Jack, as you probably know, you are on a luteinizing hormone-releasing hormone agonists (LH-RH agonist) similar to the LH-RH agonist I am on (Zoladex). First, there is not reason to believe your medication won't work. You've probably been told that after some time - most likely a few years, you may become resistant to it. However, scientists are discovering new and promising treatments for prostate cancer at an incredible rate. I know some of the trials at Ohio State University Hospital ( James Cancer Hospital ) have several promising trials for advanced metastatic prostate cancer. It's understandable that you would think what if this or that doesn't work, then what? But really, it's best to work with one reality at a time - you are on a medication that in essence places the cancer in remission giving you plenty of time to hang in their and wait for a cure OR to use one of the other new meds that are being used to keep it in remission. From what I read, it is possible that had you never found out that you had prostate cancer, you may never have been the wiser - but since you are wiser, that increases you are certainly increasing your odds at beating this disease.
As for the LHRH, I read all the side effects on the net, and though I am new, I can't tell the medication is in me. It is possible that you may lose a little bit of hair around your abdomen and perhaps genetilia. The hair on your legs may thin some. I have friends who are police officers and several of them grapple and say they shave their body hair similar to weight lifters -- I know, this is not about them -it's about you. Take heart keep fighting and remember, you have a great deal of very empathic company. I'll keep you updated on any changes that may occur in me if you like, and I'd appreaciate hearing your experiences as well.
Early July 08 PSA 7.7 and my internist referred me to a urologist
Mid July 08 PSA 6.7 and the urologist performed a 12 core biopsy on me.
Late July 08 Biopsy back - 2 out of 12 cores were positive for cancer
Gleason scores were 3+4=7 and 4+4=8 : surgical urologist recommended surgical removal.
Late July 08 Bone scans turned out fine.
Second opion James Cancer Hopsital was told guided IMRT was as good as surgery - I chose
IMRT.. So what if I don't know how my edges turned out - regardless, I would have an increased PSA
and take LH-RH drugs.
8/08 had an MRI with an unfamiliar contrast material -- all was well with the MRI.
8/08 Saw the medical oncologist, he recommended casodex qhs and Zoladex (3 month shot).
Now I wait to see what I'm to do next.