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My Dad has agreed to a surgical castration, thank you all!

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Hi it's Sue again. Am glad to say all the information you supplied has worked big time! My dad has agreed to undergo the surgical operation, as soon as his urologist is back from his holiday! I never thought this could happen in a million years, for the old man to change his mind!

Thank you, thank you very much to this support group! Tonight we will sleep ok, this has been the biggest obstacle!

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I went through it and it's better for me than ADT shots for life. Hope all goes well for you and your dad.

Your dad is blessed to have you.. Nothing fun about the choices we face..Stay close to him . God bless

removing his balls right? it doesn't work it is only temporary. hopefully u have google it and asked tons of questions. the balls store the stuff but the adrenal gland makes the stuff read more before u decide


Thank you Charles for the heads up! I think we will still proceed with the removal as his balls make his life a misery all around. At the moment they so swollen that he is in a lot of pain and stopped wearing trousers. If scheduled to go to hospital to get catheter changed, we have to wrap bathsheet around his boxers for his modesty. He also mourns in pain in his sleep, thanks to those infected balls! We will deal with the testosterone as it comes but the balls are our biggest headache! He can't even cycle on the exercise bike as part of physiotherapy because of the pain.

u guys re totally correct in your decision


Not an accurate statement. The adrenals produce some testosterone but the testicles produce most of it.

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FoxySue in reply to WSOPeddie

Glad to hear this! Thanks mate!

Reduction in testosterone is not temporary with surgical castration, it is permanent and that might be a problem for some.

The adrenal glands do produce a small amount of male hormones that will eventually be enough for the cancer to use. However, the majority that comes from the testicles still needs to be turned off, either through chemical or surgical castration.

Go ahead. It cuts T levels significantly. It was the gold standard before ADT. It has the same effect as ADT and it's a one time cost. Nothing to feel bad about. Survival is important here. Who cares if he had his balls taken out. Be happy that your father will live longer with this surgery and that's all that matters.

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FoxySue in reply to Anish_11

Awesome! He used similar words, that he just wants to live and if that is what it takes, so be it!

Something exactly the opposite done at Johns Hopkins, high dose injected testosterone for advanced prostate cancer.

Surprise: High-Dose Testosterone Therapy Helps Some Men ...


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FoxySue in reply to Currumpaw

Just read the information you posted, via link, thank you. Interesting how medical advancement is producing more options of treatment. Sadly for us, that is a luxury we can't choose for dad. Am a Zimbo, living in South Africa, and castration is the financially viable option for us. Me and other half had a moment of comic relief when told that we would have to buy the surgical gloves for the team who would operate on dad in Zimbabwe! Third world problems indeed!

Glad the old man changed his mind; and that you will sleep well tonight. Comic relief! When I seen Zimbo I thought "Oh, no! Not another group of Zombies!" (There are so many.) And these are searching the world for surgical gloves so they can castrate people. Soon to be a 4k, dolby vision netflix series. Hoping all goes well. I am still wondering if a lot of us should be choosing that same path. Really would like to see a discussion here from those who know so much more that I do. Happy, happy New Year to you and yours, and to all.

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j-o-h-n in reply to monte1111

On this forum I once asked what has 16 balls and sings? No one could answer the question, so I had to provide the answer, which is "A Quartet".

Good Luck, Good Health and Good Humor.

j-o-h-n Friday 12/28/2018 4:56 PM EST

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treetown in reply to j-o-h-n

j-o-h-n.… not surprised no one got that answer. Must be a trick question!

Keep smiling, friend!

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j-o-h-n in reply to treetown

Gotcha!!!!!! Think about the answer....Must be a trick question

Good Luck, Good Health and Good Humor.

j-o-h-n Sunday 12/30/2018 12:33 AM EST

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j-o-h-n in reply to treetown

See my private message to you... for your eyes only....

Good Luck, Good Health and Good Humor.

j-o-h-n Sunday 12/30/2018 12:42 AM EST

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FoxySue in reply to monte1111

Lol, thank you, I needed to laugh! We always crunching numbers here.

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