I had Lupron injections, both six month and 4 month at different times. My testosterone was well suppressed by it, below 10 any time we had it measured. Minimal discomfort at the injection site, kind of like a bruise sensation that lasted about
24 hours. Then, six months of no testosterone, yippee. If it works, I find Lupron to be a very easy method to do the awful thing we need done.
As to IMRT side effects, I don't recall how soon my fatigue after treatment began, but it happened during most of the 44 sessions. And as you say, it was instant. I'd lay on the "couch" of the x-ray machine, and 10 minutes later after the treatment session was over I'd sit up and feel.. well.. funny. And a little tired. Instantly. It was 45 minutes back to my office, and my wife drove me to and from each session. I'd nap in the car on the way back to the office for 20-30 of those minutes. I mean I crashed out about
as soon as I closed my eyes. By the next day i felt fine, and we'd do it all over again. and again. and again...
My RO said you can't actually feel the x-rays, but your body senses the injury and is letting you know it in a somewhat subtle way. Oh, and to the doc saying you shouldn't feel it yet, ask him when he had his x-ray therapy that informs his opinion. I'm betting he never has, so it's just theory for him. If you feel it, you feel it.
Bx: 6/12 pos, G9=5+4 (80%, 60%), 4+5 (2@100%, 80%, 10%), PNI+
cT3a (3TMRI: Bilateral EPE, NVB+, SV-, LN-)
Date PSA fPSA
9/12 4.1 15%
3/13 5.2 12% PCA3=31
IGRT by IMRT, 44 done 8/28/13: 50.4 Gy pelvic nodes, 79.2 Gy prostate
ADT2 3 yrs: Lupron/Casodex
Post: (age now 58)
(HT 5/13-3/16) PSA <0.1 : 8/13 - 5/16.
(no HT 3/16- ) PSA 0.2 : 8/16
Post Edited (Redwing57) : 9/9/2016 1:41:19 PM (GMT-6)