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Proscar Therapy?

mbeavers
Posts: 28
Joined: Sep 2001

Has anyone had any experience with Proscar Therapy to control rising PSA after other treatments have ceased to work?

Benji48
Posts: 117
Joined: May 2003

Proscar is usually used in the treatment for BPH but here's an excerpt from the ACS report on the stuff. If you go to Google & plug in "proscar treatment for prostate cancer" you can get a bunch of info.
"The Prostate Cancer Prevention Trial was a study that enrolled more than 18,000 men to determine whether finasteride reduced the risk of developing prostate cancer. Each man in the study was randomly assigned to take either finasteride (proscar) or a placebo pill each day for 7 years. The men didn’t know which pill they were taking.

At the end of the study, the men taking finasteride were about 25% less likely to have developed prostate cancer than those getting the placebo. But the men taking finasteride who did develop prostate cancer were more likely to have cancers that looked like they might grow and spread. The reason for this is not known. The study researchers are continuing to watch these men to see if these cancers truly are more aggressive.

The men taking finasteride were more likely to experience sexual side effects, such as decreased sexual desire and episodes of impotence, than those taking placebo. But they were less likely to have urinary problems, such as difficulty urinating and inability to hold urine in (incontinence).

Each man considering taking finasteride to reduce his risk of developing prostate cancer should consider the results of this study carefully, and should discuss the possible pros and cons with his doctor when deciding on an appropriate course of action.

Cheers, Benji

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