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lupron injection therapy

by BobMat on Thu May 16, 2019 01:42 AM

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I have taken Lupron injections for 2 years and the side effects of hot flashes and weight gain and feelings of tiredness have been ongoing. How long after you stop the treatment do the side effects disappear and will the PSA numbers start to elevate again? I was originally treated with radiation. I will appreciate any information on these concerns.

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by tomatoman on Fri May 17, 2019 05:25 PM

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i am now 73 years old. In 2008 I discovered I had prostate cancer and received radiation therapy in fall of that year. About three years later, in late 2011, my PSA indicated that it had metastacized.  So I had Lupron therapy at that time.  In 2014 again, PSA indicated return of metastasis and again, Lupron therapy. And, again, in 2016, same story.

To answer your question, each time the effects wore off about a year after the last shot.  (Each series was three shots, two months apart). Last shot was three years ago.  I would say the hot flashes were mainly with the first series.  I didn't experience tiredness or weight gain with any series.  My PSA began to elevate ten months after the first series, eleven months after the second seriess, and about a year after the third series. My most significant side effect is ed, and that has worsened gradually from each series until now, I cannot achieve firm erections.

My last scans still are not showing any tumors.  So I am in a watch and wait situation.  However, I am self-treating a small rib lesion and possible accumulation on my skull, with heat therapy, combined with high lycopene intake.  In my experience and now my opinion, lycopenes slow the tumor growth and heat over 106 degrees F kills the cancer cells.  I am now 7.5 years into stage 4 with what I consider very minor symptoms.

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by jonbo49 on Thu Jun 20, 2019 02:52 PM

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Hi, I have stage 4 PC been on lupron since 2012, oncologist took me  off 2 months ago because psa was staying low, he said i was an exception to the rule, meaning i should have already been gone, i've had no bad side effects coming off the lupron, i know you can't always depend on psa, had blood work done the other day psa was still low, go back in 2 months and check again, just remember God Is In Control

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by BobMat on Wed Jun 26, 2019 12:55 AM

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Many thanks for your reply and I am so glad that your results appear so posuitive and I agree and believe that God is in control. I am disappointed in that my Urologist tells me that the cancer never goes away and only goes into remission and the risk of return is always there. They talk about the "cure rate" for prostate cancer being quite good however, based on my journey I have yet to meet ayone that has been truly cured. Good Luck and hang in!

Robert

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by jonbo49 on Wed Jun 26, 2019 01:15 AM

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well i was told if they catch it soon enough they can remove it, but mine was caught to late so now there's no cure, i was stage 4 when they got byopsy. i know i don't have much time left, but i take it one day at a time, i will keep you in my prayers, and God Bless

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by tomatoman on Wed Jun 26, 2019 03:33 PM

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On Jun 26, 2019 12:55 AM BobMat wrote:

Many thanks for your reply and I am so glad that your results appear so posuitive and I agree and believe that God is in control. I am disappointed in that my Urologist tells me that the cancer never goes away and only goes into remission and the risk of return is always there. They talk about the "cure rate" for prostate cancer being quite good however, based on my journey I have yet to meet ayone that has been truly cured. Good Luck and hang in!

Robert

Of course if the cancerous cells are removed with surgical removal of  the prostate, then it is  probably "cured", unless there is contamination of the blood during the surgery. I have seen tumors "go away" but cannot say that they will never come back.  

If you look at my image (click on name tomatoman),you will  see the many tumors that I have experienced, including on my tailbone, on my back many lymph nodes, and on my skull.  All of those are now "gone away" (except a rib lesion and skull metastasis, which are "fading gradually") due to various treatments: hormone therapy, intense lycopene intake, and  heat treatment.    I have been without hormone therapy now  for over three years and I have been self-administering heat treatment to the tumors for over a  yearand high lycopene intake for many years. 

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