Jun 25, 2012 - 12:56 pm
Lupron and Proton Therapy
6/25/12 - My question is simple. I'm trying to determine if the continuation of LUPRON (hormone therapy) beyond the completion of PROTON therapy provides enough benefit to merit doing so in spite of my experience of difficult side effects.
Here are the details: Age: 67 PSA prior to treatment regimen 14, Gleason 7 or 8 depending upon which of two readings are used, biopsy showed 4 of 14 core samples positive (< 5 - 10% in all) General health excellent.
Recently completed (6/13/12) 44 sessions of PROTON (not photon) therapy at Indiana University. One month prior to start of radiation, I was given Casodex and was told this would limit the ability of my testosterone to bind with the PCa cells. After completion of 30 days of Casodex (with no apparent side effects) I was given a 3 month injection of LUPRON to "shut down the production of testosterone" within my body. I'm quite certain this "chemical castration" worked. My libido is almost totally gone. Ability to get erection down to maybe a 4 or 5 (on a scale of 10). The side effects of the Lupron were awful: considerable loss of stamina, day after day of fatigue, hot flashes, mood swings, weight gain over 20 lbs, occasional rip-snorting headaches, muscle and joint discomfort. I was told this was all "normal" and attributable to the hormone therapy.
My question is this. I was advised to continue the Lupron with a 2nd injection. I have concerns about going another 3 months in consideration of the above side effects. I also am concerned about the possible development additional side effects, including cardiac problems as well as another phenomenon I've read about called "Lupron brain" in which the hormone apparently affects your ability to think clearly.
In light of the above, I'm trying to determine if there are compelling reasons why I should continue with the Lupron. Or, are there other options to consider?