Rising t during ht ?

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Keeping faith
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   Posted 6/6/2012 6:41 PM (GMT -7)   
Anyone ever hear or experience an increase in testosterone levels in the middle of ht. I'm not talking about the initial spike from Lupron (for which you take casodex). In my case my t levels went down from 330 to 13 in 2 months after starting ht. but in the past month t levels have risen to 24. Psa is bottoming out at .29, which is obviously not good enough. Why would T go up? I see the oncologist next week and have e-mailed him hoping for an answer before then, but wanted to see if anyone has seen this.
AGE 51 DX 49 GLEASON 4+3
MARRIED, TWO DAUGHTERS, 15 AND 17.
Da Vinci RRP 10/09- CORNELL
PATH - EXTRAPROASTIC, POSITIVE MARGIN, NEGATIVE LYMPH, NEGATIVE SEMINAL VESICLE.
40 SESSIONS OF IMRT COMPLETED 4/10
PSADT UNDER 3 MONTHS
NaF BONE SCAN IS POSITIVE FOR METS, FROM CRANIUM TO KNEE. STARTED HT ON 3/26/12 CASODEX AND LUPRON
Stage 4

BB_Fan
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Date Joined Jan 2010
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   Posted 6/6/2012 7:02 PM (GMT -7)   
Are you now just on Lupron? If so, perhaps you need to add casodex and avodart. As I understand it you should be below T of 20. 24 is not far off.
Dx Dec 2008 at 56, PSA 3.4
Biopsy: T1c, Geason 7 (3+4)
Robotic RP March 2009
Path Report: T2c, G8, organ confined, neg margins, lymph nodes - tumor vol 9%
PSA's < .01, .01, .07, .28, .50. ADT 3 5/10. IMRT 7/10.
PSA's post HT/SRT .01, < .01
End ADT3 5/11
PSA 10/11 < .01, T 103
PSA 1/12 < .01, T 214
PSA 4/12 < .01, T 288

Southern Comfort
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   Posted 6/6/2012 7:29 PM (GMT -7)   
Keeping Faith, your T level will tend to bounce around a bit. It will be different every time you measure it. My recent readings have been 4, 5, 16, and the latest is 2.
Age 52; dx at 50, PSA 54.9
Nerve sparing surgery/open, 2010; removed 14 lymph nodes
Pathology report: T3bN0MX, SVI, neg margin, Gleason 9
HT: ADT2, 36 months: 18 months left
Finished Adjuvant RT incl lymph nodes, 9/2011
Undergoing adjuvant Taxotere (6 x 60 mg/m2)
Latest PSA <0.03

Keeping faith
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   Posted 6/7/2012 5:54 AM (GMT -7)   
BB fan - Im already on Casodex (daily 50 mg). Thanks for the heads on on avodart, I will ask about it

Southern Comfort - Thanks also for the response. It is comforting to know that it can bounce around. i'd prefer it bouinced at a lower level though.
AGE 51 DX 49 GLEASON 4+3
MARRIED, TWO DAUGHTERS, 15 AND 17.
Da Vinci RRP 10/09- CORNELL
PATH - EXTRAPROASTIC, POSITIVE MARGIN, NEGATIVE LYMPH, NEGATIVE SEMINAL VESICLE.
40 SESSIONS OF IMRT COMPLETED 4/10
PSADT UNDER 3 MONTHS
NaF BONE SCAN IS POSITIVE FOR METS, FROM CRANIUM TO KNEE. STARTED HT ON 3/26/12 CASODEX AND LUPRON
Stage 4
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