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Having advanced prostate cancer and on hormone therapy. How long a wait till tumor shrinks to a workable size does 8 months sound ?
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Dr. Liawaty Ho
Internal Medicine - Hematology & Oncology
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In brief: Prostate ca
What do you mean by workable size?The response to therapy-.
In this case- hormonal therapy will be individually basis.Majority'll respond well and you can see this by following your psa as the level will go down.Now how long it will take to become normal- it varies, and will depend on the tumor burden.Some imaging like a bone scan or ct scan periodically can be used to monitor the response as well.

In brief: Prostate ca
What do you mean by workable size?The response to therapy-.
In this case- hormonal therapy will be individually basis.Majority'll respond well and you can see this by following your psa as the level will go down.Now how long it will take to become normal- it varies, and will depend on the tumor burden.Some imaging like a bone scan or ct scan periodically can be used to monitor the response as well.
Dr. Liawaty Ho
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Dr. Joseph Woods
Pathology
In brief: See your doctor.
Hormonal therapy comes in many forms.
Apparently there is no set time for how long it needs to have a significant effect. Sometimes removal of hormonal therapy causes shrinkage. But advanced cancer is usually not localized to the prostate, and surgery might not take it all out. At any rate, it is up to your doctor when or if the prostate is small enough for surgery or whatever he/she will do.

In brief: See your doctor.
Hormonal therapy comes in many forms.
Apparently there is no set time for how long it needs to have a significant effect. Sometimes removal of hormonal therapy causes shrinkage. But advanced cancer is usually not localized to the prostate, and surgery might not take it all out. At any rate, it is up to your doctor when or if the prostate is small enough for surgery or whatever he/she will do.
Dr. Joseph Woods
Dr. Joseph Woods
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In brief: "Advanced" Ca P.
How "advanced?" what stage (at diagnosis)? What grade of tumor? Bilateral disease? Peri-neural invasion? What was your starting psa? Is your acid phosphatase level elevated? Was a bone scan/ct pelvis performed? What "hormone" treatment are you receiving? What is your performance status? Co-morbidites? Voiding problems? Bony pain? Too many questions - you need to speak directly with your urolgist.

In brief: "Advanced" Ca P.
How "advanced?" what stage (at diagnosis)? What grade of tumor? Bilateral disease? Peri-neural invasion? What was your starting psa? Is your acid phosphatase level elevated? Was a bone scan/ct pelvis performed? What "hormone" treatment are you receiving? What is your performance status? Co-morbidites? Voiding problems? Bony pain? Too many questions - you need to speak directly with your urolgist.
Dr. Stephen Chinn
Dr. Stephen Chinn
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