what is a flare

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   Posted 9/4/2010 10:38 AM (GMT -6)   
Some of you keep referring to avoiding a flare.
What does that mean? Is it an increase in PSA, OR...?

howard l
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   Posted 9/4/2010 10:43 AM (GMT -6)   
 A  with the start of  is a rise in ADT. It is a rise in PSA levels which is caused by the Lupron. To prevent this from happening Casodex is given 2 weeks prior to the start of ADT.

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   Posted 9/4/2010 11:11 AM (GMT -6)   
Not to disagree with Howard but explain a little farther, the flare is actually a reference to a spike in tesosterone that happens over the first two weeks when lupron is injected, it may or may not be accompanied by an increase in your P.S.A. 
The real danger is to individuals who have metastisis, this can case some serious pain and extension of the disease.

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   Posted 9/4/2010 12:05 PM (GMT -6)   

David -- thanx for the simple explanation cool .


age: 55
PSA on 10/09: 6.8
no symptoms, no prostate enlargement
12/12 cores positive....gleason 3+4 = 7
ADT, brachy and IGRT
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