Sep 08, 2009 - 11:09 am
I am very new to this site. My dad was diagnosed with advanced prostate cancer about 1 1/2 years ago which has already metastatized to multiple bones in his body. My dad is around 70ish. Nonetheless, the pain doesn't lessen at all due to the age factor. Me, my mom and my husband's heart are extremely heavy due to this diagnosis. We have watched a very vibrant, humorous, healthy, outgoing and wonderful man go through something that I wouldn't wish on my worse enemy. The love that I have for my father is beyond what any words could ever express and it has been hard watching him go through this intense pain. However, about 2 months ago, his doctors started him on Casodex and Lupron shots. He is scheduled to get the next injection in October. I truly praise God that he has felt much better than before since the combination hormone therapy. He has not had to take a pain pill for about 2 months now. The side effects have been hot flashes on and off, occasional tiredness, some lower back pain, a little bit of weight gain which he desperatly needed and he said that hair is just growing everywhere (under arms, etc.) Overall, he has been in much better spirits lately and again I give God all the glory.
I do have a couple of questions for anyone that might be (or knows anyone) on the same meds that my dad is taking (Casodex & Lupron shots)? I know that this might sound very weird coming from a daughter (but I am a married grown daughter), I've spoken to my mom because I keep reading about the men taking these meds having their sex drive significantly decrease. Has anyone tried any types of meds to try to help them out in that area such as Viagra or anything and what were the results? Also, does anyone know of anyone to have broken any of their bones, in particular their femur bone? That is the bone that the doctors seems to very concerned with. In addition, has anyone experienced the hair growth while taking these meds. Please help if you can. I thank you all in advance for any light you can shed.
I pray for everyone on this website and I thank all of you for your stories. We all need as much information and emotional support as we can get.