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01/13/2011 08:35 PM

I am getting afraid

jeanneS
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Having hormone therapy sounds so bad . Can you still function...go places, sleep ok, eat ok, ordinary life things?

I hate thinking hubby will be taking it for no reason if it doesn't even prolong his life without being miserable.

Is anyone glad they took it? anyone living longer and still enjoying life?

I feel like crying my heart out.

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01/14/2011 12:30 AM
az4peaks
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Hi Jeanne, - Hormone Therapy is not fun but not as bad as you are envisioning. After educating and counseling men about Prostate Cancer (PCa) for nearly 13 years, I can tell you with confidence that, in my experience, most men that have opted for Hormone Therapy (HT) tolerate it very well. Those who utilize the intermittent form, when appropriate, do enjoy there "off" time when hormonal balance usually returns, thereby providing a temporary respite from the more significant morbidity.

The length of time that it successfully controls the Cancer varies WIDELY by individual patient, so although the AVERAGE length of effective control is often quoted as 2 to 3 years, In actuality many men enjoy much more prolonged treatment time frames than that. The longest that I have personally known is 15 years and still going. This of course is not typical, but neither are those experiencing shorter periods than the averages. All and all, it is quite an effective treatment for

Most men continue to function quite successfully and Hot flashes (or flushes) are similar to those experienced by women going through Menopause. One common side effect of HT that should be mentioned is that it can severely depress a mans Libido and this can often be misinterpreted by the spouse (or partner), as a loss of their own appeal or a calculated change in affection. The hormonal suppression can affect the moods and physical make-up of the patient, and both he and his partner need to be cognizant of some extra effort that MAY be necessary, to understand and accommodate such personal variations.

Many of the symptoms mentioned will become less disrupting as the body adjusts to the hormonal changes involved and personalities adapt to physical and psychological nuances involved. I hope this helps! - John@newPCa.com (aka) az4peaks

Post edited by: az4peaks, at: 01/14/2011 12:36 AM


01/14/2011 04:33 AM
hollywoodmark
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Nicely said, John. I can only add that my dad had hormone therapy for his PC the last couple years of his life, and it did wonders for his quality of life. One day he was sick as a dog; the next he was out playing golf. It really bought him some time, although he waited far too long to do anything about his cancer. Caught earlier, he could've lived much longer with it.

01/15/2011 09:59 PM
jeanneS
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Thank you so very, very much. Some hope is much needed right now.

Do you know if the HT is also used if cancer has gone to the bones?

They found a spot on his hip area in the bone there. Scared us now.

It is very close to where he had radiation treatments. Might hav e caused a second cancer . Just wonderful, eh?

But we aren't sure of the treatment for that .

I am , well both of us actually, very scared it can't be treated.


01/16/2011 05:30 AM
canadianlyme
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If Cialis is effective after nerve sparing surgery,will it also work when on hormone therapy?

01/16/2011 07:44 PM
az4peaks
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Hi Jeanne, - Yes, HT can be and is, used in Metastatic disease, as long as the disease is not Hormone Refractory.

It is unlikely that the new spot on the hip bone is an independent, unrelated Cancer, caused by previous radiation. It is much more likely, from what you have written, that it is a Metastasis from his systemic Prostate Cancer (PCa).

Note, that although I consider myself a well-informed layman, I am NOT a Physician and this Post constitutes my opinion. I hope this helps! - John@newPCa.org (aka) az4peaks

Post edited by: az4peaks, at: 01/16/2011 07:46 PM


01/16/2011 08:13 PM
az4peaks
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Hi canadianlyme, - Nothing in the Prostate Cancer world is 100% or 0% but, Cialis type medication is unlikely to be successful, if the nerve bundles necessary for erection have been removed.

Androgen Deprivation Hormone Therapy often suppresses a man's Libido (the desire for sex), as well as interfering with the physical erection. Their sexual partners can often misinterpret the loss of Libido, as somehow reflecting a conscious loss of interest due to loss their own sex appeal, which is not the case.

Understanding of the POTENTIAL impact that Prostate Cancer (PCa) and its treatments can have on the physical and psychological aspects of a relationship, requires learning, understanding and patience on the part of both participants.

Good luck! - John@newPCa.org (aka) az4peaks

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