Prostate Cancer HT symptoms

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Turkino
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Date Joined Oct 2007
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   Posted 10/24/2007 8:32 PM (GMT -7)   
Hello all, great site, sure it will be of great help to me. Just finished 8.5 weeks of radiation and did quite well. Now in my 5th month of Hormone Therapy with a drug called Trelstar. My oncologist says I'll be taking it for approx. 2.5 years. Says it's a Lupron equivalent. The side effects however are driving me nuts...Hot flashes, nausea, dizziness, and terrible body aches especially at nite. Would appreciate hearing from any one out there that has experience with HT symptoms similar to mine. Hoping the symptoms will smooth out over time, but I've learned not to expect too much with this condition. Thanks very much, live strong, fight the fight!

Tony Crispino
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   Posted 10/24/2007 10:16 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Turkino,
I might ask if you could be changed to Lupron. My oncologist feels that if one treatment has bad side effects that we could try another. I am not complaining. I am not completly free of side effects but I seem to be seeing more people here having more pronounced issues with Eligard and Zoledex than with Lupron. I have to admit you are the first poster I have seen on Trelstar but I know its a LHRH drug as well. I know that when HT fails it is possible to get back to remission on the competing products. Good luck on your trek. Welcome to Healingwell. This site for me has been a haven to share and learn from others experiences. You'll be seeing a post soon from Bluebird or Idahosurvivor. They are our moderators and they are truly fantastic people. I encourage you to post more information about your experience with PCa. If for no other reason, to allow others who arrive with similar numbers and treatments to draw from you. Thanks Turkino and good luck! I hope the best for you.

Tony
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.
 
STAY POSITIVE!


Turkino
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Date Joined Oct 2007
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   Posted 10/25/2007 10:04 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanx so much for your reply TC-LasVegas Tony. I'll meet with my oncologist again next month and ask about switching from Trelstar to Lupron LHRH. My concern about Lupron was always about the weight gain and breast tissue production and I was pleased to see these symptoms were not present with Trelstar. I was interested to note that you underwent prostatectomy with a 19 PSA and stage III. I had a 14 PSA and a Gleason of 8 and my doctors recommended no surgery, with 41 radiation treatments just completed last week and approx 2.5 yrs of HT. They all agreed that surgery might not "get it all" and we'd have to radiate anyway. It is interesting how many different ways PCa can be treated, I must say however that I do wonder how different I'd be doing if I had undergone surgery. Won't know my post radiation PSA till December when I do blood work. I guess I'm just new at this but I'll tell ya the anxiety is monstrous. I still can't figure out how to participate in chats here at HealingWell but I'd sure like to. Thanks again for your help Tony, Fight the fight, Mark

Tony Crispino
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   Posted 10/25/2007 10:33 PM (GMT -7)   
Mark,
You can talk about anything here. We are true listeners. And heck I have my own contraveries here but they are well intended. I'm a guy who says surgery is the best first option. There are others here who strongly disagree. But everybody has to make their own decisions, and I respect them all. Your doctors were likely correct that their "guess" that surgery would fail. Mine know it did. That is why I stay my conviction. But it didn't get me anything. I still under went RT and HT. So you are so right. Our job here is to start with monsterous anxiety and grow it into positive anticipation. LOL. But I'm getting around the block with advanced disease, and you need to ask that valuable question to your oncologist: "Would I better endure another product than Trelstar?".

Tony
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.
 
STAY POSITIVE!


bluebird
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   Posted 11/15/2007 11:54 AM (GMT -7)   
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