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Firmagon (Degarelix) substitute for Lupron

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Medcomglen
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After discovering this new gonadotropin drug I discussed taking this with my Oncologist and we decided to inject this in a week or two since my PSA doubled from 2.8 to 4.7 this past month.
If you have any experience with Firmagon from Ferring Pharma I would love to hear back on side effects etc. I'm a 58 yr. old two year survivor, 14.7 PSA, Gleason 7 with prominent metastactic disease.
Thanks in advance...

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Carl,
Make sure and read the label on the pomegranet juice. I live in Tennesee and some of the brand's that cost less are not 100% Pure. They have other juices added. I've switched to getting capsules of pomegranet at the health food store instead. Its not near as expensive.
I'm also taking Vitamin D, Acai Berry extract, Green Barley capsules and another capsule called Male Guard which has numerous things in it. I won't know if they are working for some time. Today is 32 days post surgery and I do not get my first psa until Oct. 17th. I'm concerned since I had a positive surgical margin and a gleason 7.

If you get a chance head out to Loma Linda California (near Redlands) and about 15-30 miles past Ontario airport. They have a large Prostate Cancer support group out there at the medical center. They specialize in Proton Therapy but I understand they promote a very healthy diet for follow up. They might be able to give you some pointers on supplements and foods if you find out when they meet. My dad was treated for his prostate cancer at Loma Linda back in 1996.

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Medcomglen
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Hi Carl,

I found humor in your comment “waiting for the pain to appear.” The laughter brought back my injection site pain. Thanks! Seriously, you just give me hope regarding my next injection. I still have a raised patch from last injection and I too experienced dizziness for brief moments after last injection.

Wish we had Trader Joe’s in Sarasota Florida because the cheapest Pom Juice I found is about $9.86 in Wal-Mart so I recently ordered capsules from Swanson’s thanks to Larry’s advise. Yes, it’s great we can exchange our experiences here and I look forward to the positive feedback and advise. Feels like Family for sure.

I’ll have another PSA test next week and based on results will decide on intermittent therapy. Been doing this on and off for over two years now. My stomach is telling me to go back to the three month Lupron injection in the ass but I experienced terrible exhaustion and mood swings compared to Firmagon. My abbs are looking forward to the Firmagon clinical trial results that Ferring has under way. They want to see if one shot will keep PSA down for three months or more.

Wishing you great health!
Glen

Bill91101
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Hi Carl,

Glad to hear about the reduced injection site pain.

I've been grabbing pom juice at whatever store I've been at- but I think it's time to make a Trader Joe's run. Love that store. Thanks for the reminder.

I've also got a couple of juicers, but I haven't priced fresh pomegranates- I imagine some sticker shock.

I'm out in the Riverside area. Beautiful weather! No problem with the recent fires.

Take care,

Bill

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Medcomglen
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Hi Bill,

You have the right attitude which as you probably know does more to cure us then any meds will. My ex worked on an Oncology floor for 25 years and always said that's the key to those that survived.

It's promising to read other patients experienced no injection site pain from Firmagon. Carl and I experienced some dizziness and I had an occasional stiff neck but thought I slept on too many pillows. It's incredible how well you are doing compared to some blog entries not to mention you are still working. Too bad we couldn't bottle this.

Wishing you all the best... until next time,
Glen

Bill91101
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Hi Glen,

Thanks for the positive comments!

My PSA crept down to 0.5.

No urologist for three months, no oncologist for six!

Other than the lack of testosterone, I feel REALLY good. A bit of injection site pain, but no dizziness. Euphoria sometimes... maybe a hot flash (not sure). My wife doesn't mind the lack of testosterone that much- she says I'm a lot calmer; and I wonder if my testosterone levels were too high and contributed to the PC?

It's great to be working and back to complaining about getting out of bed and commuting and too much work to do and too many boring meetings.

Laughter works wonders, too, I think.

One of my brothers decided to hassle me about the rigors of my biopsy (last April), so that I started laughing during the procedure. The nurse was wondering why I was laughing. I told her about my brother's take on all this, and she thought it was kind of mean.

I got a couple of other friends who actually got me laughing when things looked pretty grim.

Take care, looking forward to your next posting! (And you WINNING your battles!)

Bill

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Medcomglen
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Hi Bill, Great news! We are both tied at 0.5. I received my results Friday. I'm going to take a break from Firmagon for possibly three to six months if I can. Are you doing intermittent therapy too? Sounds like you have a great support system. (your wife:-)

When I was first diagnosed my testosterone was pretty high too so your assumption is probably right. Testosterone feeds those nasty little cells.

Your "rigors of biopsy" brought back a memory... I received a Sonogram up the old a-hole from a "seed" Doctor in the beginning of this exciting PC trip to see if I could be a candidate for Brachytherapy. I wasn't a candidate, "too far gone" they said, so after the procedure I turned to the technician and blurted out... "Leavenworth wasn't all that bad compared to that wand thing you just used on me." The male Tech remarked in a French accent, "Really!" "You were in famous American Prison?" Till next time and Thank you for making me laugh, hope I returned the favor.

Glen

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Hi Glen & Bill....I got the Davinci in May...it didn't work apparently as my psa since has been .3 in june to .7 a few days ago. My urologist suggested hormone therapy & radiation. My pet scan did not show conclusive evidence of cancer & bone scan was negative. Because of the scans I am hesitant to let them blast away with radiation. Since you both are doing hormones and appear to be doing well, can you tell me of the side effects? Sex life, mood,fragile bones, tiredness, weight gain......do any of these apply? Do you take injections forever to knock psa down? Your info is appreciated & hope you both continue to do well.
Regards,
George
central Fl.

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segersales
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Hi George, my friend Glen asked me to post a response regarding your situation. Two years ago I had the DaVinci procedure with favorable margins reported on the pathology. 9 months ago my PSA measured at .30. My urologist recommended radiation. I had 38 radiation treatments of the prostate bed. my psa is now measuring at <.01. They really pinpoint the radiation. they actually inserted a few gold markers in the prostate bed so they could direct the radiation just in that area. the only side effect i had was that i was a bit tired the last 3 weeks or so of treatment.

I still have sex, no problem with continence. If you would like to contact me you can send an email to segersales@aol.com and I can give you my phone number as well.

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Did your cancer cells show up on any scans?

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segersales
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Hi, no nothing showed up on my scans. i dont check this very often, so if you have questions, email me at segersales@aol.com

Bill91101
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Hi George,

I'm currently on Degarelix. It knocks the hell out of testosterone. I feel pretty good (just a little weird the day after the injection, and I have a sensitive injection site).

The only real draw back is that I don't think about girls as much as I used to. But that's kind of a plus since I get a lot more of other things done.

I'm not sure going from .3 to .7 is any real cause for worry, but I'm not the doctor. PSA (as I understand) can also be affected by any type of stress in that region- bike riding, etc.) Mine is presently at 0.5 (tied with Glen! and my dad who had proton beam- nothing else- 13 years ago).

Radiation was pretty easy. Some diarrhea, hair loss in the region, pain in the urethra.

All gone now. Other than the sex drive, everything else is the same. I'm working full time (business trip the other day). My mood is actually improved. Apparently my testosterone was high before I went on the treatments. Not sure. I'll ask next time.

I'm thinking that excessive testosterone can make you moody, edgy.

Also try pomegranate juice. There is stuff posted around here somewhere on it and how it apparently lowers PSA. My urologist recommended it.

Take care and visualize the positive outcome to all this!

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Sounds like you haven't lost your sense of humor. I see the radiation doctor next week. I know he is going to want to start shooting. But he has to convince me he knows what he is shooting at. All my scans were inconclusive. Also, not sure if they do find the perpetrators if I want proton beam or Imrt radiation therapy. If I need hormone therapy, since I'm a singer, I worry my voice will go up a octave. And as a tennis player...will I lose my competitive nature? I already lost most of my "up time" for sex with surgery, so the loss of "drive" may not be any big deal! Here I am blab, blabin away......but you guys know where I'm at. Good luck....and lets keep drinking that pomegranate juice.
George

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segersales
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hi bill, before i received radiation, they inserted a few gold markers in my prostate bed...too many jokes here, I know. So the idea is that they were able to really target the prostate bed to kill rogue cancer cells...so far my psa has been measured at <0.01

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Medcomglen
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Hi George,

Sorry to hear you have a PSA after RP but I read that you should be concerned if your PSA rises past 15ngl. and then some look for a doubling time. Someone wrote..." ask five Urologists and five Oncologists the same question and you will receive ten different answers." I see my friend Denis replied to your post and did fine with radiation when his PSA rose. The hormone therapy side effects are different for everyone but I've experienced exhaustion, loss libido, hot flashes, weight gain, moobs, personality changes etc. This is one reason why I chose intermittent therapy so I can give my body a break. The side effects seemed worse with Casodex and Lupron when I started two years ago compared to Firmagon but there are trade offs. Firmagon is what drove me to these boards in the first place. Check out some of the older posts for more info on hormone injections and my intermittent therapy/PSA roller coaster. Great car by the way but I want to know where Bonnie is?

TTYL and keep the faith.
Glen

olddukey
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I've been doing this for the last 18 years.
e-mail me at olddukey@gmail.com call at 561 441 9796.
John 34 ford 2 dr high boy 302 with 671 blower just for fun.
I'm SE FL

Bill91101
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Glen,
too funny!

Talked to my dad Tuesday night. He hasn't gotten any hormone treatments, but he had proton beam back in '96. His PSA hovers around 0.5 since. He was bragging to his senior citizen buddies about how high my PSA was originally. My brother commented it was the same as my IQ.

I'm getting injections every month for at least a year. Doctors are watching and waiting.

Could be a lot worse: poor guy at work just got the news about having colon cancer. He's only 38!

Bill

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Medcomglen
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Hey Bill,

I've even "bragged" about your PSA score in a Prostate support group so you are becoming rather famous. Based on your IQ I'll take over the book and movie rights. OK? LOL
Your Dad's success is a good sign for you.

So true, alway's someone out there worse off but it seems that cancer is hitting younger and younger folks these days.

Best to you.
Glen

Bill91101
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Glen,
too funny!

Talked to my dad Tuesday night. He hasn't gotten any hormone treatments, but he had proton beam back in '96. His PSA hovers around 0.5 since. He was bragging to his senior citizen buddies about how high my PSA was originally. My brother commented it was the same as my IQ.

I'm getting injections every month for at least a year. Doctors are watching and waiting.

Could be a lot worse: poor guy at work just got the news about having colon cancer. He's only 38!

Bill

jpmpage
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Hi Glen, sorry that I haven't been very communicative.
It means a lot to me to receive your comments, You give me
so much to think about along with all of the encouragement.
Great news on your recent PSA reading of 0.5. I had my 5th
injection October 3rd with a PSA reading of 0.4. I have had
no pain since but do have hot flashes after a meal along
with a lot of weakness. This may be, in part, because of my
age. I was born March 28, 1921
If we all keep positive thoughts, us 'Firmagons' are gonna
make it.
I wish you the best recovery from this thing that we are all
experiencing.
Carl

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Medcomglen
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Carl,

Great news on your PSA score and thank you for your kind words. At your age you are definitely an inspiration to all of us fighting PC. No need to apologize for not communicating on these boards. I should have replied sooner but I attended my 40th High school reunion last week. I can brag that even with my disease I still looked ten years younger compared to most of my old H.S. buddies. LOL. Great news on your PSA score. You won! I was due for another Firmagon injection but decided to beat my chest for a few months . I can tell my libido is coming back so it will be interesting to see my next PSA results next month. Have you tried drinking Soy milk to lessen hot flashes? It seems to work for me when I remember to drink it. Stay in touch and best wishes for recovery.

Glen

retired1
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Glen & Carl etal
Please let us know where you found out about Fimagon. Did your Doc suggest it or did you have to request it's use??? Lupron no longer works for me so looking for the next step toward more aggressive treatment. Thanks
Bob

ld34
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I read your comments concerning Lupron failure. Would you be kind enough to provide prior details. How did you get to the Lupron phase? Surgery? How long the Lupron work for you etc.
I thank you in advance.

retired1
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Bracheytheropy in1998 after biopsy PSA 19.7 3+2=5 and PSA went to <0.1 lasted for about 14 month then elevated so started the Lupron in 2000, one shot per monthe (7.5) brought the PSA back to the <0.1 for about 7 years, then re occurrence stopped Lupron and found a
supplement (pills) from Mexico called PROSTAL (may not be available now) brougnt PSA back to<0.1 for nearly two years the re occurrence this year started Lupron again in July but PSA not responding
Bob

ld34
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Thanks for the very quick response

Your comments on the following will be most appreciated

Side effects of Lupron?
Lupron every month vs every four months?
Relationship of gleason and Lupron failure?

Thanks

retired1
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ld34
I have very little side effects from Lupron except hot flashes and after so long a time thought I needed a training bra. No experience on any other dose other than the trial of one for 3 months (which did not work) so elected to keep the one per month. My doctor said we needed to do SOMETHING when PSA hit 10 so will discuss whatever he recommends for next step but in looking at all the sides on Fimagon the nost scary one to me is the 5.2 "Effect on QT/QTc Interval" cannot tell whether Fimagon is worse than Lupron or not or whether both would cause a problem after prolong usage. Good luck with your decision.
Bob

Odyssey
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Great to find this group, thinking about Firmagon. I asked my doctor about the QT interval and he said it was related to dropping my testosterone and would be a potential issue regardless of the drug. Weighing my options and staying positive.

retired1
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ld34
Your doctor will tell you that at SOME point the Big "C" will overcome the Lupron treatments, we are all a little different so cannot say when.
Bob

ld34
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One more thing, Bob.... Did you start your Lupron at a psa of 7.5?

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Medcomglen
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Hi Bob,

I posted a reply earlier today but for some reason the post never showed up here. Anyway, I found out about Firmagon from a Ferring Pharma Press Release I received while working for a Medical dot com.

Has your Oncologist suggested Casodex and or Taxotere since hormone therapy no longer has an effect? Taxotere does not increase life expectancy very long according to some studies but we are all snowflakes so this may reduce your PSA long enough until a new cure is discovered. Keep us abreast as to what your Doctor recommends since we will all be following in your footsteps at some point in time.

Best wishes,
Glen

jpmpage
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Hello Bob,
My urologist called me and said come and see me, I have found something new that looks like it could be just what we need to help you. We met and he said that because of the serious condition that i am in we should start the treatment immediatly, and we did.
If you read what each of us Firmagonians have written, you will see the results from each one of us. I live in Hollywood, CA. Where do you live?

I wish you all the best. Carl

retired1
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Hey guys many thanks for the input. Presently on Casodex (since July) and yes I have been reading the fantastic results that seem to be too good to be true for each of you. My appointment is Nov 4th and will post a notice of results (may have to wait for couple of days for) Lab results. Live in DFW area.
Bob

retired1
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Hi Guys
Update on last lab report, call it a little Christmas present, PSA down from 11.5 to 6.5 with Lupron shots. Don't know why it kicked in now but will take anything I can get to reduce it. Happy holidays to all.
Bob

jpmpage
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Hi Glen,
I just realized that I gave the wrong information in my October 10 communication.
I had my 4th injection, NOT MY 5th injection.
My 5th injection will be on November 3rd. I will let you know what my latest PSA reading is maybe on November 4th. Sorry about this. I am feeling pretty darn good most of the time. Once in a while a bad day but there are more good than bad. My best to you along with all the good wishes for you. Carl

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Medcomglen
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Hi Carl,

Hoo Rah! PSA results remained the same at 0.5. My last injection of Firmagon was August 26th. My plan is to stay off Firmagon until my PSA rises to 2.0. Wishing you a painless fifth injection.

Best,

Glen

jpmpage
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Hello Glen,
Here I am late to respond again. I had my 5th injection on November 3rd.
My PSA reading went up a little from 0.4 to 0.6 but was told not to worry
about that. I will be going in for my 6th injection and a PSA reading on
December 4th, 2009. I am having a lot of stomach problems lately, but, I
also have some very good days. On Saturday, November 21st I was feeling
great and put a new tire, and a new spark plug in our 1964 Rambler Wagon.
The next day I felt terrible and did nothing. Today the 23rd of November
I felt good again and washed off about 6 months of dirt from the Rambler.
She runs well, and looks great. Enough for now.
My best to you and all the others there.

See Ya, Carl

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Medcomglen
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After my last shot of Firmagon on 8/26 my PSA remained the same at 0.5 two months in a row for October & November. December 9th PSA results were even better at 0.46. This never happened before after taking a break from hormone therapy on Lupron. Happy Holidays everyone!

retired1
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Carl
I have one more question, did you at one time have Lupron shots? thanks
Bob

jpmpage
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Hi Bill,

OK on buying up Pomegranate Juice. I'm doing about the same.
I buy from Trader Joe.
Congratulations on the PSA 0.5. I am so sorry to hear about
the possibility of being on these injections for three years.
I don't know how long my doctor will have me continue mine.
Good for you on laughter approach to problems, I'm giving it
a good tryout. Try the visualizations that Larry was talking
about. I have another meeting with my Oncologist in December.
Ok on living in Riverside. The wife and I have a cabin in the
Lytle Creek area which is not very far from Riverside. We
recently had a close call with a big fire, but we were OK.
I wish you the very best, and that everything is going to work
out just right. Carl

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gkoper
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Hi jpmpage.........I'm not Bill or Glen but I'm 65, a Davinci failure, and looking at radiation & possible hormone therapy so I can live to the age of 88. I applaud you for doing what it takes to live 88years. You are my role model. Keep us posted on your progress. Lets raise a p-juice glass...........
George

olddukey
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George,
I'm 18 years into itermitent therapy.
I works, all my parts work most of the time and there are NEW treatment options all the time.
John
dukey@mail.usa.com

jpmpage
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Hello Larry,

I appreciate your good comments very much. Also, I like
your visualizations of the cancer dying and I certainly
am using it. I also try to keep some humor going although
it'not easy. Regarding the Pomegranate Juice, on the
bottles that I get from Trader Joe, the labels say
'All natural and pasturized - Just Pomegranate from
concentrate'. I pay $4.95 per bottle.
I will keep good thoughts for you on your first PSA and
Injection on October 17th.
The Wife and I take a lot of vitamins. It has come down
to "We will try almost anything to get rid of the cancer"
All best wishes, Carl

jogger
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Hi Guys,

I'm glad I happened upon this forum. It has given me a good idea of what to look forward to since I'm getting my first shot of Firmagon tomorrow. I haven't had any other conventional treatment since my PSA started going up a few years ago. Now, at age 77, I have a Gleason score of 8 and a PSA of 800. You read that right, 800. The cancer has not metastasized, but it has given me an annoying case of incontinence. I'll keep you up to date. I have to mention: The biopsy was very painful. I've also had a cystoscopy and it was the most painful 2 minutes I have ever experienced.

jogger
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Hi guys,

I've had my first (double) shot of Degarelix. For the first day I was somewhat achy all over, so I took ibuprofen and I was much more comfortable. However, the injection sites were annoying, especially the itchiness. I also had one brief, mild experience with hot flushing. There's been no change in vitality or ability to sleep. So far, so good. It's too soon to tell, and it just may be a coincidence, but I've been making one less trip to the john at night.

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Medcomglen
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Welcome Jogger,

I too experienced itchness, swelling, rash at injection site. One of the other "Firmagoners" posted he ended up in the ER after an injection.

Hopefully Ferring will develop a 3 month or longer injection program soon. Monthly abdominal injections can become a bother. Compared to the way I reacted to Lupron therapy I'll put up with the side effects of Firmagon. My last injection was in August and my past two PSA results remained the same at 0.5. This was the first time in two years this ever happened. I'll learn my newest PSA result tomorrow. In the meantime I wish you best of health.

Glen

jogger
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Hi Glen,

I have absolutely no medical knowledge, but it seems interesting that one could get a PSA down to .5 after a diagnosis of lymph node involvement and grade 4. Way to go!. With a Gleason score of 8 and a baseline PSA of 800, I should be so lucky. Happy New Year!

Jack

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Medcomglen
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Hi Jack,

I was surprised as well as to my low PSA results especially for the length of time from my last Firmagon injection in August. "Knock on wood" Hopefully you will experience the same results.

Best wishes,
Glen

jogger
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Hi Glen (and others)

Yesterday I had an ultrasound of my prostate, which is a month after my third shot. Doctor is 'very pleased' with the amount of shrinkage. I had my fourth shot yesterday and it still hurts a lot at the injection site. However, I have no body aches or flushing such as I have experienced before. The nurse took blood to get my PSA and testosterone levels. I put off dealing with my prostate conventionally for years, counting on infusions of Vitamin C, which I had to stop because my veins gave out. It's just as well because my PSA was off the chart. I hope I did the right thing in that I may have avoided the possibility of surgery, chemo or radiation and their side effects. The Degarelix has not affected my libido because it was down to zero even before I had my first shot. :-) After my biopsy months back I had bloody urine for a while. Now every time I see the doctor the first thing he wants to know is do I have any more bleeding. I think he believes the bleeding was from the cancer. I like to think it was just the biopsy. Oh, well, time will tell.

Jack (the ex jogger, thanks to the recent development of angina.) Bummer I had done the NYC marathon when I was 50, 60 and 70 and I was hoping to do it at 80. Just as well. The entrance fee is too high these days. (sour grapes)

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Medcomglen
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Jogger,
You chose the perfect login name for yourself. You should finish the marathon again at age 80. I'll pay your entrance fee but... I'll be the first to get your autograph and I want 30% from your Late Night talking engagements and book publishing rights.

I had bleeding too after my Biopsy and I remember reading a pamphlet stating that would be possible for a few days after biopsy. Blood also appears in semen. (What is that?) In fact I don't know anyone I've spoken to that didn't have blood in their urine after a biopsy for about 3-5 days. I hope it wasn't from your cancer cells.

There is a video on youtube on Firmagon and Doctor Chodak said 35% of patients in the clinical trials experienced injection site pain. I'm almost thinking of switching to Lupron so I don't have to endure the Mack Truck to the stomach feeling again. My last injection was this past August and my PSA has been down to 0.5. or below. I get checked again this Friday so wish me luck. If my PSA has risen beyond 2. I'll have to get another injection. Best wishes, Glen

jogger
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Hi, Glen,

I've had my sixth shot, or is it seven? Any way my, PSA is now 2.6, down from 800. I guess the gain is worth the pain at the injection site, including the 'rock' and the inflammation, both of which last a week. Ibuprofin does help. I hope I can get some time off from the shots. I see your PSA held from August to January. What's your score now?

Off the topic, (try and stop me), but I'm taking blood thinners as a result of my bypass. They are a pain because you gotta keep going for a test (every two weeks right now) to see that the viscosity of the blood stays within a certain range. I bruise very easily. BTW, one of the medications I was prescribed is Lasix. When I started to lose my hearing I looked up all of medications and saw that the Lasix has the potential to cause deafness, so, without doctor's orders, I took myself off of it and within days my hearing was back to normal and I didn't see a rise in edema, which is what the Lasix is supposed to stop. And now, as to my potbelly, I can't get a decent aerobic workout going because of low back pain. I do what I can laying (lying?) down and pumping my arms and legs. I had one slice of bread for two weeks and lost a lousy one pound.

Jack

olddukey
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Glen,
please email the results to me.
I file all info for future use.
I went off Zoladex in April and had a 1.1 then, 3.4 May, 4.0 July and 4.6 in November.
I still take a proscar every day. Have for the last 15 years. They say it halves the PSA
but I think it's anti cancer qualities are always there working for us.
john
olddukey@gmail.com

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