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Natural Progesterone, anyone used this,been reading online that it is very good in helping with PC, etc.

lucky girl
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I have read, in researching things for my husband, that natural progesterone was
good for prostate cancer and the reduction of. Anybody read and used for and found results? I know first hand that is very good for women as I know how bad estrogen is for cancer, causes it to spread, first because I had to have when I was trying to have children and second because my oldest sister had cancer, in 1971, and since cysts, etc. were not necessarily sent to path as they are today,(and she was pregnant) her doctor said she had mastitis(I know spelling isn't right)and treated her with estrogen, of course it was cancer not the other and the cancer spread all over, she lived three years, most of not too great....At any rate, I read how good natural progesterone is in the use for treating and possibly reducing prostate cancer. It makes plenty of sense to me, what I read anyway and why, so just wondering if any of you guys have heard of and used...
I love my husband deeply and am all the time researching and seeking ways to help him through this.

I have such respect and admiration for all of you who are dealing with this, you all have such good attitudes and desire to beat PC.

May God bless you all,
Thanks for anything you have to share with me on this.
Marcia

4MYGUY
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Joined: May 2009

Hi Marcia,
It's great of you to research the options. There is a ton of information out there to sort through. massgeneral.org has information about progesterone (hormone therapy) as it relates to PC that may be of interest to you. Good Luck and don't forget to take care of the care giver.

lucky girl
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Thanks allot for commenting. I think my husband is going to try the natural progesterone,
see if it works for him. I will keep reading. I will check out the site you listed. I appreciate it! The one he will be using is a cream. We will see how it goes.. He had a hormone shot right before he started his radiation to slow the progression of the cancer and has not had to have another, thank goodness.

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fishing_fool
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My husband is having his prostate removed in Oct. 2009. The surgeon put him on a drug called avodart. This drugs original purpose is to help to shrink an enlarged prostate. The "off label" usage, studies have found, that it may slow the progression of prostate cancer. We asked about side effects - they said there are minimal to rare. So... while my husband goes 4 months to surgery we figured why not give it a try. We will know if his PSA goes down. It is not recommended to a cure or for that matter long term - cancer is cancer, but if it gives him some peace of mind that he is doing something during these 4 months great. The medicine works by blocking the conversion of testosterone into dihydrotestosterone! The Doctor explained the process, but it went over my head!
Going through this with my husband is so hard... I am sure not as hard as having it.
God Bless, Patty

hopeful and opt...
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I've just been reading about it, but am interested to know more.

Here's quote that I took from internet site about the drug.

" Oncologic side effects have included a prevention or delay in the appearance of prostate cancer. However, finasteride has also been linked to an increased risk of high-grade prostate cancer."

Ira

lucky girl
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My husband is going to try the progesterone cream. Will keep posts as he uses once he sees some results.
Thanks for your comment Ira.

hopeful and opt...
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Medical oncologist or urologist or oncology radiation?

lucky girl
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Joined: Apr 2009

Hi Hopeful,
Not sure I understand your question. Are you speaking of the progesterone?
No doctor prescribing. My husband has a urologist and an radiation onocologist but we haven't seen the urologist in a few mos. and he hasn't seen radiation o. since his implants.
The progesterone cream is something we have read about and spoke with our health food specialist and my husband has decided to try to cream. The cream actually has progesterone,
saw palmetto, and some others, can't think what they are right off, would have to look at bottle. He was taking flomax prior to the saw palmetto and was having awful side effects and we read of how so many men were having same side effects and some had switched to saw palmetto and found the side effects disappeared very quickly, and got the same results as the flomax gave but better. He also takes vitamin e with selenium and CoQ10. You might look these up online and see what the benefits are. Many people don't believe in natural health
methods and that is ok,too, but he finds this to be better since is not all the chemical stuff. No doctor prescribing these things if that is the question.. Is thinking of having a B12 shot, has been told that that will help with exhaustion.
Thanks for your interest.

lucky girl
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Joined: Apr 2009

Hi fishing, and thanks for commenting. My husband went in for surgery last September but had complications and bled out and when his blood pressure dropped due to loss of blood, he had a very small heart attack, so his doctor came out and explained what was happening and said that he was opting to abort the surgery. He did get two lymph nodes and said they looked good, and did in fact come back clear. But, my husband ended up a couple nights in CCu and on a vent but did great and was moved to room. Had heart cath done and found the damage to heart to be minimal, thank God above. So, since he could not do surgery, he had to start over, so waited for radiation til Nov. and in meantime, got the hormone therapy shot, only one, then five wks. of radiation and then at end of that, right before Christmas
he had the radioactive seed implants. He did great in Jan. and Feb., got really busy, felt good but then since then the radiation has hit pretty hard. Stays exhuasted and moody, some pains, etc., but I heard him say to someone yesterday that he felt that he may be starting over the hump and getting better. A blessing! His first PSA in March was 0.07 which the nurse who called to give results said was great. Now we have to have next, will see before long how that one goes, hopefully lower even.
God bless you and yours and I appreciate your thoughts.

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