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gleason 8 and hormone treatment

mollydog
Posts: 3
Joined: Feb 2001

is there anyone out there with a gleason 8 and who is on hormone...I was cancer free for two years and now it is back, I was wondering how long someone with a high gleason can be on hormones before they quit working, I'm considering intermitten therapy, thanks for any imput

2375dgg
Posts: 31
Joined: Oct 2000

You can read my story at http://pages.prodigy.net/dgaarder. I had Gleason score of 6 and was on hormone treatment until I made a decision on what to do. Anyone with Gleason score of 8 should get to a comprehensive Cancer Center and get immediate treatment before the pca spreads to the bones. You do not have much time to wait, cancer waits for no one. You probably need radical surgery or radiation treatment NOW.

mollydog
Posts: 3
Joined: Feb 2001

Hi:
This is recurring cancer prostate cancer, treatment two years ago I had seed implants and radiation. The PSA just started to go up, it is at 2.2 they will start intermitten hormones, when it gets to 4...I was interested in knowing how long someone can stay on hormones before they no longer worked. I pick intermitten because I believe that being able to go off them from time to time, will length the use of them.

clausewitz
Posts: 7
Joined: May 2001

I am on hormonetreatment since 27 months and will get three more shots of Zoladex.After 3 years I will get intermittent hormone suppression if PSA rises again(meaning cancer is growing again)Doctors overhere believe 3 years is the limit before the cancer cells get resistant to LHRH treatment
But that is not sure at all.They say they do not know exactly and proceed with trial and error.What is sure you will feel better yourself without constant treatment but be careful for agressive cancers.They can grow very rapidly.Good luck

stxdave
Posts: 3
Joined: Mar 2001

I am presently taking hormones, after 3-D radiation treatments. I have been on lupron for approx. 18 mos. I have been told by several uro;ogists that pulsing the hormones has had some success and is perhaps in my future. My gleason was 7. I was told to take lupron for two years solid and then wait and see. That's assuming the psa level remains at less than .1 for the entire two years.
I don't think any of us can use the term "cancer free". Remission is a more accurate, if disturbing, term. I wish you lots of luck.
I would be very interested in your experience from here on out, because I may be following your footsteps at a later date.
Stxdave.

mollydog
Posts: 3
Joined: Feb 2001

Thanks for your response, I will see the Doctor April 16 and see what my PSA is doing right now it is at 2.2..I had radiation and seed implant two years ago, but I think I'm leaning towards intermitten hormone therapy..

clausewitz
Posts: 7
Joined: May 2001

I had Gleason 8 also and am on Zoladex since 27 months.PSA remains 0.After 3years androgen suppression will be stopped to avoid resistance of the cancer cells.They will go on intermittent suppression if PSA rises again
Good luck

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2ndBase
Posts: 220
Joined: Mar 2004

My Gleason was 9. I took one shot of Lupron followed by 40+ radiation treatments which ended about 10 months ago. To me the side effects of no job, no insurance, no sex, no energy, and others are not worth the 2% chance of living 10 years which is what I was told.

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