Jan 04, 2011 - 2:35 pm
First day here and already my third post. You can count on me to be actively engaged in sharing with you whatever I learn, and I hope you will reciprocate.
This post is about Avodart (Dutasteride, 0.5 mg). The Oncologist that my Urologist referred me to is suggesting Brachytherapy (see implant). My fist and only consultation with him was mid December 2010. He recommends a regimen of Avodart to aid in shrinking prostate and reducing symptoms of BPH. I am already taking Flomax, and it helps a little (less pushing), but has not done much for frequency and urgency.
The Oncologist further suggests this course for at least 3 months before he would engage in the Seed therapy.
I have two questions:
1. Anyone here have experience with Avodart? Any feedback on side effects and benefits? One side effect is enlarge moobs (man boobs). I'm working hard at the gym and making progress to reduce those AND the gut. I don't want something to reverse that progress and make that worse. Any thoughts on this?
2. As I am a stage T2b, I generally have concerns about putting this off three months. I am fortunate that I am at low-to-mid staging and don't want to abuse that blessing by waiting around and allowing the PCa to develop further and raise the staging level. Have any of you had a delay recommendation at a similar stage to mine? Any regrets? Other thoughts?
Meanwhile, the Surgeon, upon giving me the news in November, said that he would not proceed till Mid January at the soonest - in order to minimize post-biopsy inflammation.
Three months of difference in the two points of view.
Have you had similar recommendations and experiences?