4 months (with idea I would undergo external beam radiation followed by seed implants - then I changed my mind).
Robotic DiVinci surgery - Dr. Fagin (Austin) May 19th
Post operative - pathology
pT2c NX MX
Gleason 3+4
Margins - negative
Extraprostatic extension - negative
seminal vesicle invasion - uninvolved
1st Post PSA .04
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