I just stopped lupron after a two year cycle. I suppose that I may need it again some day or at least some alternative if I am found to be hormone refractory. From what I can tell about my statistics I will definitely require some further treatment. Don't know what that will be but I am hoping for advances in alternative treatments. If you are referring to estrogen as the "old fashioned way" I have no problem with that based on what I have read. Considerably less expensive and just as effective. I confess that I am confused by what I read as I have found references that indicate it is no longer available in the U.S. (DES) Seems there were some issues with heart problems at therapeutic doses.
I am still feeling some of the side effects of the lupron but this past week they have been a bit less than usual. It has been seven months since my last shot.
I did not have insurance during my cancer treatment (or now) and paid all expenses out of pocket. Over $62,000 for radiation and HT the first year. Considerably less the following year that was hormone only. My doctors were giving me the lupron at cost from what I could tell. I very much appreciated that. Just a brief check with pharmacies put the lupron dose between $2000 and $3000 each. I was paying around $1000 including the fee for adminestering the drug. So, I suppose my feelings were pony up and see what happens.
Best of luck to you with the surgery.
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
Two years on Lupron completed 01/2010.
Started IMRT/IGRT on July 10, 2008. 45 treatments scheduled
First 25 were 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
PSA 03/09 .38 six months post radiation and nine months into hormones
PSA 06/09 .36 or .30 depending on who did the test
PSA 09/09 .33 one year after IMRT and 16 months into hormone
PSA 03/10 .32 18 months after IMRT Still on hormones
PSA 05/10 .42 Rising a little as the lupron wears off. Last lupron shot 01/10.
PSA 06/10 .322 Maybe the .42 reported in May was in error?