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Need expert advice on effects of orchidectomy and lhrh agonist drugs on prostate cancer?
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In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Matthew Thom
Dr. Matthew Thom
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Dr. Joel Lilly
I agree with Dr. Thom. Don't forget to ask your urologist about intermittent hormonal therapy. Often men can get all the benefit while having periods without the side-effects and cost.
Dr. Steven Ginsberg
Internal Medicine - Hematology & Oncology
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In brief: Narrow query scope
Hello hxmm3r. Your question is very broad and would be difficult to answer in this forum. Do you have specific issues you would like clarified?

In brief: Narrow query scope
Hello hxmm3r. Your question is very broad and would be difficult to answer in this forum. Do you have specific issues you would like clarified?
Dr. Steven Ginsberg
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In brief: Same
Neither one cures prostate cancer but either choice relieves bone pain (caused by metastases)and may prolong survival.
LHRH agonists can be given every month or every 3 or 4 months of under the skin once a year and are give by injection or implanted under the skin.Obviously orchiectomy is once and it's done,also less expensive.Hope this answers your question for your loved on(since you are 36)

In brief: Same
Neither one cures prostate cancer but either choice relieves bone pain (caused by metastases)and may prolong survival.
LHRH agonists can be given every month or every 3 or 4 months of under the skin once a year and are give by injection or implanted under the skin.Obviously orchiectomy is once and it's done,also less expensive.Hope this answers your question for your loved on(since you are 36)
Dr. Michael Michaels
Dr. Michael Michaels
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