For those of you that may not know my husband was diagnosed with aggressive prostate cancer this February. We have decided on an equally aggressive three pronged treatment plan and the first phase of this is hormone therapy with a drug called Lupron. This will be started for 2 months prior to and then during two rounds of radiation. The first round of radiation is with radioactive seed implantation in the prostate and then, after 4-6 weeks, he will go through five and a half weeks of IMRT external beam radiation.
He had his first injection of Lupron 3 weeks ago. Each injection lasts 3 months and he will have a total of 2 injections. I will try not to go all biology teacher-y on you guys, but basically Lupron is a LHRH agonist, meaning that it blocks the hormone that stimulates the release of testosterone from the testicles (and the release of estrogen from the ovaries in females, but to my knowledge he has no ovaries, so I think he is cool there. Shut up, G). Therefore, after Lupron administration the testosterone level, which prostate cancer cells need to grow and divide, drops to near zero.Dropping a man's testosterone level to zero can cause a whole host of nasty side effects. Not the least of which is sending him into a menopausal type state. Hotflashes, mood swings, crazed appetite, the whole she-bang.
I am sorry, but I would like to keep the mystery of female hormone swings a bit of a, well, mystery to my husband. I am definitely guilty of pulling the I-am-NOT-a-complete-bitch-it-just-the-hormones-you-however-are-a-complete-asshole-'cuz-I-said-so-and-by-the way-when-was-the-last-time-you-sloughed-the-lining-of-your-uterus?! card at certain times of the month and his getting a little window into the reality of that hell may dilute some its enigmatic power.
The REAL bitch of it is that he is handling it like a champ. He probably won't even gain an ounce.
He says completely rational things like "my appetite is artificially elevated, so I do not need to eat." or "I should step up my exercise since my energy levels are low and I know it improves my mood and overall energy."
Since when do hormones work like that?!
I call, bullshit.
Clearly testosterone is the 98 pound weakling of the hormone world and the little bitch sister of REAL hormones like estrogen and progesterone. (hmm... there is a misogynist metaphor if I ever saw one. My apologies)
If you run out of either of those bad boys you won't be calmly discussing "artificially elevated hunger", or a "suspected increased in impatience."
Now, you all are free to remind me of this snarky ass post about him sailing through hormone therapy problem free, if next week I am writing about coming home to find him wearing my red thong and watching Valerie Bertinelli in a Lifetime movie, but so far so good.
Current score: Mr. RBR 1 Prostate Cancer 0
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