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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

Dr. Barry Rosen
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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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Does Lupron (leuprolide) for treatment of prostate cancer, also stop the formation of seminal liquid.

Does Lupron (leuprolide) for treatment of prostate cancer, also stop the formation of seminal liquid.

Slightly Possible: The vast majority of Lupron (leuprolide) users have no reported decrease in seminal fluid. Those that do report a decrease were mostly >60 yrs old. ...Read more

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What to do if I'm a 58 year old man with prostate cancer , I'm undergoing radiation treatment and lupron (leuprolide) ,i get hot flashe?

What to do if I'm a 58 year old man with prostate cancer , I'm undergoing radiation treatment and lupron (leuprolide) ,i get hot flashe?

Side effect: The most common side effect of Lupron (leuprolide) is hot flashes. Unfortunately there is not much to do about it. The good news is that Lupron (leuprolide) is stopping your prostate cancer from being active. Lupron (leuprolide) in addition to radiation has been shown to work better than radiation alone for some patients with prostate cancer. ...Read more

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63 prostate cancer on lupron (leuprolide) and now cancer in lymphnode in chest would t cell shot help and can I do chemo and radiation together at same time?

63 prostate cancer on lupron (leuprolide) and now cancer in lymphnode in chest would t cell shot help and can I do chemo and radiation together at same time?

Need more info: Is the lymph node in the chest related to the prostate cancer? How is the psa? Anything else positive on the bone scan/ct scan ? Options one can get once the cancer progresses on lupron- including- Provenge vaccines; other androgen blocker, chemotherapy, zytiga, (abiraterone acetate) . Radiation will prob not needed for lymph gland in the chest and better not to do it at the same time as chemo. Discuss with your md. ...Read more

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Can you take Depo-Provera lupron for prostate cancer while on coumadin (warfarin)?

Can you take Depo-Provera lupron for prostate cancer while on coumadin (warfarin)?

Yes: There is not an interaction between these drugs. One must be careful with the injection of leuprolide when one is on blood thinners to make certain no bleeding occurs. Eligard is a form of leuprolide given sq rather than im which may lessen bleeding risks at administration. ...Read more

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What are the side effects of radiation for prostate cancer?

What are the side effects of radiation for prostate cancer?

Here are some...: Radiation intends to kill cancers but always accompanying its collateral injury to all the tissues projected through. As a result, nature or features of all injured tissues may ensue leading to less ability to function and self-repair. Hence, urinary and/or fecal frequency, bleeding from rectum or bladder, etc. may develop. At times, feeling some tiredness may also happen to few. Generally, rare. ...Read more

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What will my father do with the side effects from his prostate cancer?

What will my father do with the side effects from his prostate cancer?

Discuss with his Dr.: Your father or you should address this to his urologist, oncologist or radiotherapist. There are many sequelae of prostate cancer, such as pain, and urinary syptoms. All can and should be addressed by his drs. ...Read more

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What are the side effects of channel TURP - metastatic prostate cancer?

What are the side effects of channel TURP - metastatic prostate cancer?

Channel TURP: The assumption is that this person has advanced prostate cancer and has urinary obstruction secondary to the cancer. A channel TURP can lead to urinary incontinence.. ...Read more

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Does brachytherapy for prostate cancer have the same side effects as beam radiation?

Does brachytherapy for prostate cancer have the same side effects as beam radiation?

No: Though both types of radiation are delivered to the prostate the brachytherapy has higher levels of radiation that cause more urinary symptoms than external beam. The external beam radiation has greater side effects on the rectum where as a properly performed brachytherapy procedure should have virtually no rectal symptoms. ...Read more

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I have blood in my urine post 6 weeks scope to bladder for prostate cancer side effects, it happened after sex?

I have blood in my urine post 6 weeks scope to bladder for prostate cancer side effects, it happened after sex?

Possible, but...: Seeing gross hematuria after intercourse under your reported scenario is possible, but bears no alarm as long as voiding comfortably & have no fever. To help undrstand bloody urine in general, view article in http://formefirst.com/hematuria.html. For life reality, view lists of Facts of Life-1,2,&3 by clicking the BUTTON on the left side of HOME of www.formefirst.com. Best... ...Read more

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What can be the side effects of prostate cancer treatment?

What can be the side effects of prostate cancer treatment?

Depends: 1. Confined to prostate - options include surgery, radiation, and radiation seeds/similar.
2. Prostate cancer spread - Lupron (leuprolide) injections, casodex, taxotere are usually initial treatments.
Side effects of all these treatments varies. I would suggest a conversation with your oncologist or urologist regarding the recommended treatment and options. ...Read more

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How do you choose between surgery and radiation for localized prostate cancer when both have similar success rates and side effects??

How do you choose between surgery and radiation for localized prostate cancer when both have similar success rates and side effects??

Let's discussfurther: The answer to your question is out of scope for this forum. Unfair to answer question in the 400 characters allowed. Treatment is individualized. Happy to review in a consult request. Can review all your particulars. Good luck ...Read more

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Prostate cancer - are there side effects of radiation therapy?

Prostate cancer - are there side effects of radiation therapy?

YES: External beam: skin becomes red, swollen, warm, and sensitive, as if sunburn which subsides gradually in four to six weeks.

Possible side effects: erectile dysfunction and urinary symptoms of frequency, bleeding, or, rarely, incontinence. ...Read more

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I've survived prostate cancer for 5 years now after radiation treatment, but with the usual side effects. Is it harmful to masterbate?

I've survived prostate cancer for 5 years now after radiation treatment, but with the usual side effects. Is it harmful to masterbate?

No, please enjoy: There is no reason not to masturbate, and healthy to have the urge. Is there any chance you might find or have a partner, that might be better. ...Read more

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Is prostate cancer a side effect of finasteride or I am misinformed?

Is prostate cancer a side effect of finasteride or I am misinformed?

Think of this: Finastereide did not cause prostate cancer , but some data has stated that if you were taking it, the cancer could be in more agressive form when it develops. ...Read more

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Is there any side effect of luprodex 11.25 inj. In prostate cancer? What can be other treatment options for prostate cancer?

Is there any side effect of luprodex 11.25 inj. In prostate cancer? What can be other treatment options for prostate cancer?

See below: This medication and others like it are called androgen deprivation therapy, and they work by shutting down testicular production of the male hormone testosterone (aka chemical castration). Common side effects include hot flashes, fatigue, loss of sex drive, weight gain, erectile problems, depression, and bone demineralization. ...Read more

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How well researched is taking TRT causing prostate cancer? What is the likelihood someone could go on TRT for a lifetime and have no serious side efct

How well researched is taking TRT causing prostate cancer? What is the likelihood someone could go on TRT for a lifetime and have no serious side efct

It doesn't: This was exploded over twenty years ago. Earl, there's lots of junk studies in science, but I've examined this and it doesn't hold up in the best work. You could do a study relying on people's memories that would "prove" eating licorice causes your kids to be born with a unibrow. The benefits for most men of replacement therapy seem marginal, but cancer's not one of the dangers. ...Read more

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I have prostate cancer, had radiation & injections for 2 yrs. Can't get' erected. Any meds to help?

I have prostate cancer, had radiation & injections for 2 yrs. Can't get' erected. Any meds to help?

DON'T GO THIS ALONE: You need to discuss this with your urologist. I can't offer any real help with this forum, so monday morning, you call , or have your doctor call, your urologist, so you can have a thorough discussion. Then, you may be able to reach some appropriate management of your problem. Good luck. ...Read more

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92 year old male prostate cancer hormone injection left a small lump which is getting bigger?

92 year old male prostate cancer hormone injection left a small lump which is getting bigger?

Discuss w/ doctor: Mention this to the provider. That's the person most able to determine the cause and find a corrective action if possible. ...Read more

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My 71 yr old dad has advanced prostate cancer. He is starting to get very forgetful and confused. He is on hormone injections is it normal?

My 71 yr old dad has advanced prostate cancer. He is starting to get very forgetful and confused. He is on hormone injections is it normal?

Forgetfulness: Patients with advanced prostate cancer tend to decline cognitively when the disease is very advanced. Since it can be other things including infection, he needs to have this assessed by a physician who knows him. ...Read more

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Do these supplements cause prostate cancer. Selenium and vitamin e derived from sunflower oil. I didn't take these yet just to be on the safe side. ?

Do these supplements cause prostate cancer. Selenium  and vitamin e derived from sunflower oil. I didn't take these yet just to be on the safe side. ?

Not sure yet, but...: There has been no real study on how selenium & Vit E may induce prostate cancer. Most supplements are preying on public's fear and anxiety for commercialism with conflicting info on benefits or harms. In general, you may use them in moderation, but seriously take healthy lifestyle with no overindulgence as the foundation of all care. More? Go to articles in http://formefirst.com/onLifeBasics.html. ...Read more

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I am 92 have prostate cancer, high blood pressure and problems with blood clots. I take eligard, (leuprolide) nefridene for bo. Can i take blk cohosh for flashes?

I am 92 have prostate cancer, high blood pressure and problems with blood clots. I take eligard, (leuprolide) nefridene  for bo. Can i take blk cohosh for flashes?

Here are...: Probably not although cohosh has been used for female menopause-related hot flash. If being reasonably coping with it well, i don't advise using it. As to using eligard, (leuprolide) i wouldn't comment on its use due to unclear intended goal for its current use. As to nefridene, i assumed you meant nefidipine? More detail, ask and talk with your doc timely; online for such is inadequate for your present need. ...Read more

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Need expert advice on effects of orchidectomy and lhrh agonist drugs on prostate cancer?

Need expert advice on effects of orchidectomy and lhrh agonist drugs on prostate cancer?

Lower testosterone: Orchiectomy and lhrh agonist medications are performed to lower the production of testosterone (fuel that promotes prostate cancer growth). Both will cause a man's testosterone to drop typically lower than 50 (normal >300). Will slow prostate cancer growth but not "cure" it. Side-effects of castration include hot-flashes, osteoporosis, diabetes/cardiovascular risks, etc. Discuss with urologist. ...Read more

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I need external beam radiation for prostate cancer, will it have any bad effects on the rest of me?

I need external beam radiation for prostate cancer, will it have any bad effects on the rest of me?

not too bad: The majority of men do very well with radiation. During treatment there can be some fatigue, urinary changes and possibly some loose stools. Late term there can be a risk for erectile dysfunction, small risk for long term urinary changes, and especially with newer radiation techniques a small chance of rectal bleeding (proctitis). ...Read more

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What are the effects of taking homones fosfestrol and bicalutamide for 3 weeks after being misdiagnosed with prostate cancer?

What are the effects of taking homones fosfestrol and bicalutamide for 3 weeks after being misdiagnosed with prostate cancer?

Low testosterone: The effects of these medications are to lower the male hormone, testosterone, in the body. This would be a temporary and reversible effect. There should be no long term consequence. You should have full recovery within 1 month of stopping the medicine. ...Read more

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Can woman get prostate cancer?

Can woman get prostate cancer?

No: Lucky for us - that is one kind of cancer we can't get. Only men have prostates. ...Read more

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How does one get prostate cancer?

How does one get prostate cancer?

We don't know: Prostate cancer is not a cancer that one just "gets". Its appears to be a multifactorial diease that is influenced by genetics but may also occur sporadically without any family history. There has been recent data to show that viyamin e may increase chances of getting cancer but there are no other specific links thus far. ...Read more

Dr. James Lin
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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


Dr. Jeffrey Stevens
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Leuprolide Acetate (Definition)

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