I started the Casodex two weeks prior to the first Lupron shot. I continued taking the Caosdex for two weeks after the Lupron shot. I expect that will be the case with you as well. You did not say if you are having radiation or not but that will start about 8 weeks after the first Lupron shot. This give the Lupron time to work on shrinking the tumor and prostate to make the target a bit smaller.
Mike, best of luck to you with your treatment.
Diagnosed 04/10/08 Age 58 at the time
Gleason 4 + 3
DRE palpable tumor on left side
100% of 12 cores positive for PCa range 35% to 85%
Bone scan clear and 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
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.
PSA 02/08 21.5 at diagnosis
PSA 07/08 .82 after 8 wks of hormones
PSA 10/08 .642 one month after completion of IMRT, 6 months hormone