Re: pain in the pelvic area
Hi Roger Ali
I have no experience in hormone treatments, but I have been researching a lot about hormonal therapy (this will be my next treatment), and the drugs used in the treatment as well as their side effects and methods of application.
Both Androcur (cyproterone acetate) and Casodex are anti-androgens. They are used to block receptors of prostate cells from receiving testosterone. Nevertheless, they work differently. After a long period of use these drugs lose its full effect so their function requires additional drugs called LHRH agonist.
Using anti androgens is one way for stopping testosterone from reaching the prostate cells. Estrogens (female hormones) and LHRH agonists are also used for the same principle but with different side effects. You are not yet at the end of the treatment. Still many years to go.
All drugs cause powerfull side effects which must be monitored constantly. Androcur is also in some cases connected to liver problems that can cause nausea and vomiting, severe abdominal pain, loss of appetite or unusually dark urine. There are medicines to control almost all side effects.
I recommend you to inform your doctor about all the discomfort you are experiencing. He will give you all what is required to control the effects.
You can (and should) consult another specialist for a second opinion (oncologist better). To do so, prepare a list of questions (no matter if they look strange) and take them together with your past tests results, etc., when visiting the doctor. You can find detailed information regarding all drugs used in hormonal therapy in the net.
Wishing you the best