I have been on Lupron for 4 months and yes it has side effects but is liveable for most. People around me would not know or see any difference. The side effects are mostly manageable. Harmones are used to control testesterone as PC cancer feeds on testerone. It will not cure the cancer but will control it from growing and spreading.
The doctor may have recommended it as a part of his treatment. That was the situation with me. You are at the right place to have many of your questions answered. There are many ways to approach PC, and several successful ways to cure or prolong life. The initial fear from hearing about it is often more overwhelming than the actual circumstances. I certainly hope that is the case - blessings.
Original data - pre-operation
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
Margins - negative
Extraprostatic extension - negative
seminal vesicle invasion - uninvolved
1st Post PSA .04