Rick needs to take that shot, no question. I took a 4 month shot of Lupron and I was fine. I just took a second dose for another 4 months. So far occasional hot flashes. They last a while but they are tolerable. I keep a cool room in the house. I can go in there and work or watch TV. Since my wife likes a warm house, it's nice to have a room to cool off in. And since I live in the desert, it's nice to have that room hot flashes or not. There will be additional meds for him like Casodex, Viactive, and Fosamax or any combination. Looking at his numbers, his PSA will likely drop to undetectable. And with a little luck stay that way. I decided to try the HT and radiation after surgery because it does work well for quite a while. I know if my PSA starts to climb I can decide to continue on HT or not, and whether I would do chemotherapy. If Ricks back pain is the driving factor, has he run out of options to treat it?
Age 45 (44 when Dx)
Pre-op PSA was 19.8
Surgery on Feb 16, 2007
Post-Op Pathology was poor: Gleason 4+3=7, 4 positive margins, Stage pT3b (Stage III)
HT began in May, '07 with Lupron and Casodex 50mg
IMRT radiation for 38 Treatments ending August 3, '07
My PSA did drop out after surgery to undetectable. It has not returned and I will continue HT until January '08.
My Life is supported very well by family and friends like you all.