lupron injection therapy

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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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