May 03, 2013 - 11:31 am
My cancer was found in 12.2011. Although my PSA was low(2.4) my Gleason was high,9 of 10(5+4) and It was considered an aggressive form of cancer. The tumor was confined to the right side of my prostate. My doctor recommended direct radiation treatments which consisted of 45 treatments from 12/2011 to the end of Feb.,2012. I received my first Elegard injection in December ,2011. So far I've had 4 injections. I'm due for the next one later this month.( I get the injections every 4 months)
The side affects I have experience include:hot flashes, fatique, sweats,depression, moodyness and a loss of libido. My question centers around the length of treatment. My doctor is vague about how many injections I will need. She says it could be typically 2+ years or then it could be less or longer. I go to talk with her about loss of libido and when can the injections be stopped.She says the shots are needed to keep me alive, which I can dig. Apparently there is no prescribed formula to go by to determine how long treatment is needed. This I can't dig, and is very frustrating. Meanwhile my regular PSA's have been as low as one can be( ).
So, has anyone completed their Elegard treatments? If so, did your libido return? Did the fatique, depression and moodyness eventually go away? I just want to feel something like my old self again, if that is possible..I'm 71 but prior to my cancer treatments, I had not experienced any appreciable loss of libido. I would get tired but it wasn't like the fatique I am experienceing since the Elegard shots began.
Dont get me wrong, i am thankful for the treatments, which saved my life. It's just the quality of life has sunk kinda low..
Anyway, I apologize if this is getting too personal..I'm new on here..