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Is lupron (leuprolide) the last resort for prostate cancer?

Is lupron (leuprolide) the last resort for prostate cancer?

Not necessarily: Leuprolide is a common form of lhrh agonist which is used in the treatment of prostate cancer. It reduces the hormone testosterone to low levels, killing much but not all of a patient's cancer. It is used in intermediate and high risk cases along with radiation for curative treatment. It is also used in men with more advanced disease. It depends on the situation but it is an effective tool. ...Read more

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Dr. Barry Rosen
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Cancer (Definition)

Cancer is a group of diseases that is characterized by uncontrolled cell growth leading to invasion of surrounding tissues that spread to other parts of the body. Cancer can begin anywhere in the body and is usually related to one or more genetic mutations that allow normal cells to become malignant by interfering with internal cellular control mechanisms, such as programmed cell death or by preventing ...Read more


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Hormone therapy for prostate cancer?

Hormone therapy for prostate cancer?

Treatment: Hormone therapy consists of medications that decrease the effects of testosterone on prostate cancer and a man's body. Prostate cancer growth is primarily fueled by testosterone. If testosterone is absent/ineffective, prostate cancer hopefully would stop growing. Hormone therapy has several varieties including pills and injections. Given for advanced disease or at times prior to radiation. ...Read more

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Is zoladex (goserelin) effective for breast cancer?

Is zoladex (goserelin) effective for breast cancer?

Depends: Your physician may offer this as one of a variety of possible hormonal manipulations if and only if the pathology team says the tumor is hormone-sensitive. When it works, it is often strikingly successful. ...Read more

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Should men receiving zoladex (goserelin) for prostate cancer be on some form of HRT as well?

Should men receiving zoladex (goserelin) for prostate cancer be on some form of HRT as well?

Hormones: Prostate cancer growth is slowed down by meds like that to reduce testosterone. You wouldn't want to take testosterone, it makes the cancer grow ! good multi vitamin and calcium are good ideas when on testosterone suppression for pca. ...Read more

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How is radiotherapy used for prostate cancer? 

How is radiotherapy used for prostate cancer? 

Many ways: Radiation is a highly effective treatment option for prostate cancer. There are many options which include: external beam radiation therapy with either photons or protons, brachytherapy with either low dose rate seeds or high dose rate brachytherapy, or stereotactic body radiation. You should see a radiation oncologist in consultation to have a discussion about these different options. ...Read more

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How effective is taking low-dose tamoxifen for breast cancer risk reduction?

How effective is taking low-dose tamoxifen for breast cancer risk reduction?

Only One Dose: The use of tamoxifen for chemoprevention is associated with a 50% reduction in breast cancer in those at high risk. Like any drug, there are side-effects and potential complications. Therefore, this decision is best made in consultation with a cancer specialist. ...Read more

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Does radiation for prostate cancer stop semen production?

Does radiation for prostate cancer stop semen production?

Yes: The fluid that comes from the prostate is part of what makes up semen. When these cells are killed the amount of semen is much less to just a few drops which is now more from the sperm and seminal vesicles. ...Read more

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Zytiga (abiraterone acetate) or xtandi for pre-chemo castration resistant prostate cancer? Thoughts?

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Zytiga (abiraterone acetate) or xtandi for pre-chemo castration resistant prostate cancer? Thoughts?

Good options: Both are good options. It will depend on safety profiles and the need of using steroid with zytiga (abiraterone acetate) but not for extandi. Discuss further with your oncologist to select which one is the best for you. ...Read more

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Is alcohol contraindicated while receiving radiation for prostate cancer?

Is alcohol contraindicated while receiving radiation for prostate cancer?

No not really: moderate alcohol intake while receiving RT for prostate cancer is not likely to give you problems if it is consistent with your normal routine. ...Read more

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Why is testosterone replacement not advisable after brachytherapy for prostate cancer?

Why is testosterone replacement not advisable after brachytherapy for prostate cancer?

Growth Factor: Testosterone stimulates growth and multiplication of prostate cells - both normal and cancerous ones. So if any cells survive the brachytherapy, they will grow faster in the presence of testosterone, and be more likely to form a large mass or spread to other parts of the body before being detected. ...Read more

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Compare and contrast chemotherapy for aml with chemo for prostate cancer?

Compare and contrast chemotherapy for aml with chemo for prostate cancer?

Different drugs. : Chemotherapy for a hematologic cancer such as AML differs in the drugs & regimens from an epithelial cancer like prostatic carcinoma. AML typically uses Cytarabine and an anthracycline on a specific schedule. In prostate cancer, docetaxel and cabazitaxel are frequently used drugs. Of note, chemotherapy is not as common a treatment for prostate cancer, where hormonal therapy is often used. ...Read more

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Can hormone treatment for prostate cancer cause osteopenia?

Can hormone treatment for prostate cancer cause osteopenia?

Hormone therapy: If you are on a medication that blocks testosterone, you should be on a good calcium and vitamin d supplement and have bone density testing due to bone loss front his med. ...Read more

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Does taking tamoxifen for breast cancer treatment induce cancer of the womb?

Does taking tamoxifen for breast cancer treatment induce cancer of the womb?

Small risk: Tamoxifen is asociated with a small (less than 5%) risk of uterine cancers, women on tamoxifen require regular gynecologic checkups every 6-12 months and high-risk women may need ultrasound screeenings too. ...Read more

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Can taking tamoxifen for breast cancer treatment induce cancer of the uterus ?

Can taking tamoxifen for breast cancer treatment induce cancer of the uterus ?

Maybe: There is a slight increased risk of endometrial cancer of 1 in 500 chance reported. The benefits of tamoxifen in treatment of breast cancer is much higher than the risk of endometrial cancer. Ask your oncologist and ob-gyn how best to follow or watch for this potential risk. ...Read more

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Does taking tamoxifen for breast cancer treatment cause cancer of the uterus ?

Does taking tamoxifen for breast cancer treatment cause cancer of the uterus ?

Yes: Tamoxifen has been shown to increase the risk of uterine cancer, not unlike estrogen replacement therapy, with an incidence of ~1:500. However, this is almost-always caught at its earliest stage, with very high cure rates. If you compare the benefit of tamoxifen for either treating or preventing breast cancer compared to this risk, the benefit far outweighs the risk. ...Read more

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Is BCG better than chemotherapy for bladder cancer?

Is BCG better than chemotherapy for bladder cancer?

Yes: Yes b c g is better tolerated by patients than intravenous chemotherapy. But if you thinking of intravesical chemotherapy than there is no difference in the tolarability or the effectiveness. ...Read more

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Does radiotherapy for prostate cause colitis?

Does radiotherapy for prostate cause colitis?

It can.: The radiation treats any tissue that tends to reproduce and grow rapidly. This actually describes the lining of the intestine as well as cancer. When the lining of the colon is affected, it falls off and allows the bacteria a chance to get to work on the layers underneath. This leads to inflation (itis) thus colon itis or more properly - colitis. ...Read more

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Should men on adt take a 5ar-inhibitor  when treating prostate cancer?

Should men on adt take a 5ar-inhibitor  when treating prostate cancer?

No: If you're already on adt, your testosterone is close to zero. 5 ari's only block the conversion of testosterone to dh-testosterone. So it is not only not fda approved, it won't help. ...Read more

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What is the normal dose for Xeloda (capecitabine) for stage IV metastatic colon cancer?

What is the normal dose for Xeloda (capecitabine) for stage IV metastatic colon cancer?

Individualize dose: Xeloda (capecitabine) can be used as a single agent to treat stage IV metastatic colorectal cancer. The usual dose is 1250 mg/m2 twice daily orally for 14 days, followed by a 7-day rest period for a total cycle time of 21 days. Adjuvant treatment is recommended for a total of 6 months (8 cycles). Doses may be altered for individual situations with reduced doses for patients with kidney problems. ...Read more

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Prostate (Definition)

The prostate is a gland that lies at the base of the bladder and surrounding a segment of urethra. It secretes a milky fluid that is discharged by excretory ducts into the urethra during the emission of semen. It is clinically important because enlargement of the prostate with age, and prostate cancer are two common ...Read more


Leuprolide Acetate (Definition)

Leuprolide acetate is a GnRH stimulator which is a kind of women's ...Read more