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   Posted 3/19/2009 3:24 PM (GMT -6)   
my father is on hormone injections every three months for life . he is 69. is anyone else on ht for life . he was a gleason 8 after he had the prostate removed and then he had radiation for seven weeks as he was a t2c .he said he does be knackered for about a week after the injection . i jave read a lot about the hormone injections not working after a certain lenght of time . any information on this . his psa is 0
thankyou petal

John T
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   Posted 3/19/2009 4:09 PM (GMT -6)   
Sorrry about your father. He should also be on Casodex and Proscar along with the hormone shot as this will improve the effectiveness. Usually hormones are given intermittently on and off in about a yearly cycle as this makes them work longer. If you dad is not seeing a prostate oncologist for the treatments I would highly recommend that he does. Also read "Beating Prostate Cancer; Hormone Therapy and diet" by Dr Charles Snuffy Myers; it contains a lot of very useful information. If he is not on a regular strenth training with weights he must do this to avoid losing muscle mass and bone loss.
Many people have been on Hormones for over 10 years.

64 years old.

I had an initial PSA test in 1999 of 4.4. PSA increased every 6 months reaching 40 in 5-08. PSA free ranged from 16% to 10%. Over this time period I had a total of 13 biopsies and an endorectal MRIS all negative and have seen doctors at Long Beach, UCLA, UCSF and UCI. DX has always been BPH and continue to get biopsies every year.

In 10-08 I had a 25 core biopsy that showed 2 cores positive, gleason 6 at less than 5%. Surgery was recommended and I was in the process of interviewing surgeons when my wife's oncologist recommended I get a 2nd opinion from a prostate oncologist.

I saw Dr Sholtz, in Marina Del Rey, and he said that the path reports indicated no tumor, but indolant cancer clusters that didn't need any treatment. He was concerned that my PSA history indicated that I had a large amount of PC somewhere that had yet to be uncovered and put me through several more tests.

A color doppler targeted biopsy in 11-08 found a large tumor in the transition zone, gleason 6 and 7. Because of my high PSA Dr. suspected lymph node involvement, 30% chance, and sent me to Holland for a Combidex MRI, even though bone and CT scans were clear.

Combidex MRI showed clear lymph nodes and a 2,5 cm tumor in the anterior. I was his 1st patient to come up clear on the Combidex which has a 96% accuracy,

I've been on a no meat and dairy diet since 12-08 and PSA reduce to 30 while I awaited the Combidex MRI.

The location of the tumor in the anterior apex next to the urethea makes a good surgical margin very unlikely. Currently on Casodex and Proscar for 8 weeks to shrink my 60 mm prostate. Treatment will be seeds followed by 5 weeks of IMRT while continuing on Casodex and Proscar. So far no side affects from the Casodex.


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   Posted 3/25/2009 2:56 PM (GMT -6)   
thanks for that response john t i will certainly read that book . ithe reason the doc said he was on the ht injection for life is because the cancer was aggressive . i feel better now that you know someone who has been on it for the last ten years . i will read back over your answer and chat to the doctor when my dad goes back
good luck with your treatment


Post Edited (petal) : 3/25/2009 2:00:02 PM (GMT-6)

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