I was recently diagnosed with prostate cancer, Gleason 4+4=8, Biopsy in 1 out of 12 sectors, no spread of cancer into lymph or abdomen, no bone cancer. Prognosis is low dose radiation with 3 months ADT prior and 18-36 months ADT thereafter. My girlfriend is not keen on the ADT-thinks it will turn me into a raging maniac. Any feedback would be appreciated.
ADT side effects: I was recently... - Advanced Prostate...
Advanced Prostate Cancer
I have never heard of anyone falling on the and frothing at the mouth.
Since I was diagnosed in February, it has been my naïve understanding that ADT was generic, like buying propane. I was not aware of the multiplicity of Pharmacopeia to reduce testosterone pre radiation therapy, and perhaps pre surgery. I would like to shrink my prostate and get it out of my bladder before I start blasting it with high frequency sound or radiation. Any suggestions?
If you have not been on any ADT drugs, I would recommend casodex pre-surgery. It is an older drug with fewer side effects. If needed after surgery, you can consider zytiga or xtandi.
( falling on floor frothing post part )
Yea .... that’s right ... huh .... but ......... if you do, and I’m not say’in I would, I’d prolly add in some jerky arm and leg motion for effect .... that really spices things up for the crowd in the room. The opportunity for excellence in performance art is often overlooked.
Just say’in 😂😂😂😂
You may get moody, but I wouldn't call it a "raging maniac."
I'm already moody. 😇
You might cry during most movies and develop a taste for chick flicks. Your wife might like the change.
I already cry at movies and like some chick flicks. I also like 700HP muscle cars, fast motorcycles and when I used to "play" with the SEALs, they called me Gorilla.
Practice Bushido ! 😂
I. Rectitude or Justice. ...
II. Courage. ...
III. Benevolence or Mercy. ...
IV. Politeness. ...
V. Honesty and Sincerity. ...
VI. Honor. ...
VII. Loyalty. ...
VIII. Character and Self-Control.
Being polite was easy when young, not so much as I grew older.
This is the test of life in aging and suffering . Not to go out with anger . I will refuse to show regret or anger to anyone now . Life is too short .
You’ve suffered through so much already. I am sorry that your here now. You’ll get good info from others in similar shoes as yours. Hang in there , it’s a bumpy road. Not your first rodeo !🏍💪
Yea ....yea that’s right .... you got it. I resent the implications of “ raging maniac “. Call it what it really is ..... “ seething lunatic “ ( see how much more smooth and apropos this is )....... that’s the real term. Casting aspersions by saying maniac just isn’t right for us type of guys. Sheeeeeeeeeesh .....
Just say’in 😂😂😂😂
OK. Seething lunatic. True confessions, I enjoyed the pleasure of women all my adult life. I expected to maintain this quality of life until my demise. Why has prostate cancer become an epidemic? Two weeks ago, my neighbor came over. He's 74. We had not talked since I was diagnosed. I told him I had prostate cancer. His response: "Me too. Just found out today." What's the probability of that happening. Our communal well was recently upgraded. Makes me wonder if someone dropped carcinogenic solvent into the water. "Better living through chemistry" is a joke. Talk to folks in Kentucky about Teflon.
🎼 lunatic fringe , twilights last gleaming “ ( red rider ).
This PCa crap can drive anyone nuts and destroys families.
Just say’in ❤️❤️❤️
Now you’ll learn to enjoy compassion and pure plutonic love from a woman. You had good run at sex it sounds like to me. With adt the thought will never cross your mind again. Time to start bird watching or others hobbies. I was enamored with the female form since childhood. I still am. Now I’m just in admiration. I was 53 now 60. At least you had it 20 yrs longer than I. Adt sucks and so do all treatments. You’ll be diminished and depleted in many ways. This is when unconditional love counts the most.. This doesn’t mean that we need to stop loving woman. The only reason I’m alive is her . Love saves the day . In any form . Good luck Sir!🌵
I lost my virginity in Paris when I was 16 with a voluptuous Italian woman in her 20's. I am a firm believer in apprenticeship. Looking back, I have regrets. There are women that I was not intimate with for reasons that melted into meaningless as time passes. That said, I've never been a fan of just f*cking. Sex without love, compassion, intimacy is not a meal, just empty calories. I am fortunate to have a woman who appears to truly love me. Wives and girlfriends over the years... some I rejected, others rejected me. I have learned from all of it. My current "wife" is pretty adamant about keeping me alive. I was vegetarian for 50 years. Now I'm vegan, mainly organic, avoid plastic, live in a rural area with good air quality. My vice is motorcycles, an addiction. I still have a lot of living to do. My things to do list is quite full.
Dam fine story. Keep those coming please? She does love you . You will need her love now more than ever . My wife saved me. Like yours , Shes adamant that I do everything in my power to stay with her longer. I owe her this. That’s what APC treatments are about to me. Extending life . This is a terrible fear for our partners. Everything will change with chemical castration. But I feel that you’ll handle it better than I did.
The main side effects of ADT are hot flushes, tiredness, and loss of libido (sex drive). They seem to me to be like the opposite of a raging maniac. The side effects can be countered. Exercise won't restore all of the strength and energy you had before treatment, but it will make a significant difference. If the hot flushes are very bothersome (I got one minute or so of flush each hour), there are drugs that can counter them. If your girlfriend like sex, the libido problem will bother her. You won't likely feel any sexual desire or arousal at all. However, if you force yourself to do what she likes (i.e., oral and manual sex), you may not only satisfy her, but also find yourself getting aroused by her arousal and enjoying sex in the normal way. Once you stop ADT you should make a pretty good return to your pre-ADT state.
There is evidence that ADT improves the odds of success with radiation. It weakens the tumor cells and makes them more vulnerable to radiation. It also helps kill off remaining cells that survived the radiation. Most of the benefits happen for about 6 months of treatment. From then on there is a gradual tailing off of benefit. The benefit after 18 months is likely to be only a tad less than 36 months, and 12 or even 6 months can be done if you really hate the ADT (I don't think I've ever heard from anyone who likes it) It's taking a risk but maybe not a very big risk.
Good luck with whatever you decide to do.
Someone else I know mentioned that ADT should be reserved for after radiation because the cancer cells are more vulnerable when they are replicating. Does that make sense? I started six weeks before my first radiation. I felt like that may have been to stop the cancer while they fit me in
I don't know if it's true that radiation is more effective when the cells are replicating. It may well be true, but I don't think that, even if it is, that ADT should only start after radiation is done. I'm not an expert but here's why I think it's important to use ADT before the radiation starts and while it's in progress, as well as after its end:
First of all, ADT shrinks the prostate gland, making a smaller, easier target for radiation.
Secondly, ADT kills off a lot of cancer cells and weakens others, When the remaining cancer cells are radiated, they are more likely to die than if there is no ADT. That's not to say that radiation alone is ineffective, but clinical trials have demonstrated that for many patients ("intermediate risk" patients may get the most benefit) the rate of cancer recurrence after radiation is measurably and significantly worse for patients who have not had ADT.
Finally, ADT can be given for long periods. There's no reason not to continue the ADT after radiation finishes. We don't have to choose whether to do ADT before, during or after radiation. We can do it at all of those times. ADT after radiation is effective and should be done if a patient matches the profile for it. But that is no reason not to also do it before and during radiation treatment.
I think your radiation oncologist had it right.
For those who haven't read it, the article is about a treatment being developed in Spain in which a cancer killing molecule (docetaxel in this case) is bonded to a tumor seeking antibody, and delivered through the blood stream to cancer all over the body. It's like the Lu-177-PSMA treatment in concept except that docetaxel is used instead of Lu-177, and FOLH1 is targeted instead of PSMA.
If I had to guess I'd guess that it will have a similar impact to Lu-177-PSMA. For people whose cancers have lots of FOLH1 it will be a terrific treatment. For others, not so much. We'll have to see which it is and whether it will find and kill ALL the cancer for at least some patients. But, even if it doesn't, it might still be another arrow in the quiver.
Hi Alan. I am interested in understanding more about the timelines you mention regarding effectiveness of ADT post radiation. My Docs insist I stay on Apalutamide for life. Thanks. Joseph
The timelines I was describing are for radiation of "local" cancer (i.e. cancer confined to the prostate itself or immediately around it) with curative intent. If radiation reaches ALL of the cancer in such a way that no further treatment is needed, then the accompanying ADT is given in order to weaken the cancer and make it more likely to be killed by the radiation.
In your case, with an initial PSA of 171 (as you reported in a previous posting you made), your doctors must have believed that there is no chance that the radiation would kill all the cancer. I bet they have scans to back up that belief. Now their goal is to suppress the cancer you have left, hopefully for the rest of your life. The apalutamide is not being given as an "adjuvant" to weaken tumor cells that will be radiated, but as a treatment of the cancer outside the prostate. The timelines that I described would not apply to your case.
It may be possible to take "vacations" from the ADT and apalutamide, but there is much debate about how safe that is. Some doctors think it's very dangerous. Others think it MAY be safe for certain patients when applied in certain ways. But these would be vacations for limited periods of time, not for very long times and not for men who are likely to respond very badly to them.
I know this is depressing but, hopefully, it will significantly extend your life.
Best of luck.
Deciding what to do...I always feel that I'm getting only part of the answer whenever I talk to a urologist or an oncologist. I've been healthy and active all my life until I was run over by a truck 6 years ago. Since then, its been a slippery slope. Last week I learned that low dose radiation scars the prostrate making removal difficult to improbable. Surgery doesn't seem to be a viable solution either. I'm considering an alternative protocol:1. ADT something for a month to shut down the cancer. Gleason 4+4=8 diagnosed in February, with cancer in 1 of 12 sectors/ biopsy. PSA 12.2 as of last week.
2. Start drinking Asea. With a background in science and law, I understand the redox equation. At issue is how does Asea stabilize Nano particles to have a shelf life. There are a number of think tank/research centers around the globe looking into Nano particle redox therapy for cancer treatment. It is an outlier, much like what Pfizer did with COVID vaccine.
3. Undergo HIFU with IV vitamin pack thereafter. A high school classmate, patent lawyer cured Melanoma with High dosage IV vitamin C.
4. Lots of Acupuncture/Chiro/ Exercise/ meditation and gratitude.
I looked into CyberKnife and the Oncologists who perform it in Phoenix were doubtful it would be effective as my BPH is protruding up into my bladder. HIFU may not work for the same reason, but it seems to have less side effects than low dose radiation.
One oncologist indicated that he uses HIFU if low dose radiation fails, but has no history with doing HIFU first.
After that, and based on this website, it seems "Wisdom is acceptance."
I also have glaucoma that cannot be cured. Ergo, the solution is to die before going blind.
Seems prostate cancer treatment has the same objective.
I restore vintage motorcycles as a hobby. Typically, I do frame off restorations but with cancer, I'm beginning to look at what works that I can ride the bike with imperfections. The Japanese call it- Wabi Sabi.
I think URos and oncos have different views. A Uro makes the big money by surgery . I wasn’t a candidate for sugery. Mine was pissed and told us so. “I can’t make any money off of you”! Welcome to mod med. My wife was horrified.
If I were confronted with all the treatment options you are considering, I wouldn't try to make a choice between them. What I'd do instead is try to find the best expert doctor I could find, a man or woman with deep knowledge of science and medicine, deep experience treating patients, and deep commitment to taking care of patients, and I'd listen hard to what he or she says.
One way to find people like that is to look at the U.S. National Cancer Institute's list of "Designated Cancer Centers". These are hospitals, mostly associated with universities, that have done the best research and have the best records of treatments. See:
People on this forum may also have recommendations for good docs who work near you.
Your knowledge of cancer biology and treatment may not be any better than my knowledge of motorcycle engine repair (well . . . maybe it's better than that.) Getting real expert help can make a big difference in your odds of success.
Best of luck.Alan
[Hmmm. Maybe you could help me figure out why my old Homelite string trimmer won't start.]
You are facing what so many do, but realize this (as so many don't): the side effects of ADT are not just related to the loss of T, but to the loss of E2 (estrogen) that results as a consequence.
So two possible approaches are, 1) do ADT with high-dose transdermal E2 alone, or 2) do standard ADT but do an add-back of E2 with a low-dose delivery. Of course, you still want to add the weight-bearing exercise as well, because E2 will not preserve muscle mass.
Thank you. Losing T affects a bunch of systems, not just libido and erectile entertainment. I used to be 220 - 240 and easily benched between 225 and 315. After getting hit and run over by a truck 6 years ago, I dropped down to 180 from MRSA. I still can't do a push up. Can't afford to lose anymore muscle mass. This whole ADT thing is a complex equation but every urologist/ oncologist tells me to get on it STAT to put the cancer in a coma.
Maniac no. Dickless wonder yes
How old are you and how long do you want to live? You don't have radiation listed with no ADT as a possibility. Why not?
I'm 70. My girlfriend is 46. She'd like me around another 30 years. I am expecting at least 15.
Keep in mind about 5 of those years, or a third, will be involved with ADT side effects. The two to three that you take it-I promise you won’t like it at all, but its tolerable, barely-and the two to three years trying to get your T back. Plus Loss of muscle, loss of bone, gain of fat. Thinning hair, dental work, etc. possible heart problems. Testosterone may or may not return.
I was a competitive elite endurance athlete in the sweet spot of my adult life and then took up body building in my 40s. I still swam open ocean swims up to 3 miles into my 60s. However, I was hit and run over by a truck in 2014. Months in the hospital. Years in rehabilitation and recovery- still recovering. I suffered loss of muscle mass, bone density, hair issues, skin issues, dental issues, nerve issues, lost my gall bladder, and almost lost a kidney, a lung, and my left leg. I contracted MRSA in my flesh and bones to require a pic dripping vancomycin into my aorta.
Disconcerting to hear that testosterone may not return.
Thanks for the reality check. My appointment with my urologist yesterday was a cruel reality: Current proven science of western medicine is to cut off your balls either physically or chemically to prevent the spread of prostate cancer. And then fry you with radiation. In 100 years, maybe less, that will sound as foolhardy as bloodletting does to us.
Agreed, completely. But doctors look at it differently. Survival is their goal. I saw a man at Mayo the other day that reminded me what may be in my future if permanent ADT is in my cards. He was extremely skinny except for his huge belly. The doctors will throw in, as an enticement for you…”while we wait for the cure to come”.
We don't all have the same reaction to ADT. I am and have been an avid bicyclist. I have had the physical SEs and loss of libido. I have had no fatique and no hot flashes. Nothing has made a big impact on my life. I have maintained a certain level of fitness and June may be my last Lupron inj and October my last Zytiga, should all things remain as they are.
My tumor was protruding into or growing into my bladder. After radiation I am up less than I was prior to it. Not sure what the future holds, one day a t a time.
I was one of the crazy guys who came up with the Ironman and was still doing triathelons into my late 50s. Then I get hit and run over by a truck while stopped on a motorcycle. That ended my competition. Its taken six years to recover, 13 surgeries. The cancer is a by product. So after your radiation, your not getting up to go to the bathroom 4-6 times a night, your PSA is 0 and all plumbing is working?
Most nights bed around 10-11 up to pee around 5:30 or 6. If I have a beer or drink a lot of water late I may get up around 3. Prior to radiation 2 times for sure, during radiation 4-6 per night.
That sounds like a real comeback story. How are you doing now after the 13 operations other than the reason your on this forum obviously.
When I was run over and in full time rehab/therapy, I encountered others who were paraplegic from similar rear end accidents. In comparison to being confined to a nursing home and a wheelchair, I'm doing great. To look at me, I do not look like I was in an accident. Before and after photos are telling however. My muscle mass and bone density are way down. My shoulders are shot, so is my lower back. My toes curled making it hard to walk. I was swimming until COVID. Just got back in the water last week. I can walk, but cannot run. I have shortness of breath walking up inclines-BUT- that may be because I'm working/spending too much time in front of a computer. It is/was my ambition to get back in training for a triathlon. My girlfriend gives me articles of guys running races who are 100+ years old. I need rotator cuff surgery. Need to strategize...
Thats a lot going on to have PC added to the mix. I wish you the best results in all you do whatever direction you head.
I'm also involved in a property rights dispute with a town outside Phoenix for the last 20 years. Upside is 9 figures. Award of damages in the next two years...or settle for less with certainty w/o further appeals.
Wow, sounds like a lot of stress.
It was my life savings. I took peanuts/poverty of social security at 62 to work full time on litigation. Full time means 80-100 hours a week where judges may or may not read what you write. I taught my wife law to help me work full time as well. She has never experienced stress like this. I have-been shot at, played cat and mouse with the KGB back in the 80's... but that's whole different kind of stress. 3 weeks of boredom then 90 seconds of crazy. This is under the thumb of stress 24/7. We just finished two Opening Briefs so I have a bit of time to talk/write/reminisce. Another brief is due at the Ninth Circuit in July...so if I vanish, you know why.
Vanish ? I hope you get a satisfactory resolve to your troubles. Heading out for a dexa scan myself. No symptoms I just want a baseline and to see how the bones look after 1.5 yrs on ADT.
ADT, in the form of Lupron or some derivative really is chemical castration. Your junk shrivels up to all but useless. Lots of exercise helps some other side effects. At 70 well just deal with it as you rediscover more inventive ways to interact with your partner than just falling asleep.Join a local support group so you can personally interact with others at the same treatment point.
My tongue and fingers still work. 👍
Loss of libido
Means literally you won’t have desire. It’s a hell of a loss .😳✌️
I'm looking into other solutions than adt
In MY case the SOC was a choice of one treatment. ADT, in the form of Lupron. Otherwise my first MO said go home, get your things in order, and review hospice. That was 2018, PSA at 1303 and climbing a point a day. Fully metastasized throughout my entire skeleton.
For ME ADT has significantly extended my life while giving me some nasty side effects. Alternatively I wouldn't be responding to your post.
I was diagnosed with PC Gleason 8 some twelve years ago, and treated with radiation, combined with ADT.I had Casodex 150 prior to radiation, which was then reduced to Casodex 50 after radiation, but was continued only for app. 3 months after radiation, probably because of good results with PSA level, and less experience compared to now, 12 years after.
I had recurrent PC detected in 2019, and has basically been on ADT ever since.
My recommendation to you:
- I think the results of my initial treatment 12 years ago was good, only error was too short time on ADT after the radiation. This should probably have been 12-24 months, to kill cells in any undetected area.
- My ADT has been focused on Casodex all the time, with good results. Obviously, side effects with Casodex 150 are stronger than Casodex 50, therefor I recommend to reduce to Casodex 50 soonest possible, say around 6 months after radiation.
Be sure to combine the Casodex with 10 mg Tamoxifen, otherwise you will have severe breast tensions, and consequently end up with A-size breasts.
Does it kill them or make them adapt into something more resistant. Thats my question
Good question! I don’t think there is one answer only.My recommendation to secure a 12-24 months ADT after radiation, is to increase the chance of this.
It didn’t work for me, which could be because my period of ADT after radiation was too short?
It all off course also depends on whether the PC is isolated and treated in the Prostate. If it has already spread outside, but not detectable at the time of radiation, the risk of recurrent PC is obviously higher.
I am not an expert, I only talk as a PC patient, but basically I would say the ADT at lowest acceptable level has worked pretty well for me. It has not cured my PC, but it had kept it at a controllable level.
Its like when I had a bcr after Tulsa-Pro. I asked the urologist if i made a mistake and he said it probably didn’t matter what treatment i used. Some of us just have to keep after it and then eventually it kills us
Thanks for the heads up about a longer ADT run.
> Does it kill them (i.e., cancer cells) or make them adapt into something more resistant?
I'm not an expert and I could be wrong but my understanding is that the answer to your questions is:
Yes, it kills many tumor cells.
Yes, it makes the remaining tumor population more resistant.
Here's what I think is happening:
After ADT, various types of scans show that tumors have shrunk. In most metastatic men, places that were painful and that showed bulky tumors on scans now are less painful or not painful at all, and show up smaller or not at all on new scans. That indicates that many tumor cells have died. For most men, PSA drops significantly on ADT and may become undetectable. That also suggests that tumor cells have been killed. If and when PSA begins to grow again, it grows over time, not all at once. A man with a PSA of 100 that drops to 0.1 on ADT will, if he stops the ADT, not suddenly increase to 100 again. His PSA increases gradually, to 0.2, 0.3, etc. That too indicates to me that the recurrence of the cancer is due to a gradual regrowth of new cancer cells, not to a sudden re-awakening of cells that were merely put to sleep by ADT.
However the new population of cancer cells after the ADT stops killing tumor cells is more resistant. The reason for that is simply that the cells that are resistant to ADT are the ones that survived it. They are the cells that are still dividing and multiplying. The others were already killed off. Cancer cells, much more than healthy cells, have DNA repair and other defects that increase, sometimes greatly increase, the number of random mutations when cells divide. Some of those random mutations contribute to the ability of the cells to survive the loss of testosterone and so result in resistance to ADT. They dominate the new, resurgent, cancer. These mutations have been happening even before the ADT treatment, but they never came to dominate the tumor cell population because there was no ADT killing the tumor cells and leaving ADT resistant cells as the only remaining population.
Is this a reason to not undergo ADT? I don't think it is, unless you want to get the benefits of ADT later rather than earlier. If you never have ADT, what would it matter if you never develop resistance to it?
The same process occurs with all of the other treatments too. Unless and until our scientists find a treatment or treatment combination that kills ALL of the tumor cells, each of the other treatments will also result in treatment resistant cells being left alive to reproduce and become the dominant type of cancer.
Makes sense. Its also why I wonder why the big push to use ADT early rather than later. Kind of a pay me now or pay me later Hobsian choice
> I wonder why the big push to use ADT early rather than later.
An excellent question.
20 years ago, it was thought that men should wait and only start ADT when symptoms developed. The idea was that ADT had a limited effect and we might as well save it for when we were in real trouble and seemed to need it most. The same thinking was applied to other treatments. Zytiga, Xtandi, Taxotere all have limited effects. Let's get all the benefit we can from ADT, then apply one of the newer treatments, rather than waste the newer treatment by applying it when ADT was still working.
However, after that, empirical studies showed that both those ideas were wrong. On average, ADT is actually more effective earlier than later. Men who took it earlier actually lived longer than men who waited and took it later. For some patients (not all) combination treatments (e.g., ADT + Taxotere) taken early also enable men to live longer than if they took one after the other, waiting until the first one failed.
I'm not a scientist but my understanding of what is going on is that, the larger the population of cancer cells, the larger the number of mutations occur. It's not necessarily the case that the rate of mutation is higher, but the number is. If treatment resistance mutations occur once per 100,000 cell divisions (I'm just making up the numbers here), then a population of 10 million cells will produce one thousand times more treatment resistance mutations than 10 thousand cells in the same period of time. So if ADT, or a combination of ADT + another treatment, can drive down the population further in a patient treated earlier, it takes more total time for that patient to develop resistance. In the case of the combination treatments, an additional factor is that some combinations of treatments may kill many cells that neither treatment alone will kill, driving down the tumor population further. Also, for some types of treatment, when resistance to ADT develops, it will confer resistance to some similar treatments as well, so the secondary treatment will be less effective than it would be if it were taken at the beginning along with the ADT
Unfortunately, not all treatments work especially well together and, as we add more treatments to the mix, the combination of side effects can be severely toxic.
Was your Gleason 4+4, 5+3, or 3+5? My oncologist recommends ADT for at least 18 months, preferably up to 36 months, but has not specified the brand of ADT. I'm meeting with my urologist today as he administers the shot. And here's the catch- is the Doctor recommending a certain brand of of ADT because he gets a kick back, or because its the best chemical to put in my body? I'm in Tucson. There also appears to be a referral system between urologists and oncologists... capitalism in medicine has "side effects."
My Gleason was 4+4. 18 to 36 months on ADT sounds good. As recommended, get down to 50 mg doses as quick as possible, and monitor PSA on a regular basis, say every 3 months. Value of PSA should be an important factor in deciding the final duration of ADT.
Tucson wtf? My ol stomping grounds. I’ve got the best naturalpathic oncologist in Tucson Dr Michael Uzick on Campbell ave. I ve gone to the u of A cancer center over six years now. Now banner Corp.
Yep. Tucson, but no one does HIFU in Tucson, so I spent all day in Phoenix yesterday finding Urologists who perform HIFU. HIFU does work for Gleason 8 but it requires shrinking the prostate first. It seems I have a urethra stricture that has been misdiagnosed since the accident in 2014/ not diagnosed at all!
You might like to look at this from the National Library of Medicine, where the conclusion evidently is ADT is of no benefit. pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/292...
Good luck with whatever you decide.
Thanks! I'm looking at HIFU first, then IMRT, not EBRT. I appreciate the research paper. We've got to remember there was a time, that the accepted solution for curing illness was leeches removing "bad blood." Hormones affect much more than just what doctors are looking to accomplish in slowing down cancer.
HIFU is generally not recommended for Gleason 8. Feel free to ask other guys in the group but I'm pretty sure you're wasting time and money. You're better off just doing ADT and nothing else.
You realize this is specifically for Patients With High-risk Prostate Cancer Receiving Combined External Beam Radiation Therapy and Brachytherapy right?
Yes, I realise that, however there are numerous researc papers I have read, that say it's injurious to your health. Indeed, only yesterday, my oncologist told me I could have radiotherapy without the hormone tablets. She was hesitant to say hormone tablets would make a difference.
Good luck with your treatments. Too late for me I had it all.
Don't give up, you can defeat this disease if you try. Google to story of Guy Tenenbaum and how he defeated cancer. It's difficult but not impossible.
ADT has so many side effects to your quality of life key word there is" Life" it is the standard of care for almost all of us so join the club. I was already a raging maniac so can't blame the meds. It will definitely be a life changing experience.
I can be a raging maniac. I do not suffer fools gladly. I have no patience to be politically correct when dealing with blatant stupidity, lack of common sense, the list continues. In the 50's and 60's, this used to be the sign of a good teacher, or parent. Now, we all have to get along in the sand box. Pathetic.
I would try to avoid ADT if I was you. At 70 , do a blood test to see what your T level is. I causes Bone mineral density and muscle mass loss, as well as complete loss of sex drive. If your T is already low, what do you really gain with ADT?
Sorry if it sounds contrarian, just my thoughts.
She should worry more about your probable complete disinterest in and inability to have sex!
She is, so am I. She's 46 and very attractive, petite. I'm 70.
If you’re high strung already she could be correct. I raged three years on my newlywed bride. The partners get the brunt of it . You are the same as I . 4+4 =8 gl. No metes no bones involvement. You need adt with Rt to put it down . No man wants this. It is choosing life over ego . Sorry you’re here. You will find out everything and more than you need to know . I had a reverse hormonal rage . I didn’t give up the ship of my manhood easily. I hope that you don’t fight yourself like I did. I don’t see you avoiding adt if you want to survive this for long. I was more complicated than you are . Imrt and adt have kept me six years under the radar ... Good luck ..
How long were you on adt? My oncologist would like me to be on adt for 18 to 36 months.
Thinking of 18-36 months as a short time is not right. This is the best years of the life you have left. The effects of ADT is like a 100lb anvil dropping in on you. 6 months is long enough. The effects come on fast, and it will take years to fade away. Meaning it will take years for T to approach what it used to be.
Others have mentioned, Estrogen based treatment, think of that, do everything to avoid ADT
I don't know about all the other men but in addition to sex with another person was sex with myself. Masturbation has been my go-to since I was twelve. Even after my prostate was removed and the ejaculation function no more I was still able to rub one out. Dry orgasm is what it's called. But a year of ADT made even that impossible. My last 3 month ADT injection was last September and still nothing. My PSA is now undetectable but so is any hint of life down there as the testosterone has remained <6. It was 427 prior to surgery. I also had 37 sessions of pelvic radiation. And don't get me started on the shrinkage...
BTW did you say you were hit by a truck? Also please tell us about yourself (don't be shy)....
Good Luck, Good Health and Good Humor.
j-o-h-n Monday 05/17/2021 9:45 PM DST
Yes. I was hit and run over by a truck. And that is why I have prostate cancer.Pelvic trauma, lead to prostatitis which went untreated, lead to prostate cancer.
2005-2008 study in San Francisco confirms.
But that is not the story. It's an open book hiding in plain sight.
Started Lupron in March 2020; some hot flushes, but manageable. My personality has not changed since then - although I am moved to tears when I read some of the messages in this forum. Perhaps it would have happened before my treatment, but I'll never know now.
I still don's cry watching chicks' flicks. In fact, I am still not inclined to watch them. I truly believe that exercise helps a lot while on Lupron. I have kept my weight at 167 - 170 lbs, still lifting at at the same rate or better than before ADT, no loss of muscle, but no gain either. Erections still happen; no Cialis yet - but I'll take a daily minimal the moment things get worse.
I got ten months to go, I so I don't want to jinx myself at this point.
Best of luck.
One has to do their own QOL vs. OS analysis. With a little “maybe I’ll make it to the cure” thrown in.
“ send in the clowns” Singing in the rain brother.
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