I have recently completed IMRT and am currently on Lupron as an adjunct therapy. The side effects of the hormone is pretty much as advertised. No libido, hot flashes, weight gain, loss of body hair and shrinking testicles. As far as the hormones go I suppose that given the option I would rather not take them. But, if this is the best way to a possible cure then I am all for it. I feel quite good otherwise and maintain an active life.
Hopefully your PSA will remain at the current reading for some time.
Wishing you the best.
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
PSA test on July 14, 08 after 8 weeks hormone .82
Started IMRT/IGRT on July 10, 2008. 45 treatments scheduled
First 25 to be full pelvic for a total dose of 45 Gray to lymph nodes.
Last 20 to prostate only. Total dose to prostate 81 Gray.
Completed IMRT/IGRT 09/11/08.
Second Lupron shot 09/11/08
Next PSA test by oncologist 03/09