Posted 12/24/2008 3:22 PM (GMT -6)
I don't think your doctor said female hormones, per se, but rather hormone therapy. Female hormones like DES (estrogen) are rarely used on the front line. Instead, depriving you of testosterone is more common, (kinda female like)...Agents like Lupron, Zoladex, Eligard, or Trelstar are use with Casodex to do this...I have been on these drugs for nearly two years, but we were absolutely sure the cancer had left the prostate capsule.
So maybe wait! It is way too early to render this suggestion unless there is physical proof that a systemic treatment like this is absolutely necessary. If it being suggested because your PSA is near 10, then ask if it is possible to run more extensive tests to verify the disease stage.
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Pre-op PSA was 19.8
Surgery on Feb 16, 2007 @ The City of Hope
Post-Op Pathology: Gleason 4+3=7, positive margins, Extra Prostatic Extension (EPE)
Bilateral seminal vesicle invasion (SVI); Stage pT3b, N0, Mx
HT began in May, '07 with Lupron and Casodex 50mg (2 Year ADT)
IMRT radiation for 38 Treatments ending August 3, '07
Current PSA (September 17 '08): <0.1 ~ Undetectable!
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