Re: Cancer recurrence after 9 yers
It may be that some cells had escaped the prostate before you ever had the radiation and were lying in wait somewhere else all that time. It may still be too small to be detectable on a bone scan. Or it may be hidden in an hypoxic area of the prostate that wasn't biopsied. There's a newly approved C11-Choline PET/CT scan at the Mayo Clinic that may be able to locate it, but you'd have to come off hormone therapy and let your PSA increase again before it could be used. You might want to give Dr. Eugene Kwan's office a call in Rochester, MN to ask about it.
Tamoxifen seems to be the best cure for the gynecomastia (better than radiation or other anti-estrogens). You can ask your oncologist if it's OK to take with Lupron -- he might want to switch you to Firmagon.
Several guys in my PC support group swear by acupuncture for hot flashes. It seems to stop the runaway thermoregulatory process in the brain.
Last edited by Tall Allen; 09-28-2012 at 02:00 PM.
Reason: added hot flash remedy