Usually they would give a man with blockage a TURP or a prostatectomy, which would immediately relieve the blockage. Radiation causes temporary inflammation that would make the blockage worse for a while. As the inflammation subsides, the tumors there are destroyed and get resorbed, and the healthy prostate tissue atrophies, the blockage will reduce. The hormone therapy will also shrink the prostate and provide relief. After a while, it will be much better than it has been for a long time. There's not a lot to do to hasten the de-inflammation. I took naproxen every day after radiation therapy. If he is taking prednisone along with his Taxotere (they often do that), that may help as well.
At this point, he has been treated with radiation to the prostate, so there is no need for surgery - either de-bulks the primary tumor, so it is not necessary to do both.
Yes, that was a great response to the hormone therapy and Taxotere.
Allen - not an MD
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