Handling night sweats...Suggestions, please

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PA_grandma
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   Posted 11/23/2010 2:32 PM (GMT -6)   
I realize this is a trivial question, but we are new to this disease... please be patient.
 
This past month my 79 year old husband was diagnosed with prostate cancer and Hodgkin's disease.  Night sweats from the current prostate hormone therapy as well as the Hodgkin's symptom are more depressing to him than the disease itself.  He says he feels like he's peed the bed every night.  (We have separate bedrooms)
 
The sweat is only in front from the neck to the waist.
Instead of waking up...changing sheet...changing shirt is there some article of clothing, some kind of bedding or room temperature that will help him get some rest. 
 
He starts chemo this Friday, and I know there will be other more disagreeable symptoms in our future.
~ Joyce

Purgatory
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   Posted 11/23/2010 3:07 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello Joyce,

There are no trivial questions in the world of Prostate cancer, yours is just as important as the next. I can't answer yours, but we
have lots of guys that deal with nightsweats and hot flashes, hopefully a solution will come soon.

Good luck to you and your husband

David in SC
Age: 58, 56 dx, PSA: 7/07 5.8, 10/08 16.3
3rd Biopsy: 9/08 7 of 7 Positive, 40-90%, Gleason 4+3
open RP: 11/08, on catheters for 101 days
Path Rpt: Gleason 3+4, pT2c, 42g, 20% cancer, 1 pos marg
Incont & ED: None
Post Surgery PSA: 2/09 .05,5/09 .1, 6/09 .11. 8/09 .16
Post SRT PSA: 1/10 .12, 4/8 .04, 8/6 .06 11/10 Not taking it
Latest: 6 Corr Surgeries to Bladder Neck, SP Catheter since 10/1/9, SRT 39 Sess/72 gy ended 11/09, 21 Catheters, Ileal Conduit Surgery 9/23/10

PA_grandma
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   Posted 11/23/2010 3:26 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks, David... I was hesitant to ask

Geebra
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   Posted 11/23/2010 10:24 PM (GMT -6)   
I have sweats from HT. Also the hot flushes, mostly on my back. The way I try to deal with this is by keeping the room temperature low (68 or less). When the flush/sweat hits, I take the blanket off, then put it back when I get cold. In the beginning, it drove me nuts and kept awake half the night. I am used to it now (a year later) and don't even wake up to adjust the blanket. BTW, I sleep without a shirt, so it helps to cool off faster.

Highwayman
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   Posted 11/23/2010 11:30 PM (GMT -6)   
PA-Gramdma,
When my brother in law Bob was going thru the HT sweats really bad around Christmas time we purchased him a set of lady's PJs that were for menopause, Bob told us they were the best present that year and they helped him. You might try those. here is one site from a quick search.  http://www.cool-jams.com/ 
Good luck and I hope he finds relief.
Mike
Age 48 w/diagnosed
10/06 PSA 3.0
11/06 PSA FREE %13.2
10/07 PSA 3.4
12/07 Biopsy-neg
1/09 PSA 4.6
6/09 psa 5.8
2/10 psa 8.7
7/10 PSA 10.8
8/2010 3rd biopsy GG 3+3=6, one of eight cores -2%
Lap 10/22/10 Dr. Troxel
Path- Neg Margins, Gleason 6, Nerves spared, 85 gm
Cath out Nov 2, Ohh! lots of pads.

PA_grandma
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   Posted 11/24/2010 4:22 AM (GMT -6)   
Gebra:  Thanks for sharing your experience.  Yes, John does keep his room cool  (probably cooler than yours) Heat off, window open.   I hope with the passage of time he'll adjust.
 
Mike:  That web site's a winner.  We will definately try a set.  Wish they just had 'tops' only.  Good link!  Thanks so much
~ Joyce

medved
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   Posted 11/24/2010 9:42 AM (GMT -6)   
I suggest your husband ask his doctor whether there is a drug that could reduce the sweats. One example would be Megastrol. I don't know if that drug will work, or if it is contraindicated -- I am not a doctor. But this question is worth asking, as there may well be a way to limit the night sweats, especially if they are attributable to the HT. Best wishes, Medved
Age 46.  Father died of p ca. 
My psa starting age 40: 1.4, 1.3, 1.43, 1.74, 1.7, 1.5, 1.5
 

PA_grandma
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   Posted 11/24/2010 11:16 AM (GMT -6)   
Medved:  We'll ask about the medication Megastrol when John sees the Doctor this Friday.  I'm suspecting the sweats are more related to the lymphoma than the HT... but probably a combination of the two. 
 
Our son poo-pood the idea of special night garments... thought just cotton would do the job.  (#%$*#)   If you haven't 'been there' you have no clue how wet things can get!
Joyce

John T
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   Posted 11/24/2010 12:01 PM (GMT -6)   
Most effective treatment for hot flashes is an estrogen patch. Also Progesterone, or a single injection of Depo-Provera. Also Effexor, or Neurotin.
One of the benefits of having HT administered by an oncologist specializing in prostate cancer is the knowledge of all the meds and tricks available to minimize side affects. Most doctors are unfamiliar treating the side affects of HT.
I would recommend that anyone on HT at least have a consultation with a prostate oncologist as he can monitor the treatment and side affects even if the treatment is done locally.
JohnT
65 years old, rising psa for 10 years from 4 to 40; 12 biopsies and MRIS all negative. Oct 2009 DXed with G6 <5%. Color Doppler biopsy found 2.5 cm G4+3. Combidex clear. Seeds and IMRT, no side affects and psa .1 at 1.5 years.

Todd1963
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   Posted 11/24/2010 12:43 PM (GMT -6)   
I have a small desk top fan I clip to the nightstand. Something about a little cool air blowing on my face. I dont get hot flashes or nightsweats anymore. Todd
dx:06/03/06
Age at dx: 42 age now 45
Treated for sciatic nerve pain 6 months prior to dx.
Heavy amount of blood in urine Unable to urinate 
Lung x-ray for pnumonia revealed multiple lesions in each lung
P.S.A. at time of dx. 3216.14
Began lupron and casodex
Cat scan showed large mass in the pelvic area affecting the bladder multiple nodules in both lungs and lymph node envolvement.
Bone scan revealed possible bone involvment in the pelvic area
Biopsy 12 of 12 cores positive gleason 3+4=7
P.S.A.s since lupron 2946, 1274, 532, 5.01 1.23, .09
Begining jan 08 psa .o9, .25, .44, .86, .73, 1.34, 1.49. Doubling time is a little over 3 months
Cat Scan 12/12/08 Prostate normal size and shape. No tumors detected. Left lung clear of all nodules right lung showing only benign scar tissue. Lymph nodes normal
Bone Scan 12/24/08. Clean!!! went off casodex January 4 2009
Current psa 2/13/09 .16
Latest P.S.A. 0.05 newest P.S.A. undetectable
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