Recent Blog Articles

Harvard Health Blog

Intermittent hormone therapy for prostate cancer

March 10, 2009

Disclaimer:

As a service to our readers, Harvard Health Publishing provides access to our library of archived content. Please note the date of last review or update on all articles. No content on this site, regardless of date, should ever be used as a substitute for direct medical advice from your doctor or other qualified clinician.

Comments

Jack
June 18, 2018

Any trials I can consider?
Started Lupron 2 months ago
PSA down to 3.7 from 18.
Haven’t started any other treatment yet
Have locally advanced pc w Gleason 8
Only in bladder neck
N seminal vessels according to tests done.
Really interested in delaying second injection until evidence of PSA rising.

Joseph hesslink
April 18, 2017

Start date of IHT is April 18th 2017 took my last injection three months ago of Lupron which was a 3-month cycle PSA is 0.1 Gleason score of 8 y3a m1 n1 IMRT 45 days Was on Lupron for 30 months

Jeff Bedard
March 31, 2017

Diagnosed in 2007, 21 psa, 4+3 Gleason 7. Radical prostectomy Oct 2007, psa 2.3 then 2.8, radiation and hormonal treatment April 2009. Psa undetectable until August 2011. Slow rise to 2015 then 13.8 restarted hormonal treatment until March 2016. Psa lowered now March 2017 psa at 1.5. Been 10 years now still going strong.

Jeff Bedard
March 31, 2017

Was diagnosed at age 43

Oscar
March 07, 2017

Radical prostatectomy, Gleaston 4+3 pT2c. After 27 months, PSA 0.18. Radiation therapy PSA 0.09. After 27 month PSA 8.68 (biochemical recurrence).Now on hormone therapy with DEGARELIX (240,80, 80 injection), three month and PSA lower than 0.03. (PET-TC normal).

QUESTION, TAKING ACCOUNT THE ABOVE, THE USE OF “DEGARELIX”, THE SURVIVAL AND QUALITY OF LIFE, WHAT TO DO:
1) CONTINUOUS TREATMENT (CAD-CHT) OR
2) INTERMITTENT TREATMENT (IAD-IHT)
A) HOW LONG ON DEGARELIX, AND
B) HOW LONG OFF DEGARELIX (ON TREATMENT HOLYDAYS)

Waiting your answer assap, with thousands tks.
Sincerely
Oscar

Darcy
February 02, 2017

More recent results and thinking would very useful. I am on IHT and am a couple of years in. Any new information would be great!

n.ananda eswaran
January 22, 2017

this article is highly practically useful in self assessing about the prostate cancer and gives confidence to challenge the disease. it will still more useful if the latest results of the trials conducted after phase III are published for guidance.

John Dewez
October 03, 2016

Any new results on IHT I can read? 2016 data would be nice.

Commenting has been closed for this post.