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    My friend was on Bicalutimide for 2 years and just taken off it. The main reaction he had was hot flashes then feeling very cold

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      "Grief never ends...but it changes. It's a passage, not a place to stay. Grief is not a sign of weakness nor a lack of faith. Grief is the price of love" Author unknown

      January 22 at 3:20 PM view discussion
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        The reason behind the hormonal therapy in my friend's case is because they said he had never gone thru a change of life. His testosterone level never declined as he hit mid life. Supressing that level suppresses feeding the cancer. They radiated the area where the cancer was and none other has been spotted thru tests elsewhere in his body. They have said that there will be a minimal rise in PSA after he is finished w...

        January 19 at 11:29 PM view post
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          Dan   It was the radiologist who said he considers my friend "cured" at this point.  he will continue to see him every 6 months and do PSA for the next 5 yrs. It is the urologist that he sees him for the continuing hormonal treatment. He is due to meet with a cancer specialist in May at the urologist office when that last shot is due but i am hoping he will question the shot if the PSA continues ...

          January 16 at 12:34 AM view post
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            I did the same thing for quite a while. I don't know why we mark the time passed.... I remember thinking... Ok it's been a week.... It's a month since he passed...it's a year. 15 months...Slowly that did stop for me but once in a while if it is the 8th of a month I will count how many years and how many months it's been since Phil passed. Everyone's pace is different in the grief process and you need to be kind...

            January 15 at 2:56 PM view post
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              Dan   That is a good thing to mention to him and I will. If he is cured he doesn't need that last shot or anymore. I think he is viewing it as "insurance."  But i see the effects that last one had and it lasts for at least the following 6 months afterwards. Irene

              January 14 at 7:32 PM view post
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                Dan They told him it was only in that spot. The rest of his body was clear but that he had never gone through a change of life so they needed to shut the testosterone down. He had the radiation. then a year of every 3 months shot. Then a shot twice the next year. Thsi past time he saw different dr as the one he had been seeing was away.  the dr asked ...why are you still on biculidimide along with the...

                January 14 at 12:43 AM view post
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                  Yes that grief can sneak up unexpectedly. Even though it changes as time passes there is a lingering that hides in the background. Yet in that remembering and pain I think it is because of the deep love shared. It's painful and yet I sure don't ever want to forget so much of the relationship. I gradually donated clothing and Phil's many pairs of eyeglasses I found around the house. Eyeglasses can be donated to Walma...

                  January 13 at 2:46 PM view post
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                    I know treatment is different for all stages of prostate cancer (any cancer) but I am wondering here... My friend has been under treatment for stage one prostate CA since 2012. He had a course of radiation. They also put him on a testosterone shut down needle. The first year the needle was every 3 months. The next year it went to every 6 months with more effects than the 3 month one. His last shot was in November ( a...

                    January 12 at 7:10 PM view discussion
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                      Grief has its own timetable. Be sure to take care of yourself now. Eat, rest, allow yourself to grieve at your own pace, not at what others think it should be. That first year is so very difficult trying to get thru all the firsts of it without a loved one. Wondering how or if you can. Somehow we do.  It took a long time for me to give up the guilt. I think what added to it was Phil's misdiagnosis and treatmen...

                      January 07 at 1:58 PM view post
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                      Esophageal Cancer
                      Alternative Treatments, Cancer Diagnosis, Cancer Nutrition, Chemotherapy, Diagnostic Imaging, Diet, Emotional Support, Radiation

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