Lupron is generally prescribed in more advanced cases of prostate cancer. Although not a cure, it can be very helpful in preserving life for a time by slowing the disease’s progression.
Lupron and Prostate Cancer: What Patients Need to Know
Some of the 180,000 American men diagnosed with prostate cancer in the coming year may find that
hormone therapy is recommended as a part of a treatment plan in their case. Whether it is used on its
own or in conjunction with other treatments, hormone therapy is meant to slow the development of the
disease by cutting off a vital fuel supply. Lupron is one of the drugs that may be used to help battle
certain forms of prostate cancer.
Lupron is generally prescribed in more advanced cases of prostate cancer. Although not a cure, it can be
very helpful in preserving life for a time by slowing the disease’s progression. The drug works by
lowering the amount of testosterone the body makes, essentially cutting off the growth of cancer cells
in the process. It may also help address symptoms such as painful urination for a time.
Hormone therapy in prostate cancer has been proven to be very beneficial, but the effects do not
generally last indefinitely. Just how long the benefits will present can vary from patient to patient.
Lupron can generate a number of side effects that men need to be aware of. Some of the most common
side effects include redness and burning at the injection site, hot flashes, stomach upsets, a loss of
libido, fatigue and more. Men who experience severe or troublesome side effects should discuss them
with their healthcare providers.
Hormone therapy has been proven to have positive effects on men facing more advanced forms of
prostate cancer. This course of treatment may not be a cure, but it can help men extend life and reduce
symptoms related to cancer in the process. Should Lupron or another hormone therapy be prescribed,
men should discuss the potential benefits and possible side effects with their doctors.
Dr. Echt and his team at the Prostate Seed Institute offer the most highly sophisticated methods of
radiation therapy available in the United States, equal to that found in major medical center and
academic settings. These include prostate seed implantation, high dose radiation implants, and external
beam radiation with image-guided and intensity-modulated (IGRT and IMRT) capabilities.