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russwhot
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Joined: Jun 2004

This word may send shivers down my spine, but at least I may still have a spine. Get the point? I see so much that I don't like about hormone therapy that I am considering ALL other methods and if I reduce testosterone production to zero, what's wrong with that? I know there are probably OTHER problems associated with castration. Anyway, my history is: three years after diagnosis, my psa is 1.3 a full year after I-beam radiation. Started with a 5.8 psa and a 6 Gleason. Spent a year in homeopathic therapy before moving on to conventional radiation. Psa never higher than 7.7. I am looking at everything including castration. Anyone have any thoughts, other than the obvious male aversion to such a final farewell to our globes in the scrotum? I KNOW hormones will produce the same end result, but at what cost in side effects? Loss of memory is something I can't afford if I am to keep my head above water in this fight. Thanks to everyone for their comments and God bless all of you.

Benji48
Posts: 117
Joined: May 2003

Hi,
I can only respond from a personal viewpoint of currently being on hormonal (Lupron) therapy for the past 2 years & although everyone reacts differently, I have NO hot flashes, enlarged breasts, or any other side effect that I'm aware of! Certainly NO loss of memory! Where did you get that idea from?? Anyway with that said, yes castration is SUPPOSED to provide the same results & yes it is DEFINATELY a MALE thing, but I'd say put that out of your mind & don't tell anyone. They won't know the difference! The only thing I wish to comment on I know some individules that went that route & it didn't work either so just be prepared for that eventuality.
Good Luck & God Bless
Benji

russwhot
Posts: 13
Joined: Jun 2004

Thanks, Benji: I guess I got the loss of memory thing from other postings here. It's good to hear you have had success with Lupron treatments. Reading your other messages, it seems it has worked for you so far. Prostate Cancer is possibly the MOST treated cancer out there. There are many possibilities. russwhot

mbeavers
Posts: 28
Joined: Sep 2001

Russwhot,

I was diagnosed in 2001 on my birthday (57)that really sucked. Anyway in a year and a half psa (98-2001) went from 2.3 to 26 what a shock. had the needle biopsy and had a gleason of 8. another shock. Had three-d radiation Oh did I tell you the cancer was "out of the box. Had spread to the seminicle vessel(spelling) After radiation which I tolerated very well I walked two miles every day during treatment. I then went on hormone therapy, I had a problem with tolerating the hormone therapy. Big time joint ache and all the other side effects. 2004 my psa shot up to 75 decided to try hormone therapy again with same results. (I forgot to mention the costs associated with the shots my insurance only covered a portion) In August of 2004 I had the orchioemicty Removal of my testicles. Surgery was a walk in the park.Most of the bad reaction to the hormone threrapy have subsided. Still have hot flashes only much less severe. They actually help in these Ohio winter(cleveland area) I recently had my psa test and am waiting for the results so the jury is still out. My cancer had spread to my lower spine and several ribs. Pain is nagging but usually bearable. I will advise what psa number is. Have appt in march.

Good luck, hope the info helps

Mike Beavers,

russwhot
Posts: 13
Joined: Jun 2004

Ok Mike, what's up with you? I guess i should say, what's down with you. Hopefully your psa is very much lower. How are you tolerating your operation? It looks like my psa has stabilized at .6, according to my last two tests. I was really worried for a while when it fluked up to 1.3. Good luck and God bless you. russwhot

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