I am sure there are others but here's one thread I found when I did a forum search on Oligometastases
Houseboy who started it is a bit of a celebrity having been featured by Dr Charles "Snuffy" Myers in an article that described how his mets totally disappeared. I jumped into the conversation on page 3 of the thread.
I think it's just a fancy name for catch it early and better chance of curing it, the theory being that if there are only a few mets not too closely together you can zap them without creating another Chernobyl if there are extensive bone mets.
With respect to the breast cancer patient's comment, comparing scans over time you look for less lesions and less intensity on the scan to see if the Lupron is truly shrinking the tumors, making the benefits exceed the side effects that in some cases are quite severe.
I am fortunate to now have no Lupron side effects other than the total absensce of a libido since the hot flashes have come and gone, also fortunate to not have any recurring pain like what you are having to endure.
65 - DX 64 2/13 PSA 3.68 (6 mo doubling) Gleason 9 (4+5)
T1CN0M1B stage IV w. 7 of 12 cores worst ones 70% right PNI
oligometastatic 5 tumors 1 right sacroiliac, 2 thoracic vertebral bodies (spine), 2 right posterior ribs
1st Lupron 4 month 3-28-13, 2nd Aug 1
PSA down was 3.68, 0.68 on 08-08-13
PSA 0.20 on 11-12-13, T=5
UF & Shands treating w curative intent, not just palliative.
Post Edited (LupronJim) : 2/9/2014 9:05:36 PM (GMT-7)