Do Anti depressants work to deal with Eligard negative side effects?

Should we take legal action to evict them?
Yes, NO QUESTION! - 25.0%
No, try to work it out - 25.0%
Yes, and get a live in nurse - 50.0%
No, just let it play out - 0.0%

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Date Joined Mar 2009
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   Posted 3/18/2009 12:13 PM (GMT -6)   

My father has a gleason score of 10 - he is 83 and has the most aggressive form of prostate cancer. He's now on HT with Eligard every 6 mo. . His PSA is now .01 which is good news but his emotions are off the charts - he cries at the drop of a hat and "feels so helpless". My problem is he has 40 and 50 year old sons who are going through some issues in their lives and are living in his home and purging a TON OF NEGATIVITY on him. They are selfish and will NOT MOVE OUT of his home. Every phone call is a 30 minute dose of negativity about 'my divorce' or 'need money' you name it.

I promised my mother I would manage my fathers care before she died and also that I would not allow anyone to take advantage of him. It's been a battle, they all want money and can't support themselves or are not willing to.

I'm thinking a short term solution is an anti-depressant or to consult our doc about 'intermittent ht' so he can gain his mind back.

Are there mild anti-depressants that work and won't have bad interactions with Eligard? Short of evicting two of my brothers who are leaching off my father (who really does NEED someone living with him and driving for him) I have no idea what to do. I've even thought of a live in nurse....

Keep the faith! Fortunately, my father has his but sometimes I think it wanes. These years should be happy...... sad

Tony Crispino
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Date Joined Dec 2006
Total Posts : 8128
   Posted 3/18/2009 4:38 PM (GMT -6)   
You bet they do.
Depression from homonal therapies is a well documented side effect of the treatment. You are instructed to talk to your doctor when it occurs at each of the websites for the LHRH agonists. You should let his doctor know that he is dealing with depression.

And Welcome to HealingWell. Sorry you are here, but like so many wives and daughters, you are most welcome. Our site has a great number of experienced HT guys. I am one of them. Last summer I had a nasty bout of depression that was triggered by HT, the loss of a loved one, and other difficulties in my life that I just could not see that it was affecting me. One I faced it, I took a break from my activities and addressed my mental health. It did wonders for me.

I hope this helps. I truly believe that a positive attitude is very important to living. And I believe it helps fight cancer as well. Your father has one big thing going for him ~ his daughter loves him enough to reach out and try to help...

That's a good thing...

Peace and love to you,

Age 46 (44 when Dx)
Pre-op PSA was 19.8 : Surgery at The City of Hope on February 16, 2007
Geason 4+3=7, Stage pT3b, N0, Mx
Positive Margins (PM), Extra Prostatic Extension (EPE) : Bilateral Seminal vesicle invasion (SVI)
HT began in May, '07 with Lupron and Casodex 50mg (2 Year ADT)
IMRT radiation for 38 Treatments ending August 3, '07
Current PSA (January 13, 2009): <0.1
My Journal is at Tony's Blog  

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Date Joined Mar 2009
Total Posts : 3
   Posted 3/18/2009 7:08 PM (GMT -6)   
Tony - THANK YOU! I'm so glad I found this site and I am a huge believer in The Power of Positive Thinking. I wish I practiced it more myself - I need to now, for my father and for me... so we can be strong together.

I'll share this with my dad and figure out his signature and post that soon. Just dealing with a lousy doc now and trying to locate him a more caring environment

All the very best to you and again Tony - THANKS> it means a great deal, as I have little emotional support.


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