Generally - No. Hormone blockade (hb) can cause many problems but they tend to be time related. The longer on hb the more the problems. Hb often makes pre-existing problem worse or accelerates some problems. Hb itself rarely causes "confusion", more often it can cause depression, fatigue, and emotional changes. Only older men on hb for a very long time tend to have true cognitive dysfunction.
Hormone therapy. It can.
Maybe. Long term therapy with testosterone blocking agents such as lhrh agonist drugs can cause significant fatigue. In patients with high degree of fatigue, mental confusion can be a side effect. Regular light exercise both physical and mental is helpful in many cases.
Unlikely. Unlikely, first other causes like metastasis etc to be considered for mental confusion, before implicating medication.
Yes, rarely. For the most part, the hormone blockade would not cause confusion. The hormone blockers can make any pre-existing condition gradual worse but they are also reversible. That said, after giving this therapy to >1000 men, only once have I seen someone with pre-existing mental disease have serious rapid worsening. This was fixed by stopping the hormone blockers.
Possibly. Hormone therapy for prostate cancer, especially over extended long term can cause significant fatigue. This can lead to some degree of mental confusion. Regular light exercise, both physical and mental can help to combat this.
In some cases. Hormone therapy for prostate cancer, especially over extended long term can cause significant fatigue. This can lead to some degree of mental confusion. Regular light exercise, both physical and mental can help to combat this.
It can. Androgen deprivation therapy (adt), or hormonal therapy for prostate cancer, seeks to eliminate androgens like testosterone which can be fuel for prostate cancer cells. Eliminating these hormones can have a major effect on sexual function, such as decreased libido and erectile dysfunction.
I want to know for how long should I take hormone therapy for prostate cancer after taking radio therapy?
Discuss w urologist. No advice can be given without knowing stage & grade (requires result of prostate biopsy) of your prostate cancer. Was there any consideration of surgery before radiation? . What kind of hormone therapy are you receiving, estrogenic or anti-androgen? . Has there been consideration of castration surgery. Best advice is from a uro-oncologist.
Prostate. That's something your urologist must answer. Hope all goes well for the next 50 years!
Talk with your. Medical oncologist. As this determination is best made based on understanding your entire prostate cancer picture.
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.
In select cases. Hormonal therapy is effective and often used exclusively or in combination with other modalities, depending on grade and stage of prostate cancer.
It depends. First we need mor einformation: is this question for you or someone else? How old is the pperson in your question. Testes are temporarily suppressed if you take reversible hormonal therapy like with the GNRH agonist injections.
Having advanced prostate cancer and on hormone therapy. How long a wait till tumor shrinks to a workable size does 8 months sound?
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.
"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.
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.
Sometimes. Hormone therapy may be used temporarily in conjunction with radiation therapy for intermediate and high risk prostate cancer. In addition it may be used in cases of more advanced cancers for palliative reasons. Most prostate cancers are hormone sensitive but may "escape" these effects during cases of long term use.
Possibly. A hormonal related medication called a gnrh analog or Lupron (leuprolide) is use with prostate cancer.
Sometimes. If there is metastatic disease or trying to shrink the prostate down prior to radiation. We use a medication called a lhrh agonist. One of the ones we used is called zoladex (goserelin). It blocks the hormone testosterone.
Tradeoffs. Hormone therapy as it is called is actually the process of reducing male hormone levels either chemically or surgically. It is highly effective as a means of controlling prostate cancer, but long term use can cause reduced bone mass, weight gain and possibly cardiovascular side effects. Without the therapy however, there would very likely be more severe possibly lethal prostate cancer issues.