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Fighting Prostate Cancer – Back on the pain train

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I have been in remission for the best part of a year but the party might be over.

In February, my psa reading had jumped from 0.8 to 3.0.  Now whilst that is still in the normal range, it is definately on the rise.  In an effort to contain it, I am back on the girly pills known as Andocur or Cyprostat – and are they causing me hell.

A known steroidal anti-androgen (i.e. it slows the production of testosterone), these  hormones aggravate the bone cancer sites and cause a lot of pain.  They also rob you of energy and sleep with other side effects like ringing in the ears and a flushed feeling in the face – and I am leaking urine again.

On my last visit to the Urologist, we established that I had reacted badly to the LHRH hormone therapy (Zoladex) which was ultimately responsible for me becoming addicted to morphine and the subsequent detoxification I was subjected to.

Now, I am in quite a quandary.  If I submit to the hormone therapy that lowered my psa, I am looking at repeating the misery I reported last year.  If I don’t, I risk the psa rising out of control bringing on the continued growth of the prostate cancer.  The other option is surgical castration.


Written by Greg Naylor

19 February 2010 at 3:11 pm

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  1. The other option is surgical castration

    If you have that done, Greg, I suggest you donate them to the Collingwood FC. They’re a bit light on for balls.

    Hang in there.

    Ray Dixon

    20 February 2010 at 11:45 pm

    • If Collingwood have no balls, it doesn’t say much for St Kilda’s one point win – and may I say – with the help of the umpires

      Greg Naylor

      21 February 2010 at 10:15 am

      • Greg, one of the joys of beating Collingwood is to do it when you should have lost. And for them to be in front and thinking they’re going to win with just 30 seconds left makes it all the more sweeter.

        Ray Dixon

        21 February 2010 at 1:37 pm

        • It is unimportant who won that game. What we actually found out was that they will both be there in the finals – again.

          Greg Naylor

          21 February 2010 at 1:44 pm

  2. For heaven’s sake Greg, It is only 3!!!!! Why in heavens name would you start more treatment when you are STILL in remission and STILL in NORMAL RANGE.
    Sorry about the yelling, but you are dropping your bundle before you need to. If it gets over 50 then worry and NOT before. Heavens, if I went for treatment every time I had a little lump come up, I would have to shield myself from Mosquitoes. Depression is not an option, remember.


    22 February 2010 at 9:43 am

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