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Rusty Seaview
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Date Joined Oct 2010
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   Posted 10/26/2010 4:58 PM (GMT -6)   
Gleason 3 + 4 PSA 3.9 pre surgery. Robotic Surgery 2.5 years ago.
Between .022 and .031 since then.
Here's my question.
Would it be dangerous to use propecia (hair loss) for some who has had prostate cancer. I realize it effects psa score for men. Would it still effect your psa readings post surgery? Would it be a bad idea to use it because of this or would it be ok? Any opinions out there on this?

Tony Crispino
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   Posted 10/26/2010 5:46 PM (GMT -6)   
The answer should be no problem. Propecia is the diluted form of finasteride.

In fact a better question would be if you are missing an opportunity here.

You might instead be on Proscar in higher doses of finasteride and just skip the Propecia. Talk to your doctor about it. Finasteride has shown the ability to prevent the onset of prostate cancer in high risk cases. It is also being studied to see if it helps fight prostate cancer though these results are years away. Finasteride usually is the third drug used in ADT3. Many well known prostate cancer doctors believe that it does help. We will have to await the results of the ongoing studies but it you are taking Propecia for hail loss then you might just be missing an opportunity here.

BTW ~ welcome to HealingWell.

Tony
Disease:
Advanced Prostate Cancer at age 44 (I am 48 now)
pT3b,N0,Mx (original PSA was 19.8) EPE, PM, SVI. Gleason 4+3=7

Treatments:
RALP ~ 2/17/2007 at the City of Hope near Los Angeles.
Adjuvant Radiation Therapy ~ IMRT Completed 8/07
Adjuvant Hormone Therapy ~ 28 months on Casodex and Lupron.

Status:
"I beat up this disease and took its lunch money! I am in remission."
I am currently not being treated, but I do have regular oncology visits.
I am the president of an UsTOO chapter in Las Vegas

Blog : www.caringbridge.org/visit/tonycrispino

Casey59
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   Posted 10/26/2010 8:29 PM (GMT -6)   
A 2-for-1 deal! Slow or stop your tumor growth (or at least shrink your tumor), AND grow more hair...what more can the aging man ask for?

Fairwind
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Date Joined Jul 2010
Total Posts : 3887
   Posted 10/26/2010 9:46 PM (GMT -6)   
I was on Finasteride for the two years before I was diagnosed..I went from a negative biopsy to a Gleason 9 diagnosis in 18 months...So it doesn't work for everybody..
Age 68.
PSA at age 55: 3.5, DRE normal. Advice, "Keep an eye on it".
age 58: 4.5
age 61: 5.2
age 64: 7.5, DRE "Abnormal"
age 65: 8.5, " normal", biopsy, 12 core, negative...
age 66 9.0 "normal", 2ed biopsy, negative, BPH, Proscar
age 67 4.5 DRE "normal"
age 68 7.0 third biopsy positive, 4 out of 12, G-6,7, 9
RRP Sept 3 2010, pos margin, one pos vesicle nodes neg. Post Op PSA 0.9
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