FAQS FOR PATIENTS
Frequently Asked Questions
FAQS FOR PATIENTS
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Here you’ll find answers to some of your most common questions about LUPRON DEPOT and treatment. Use your doctor visits as an opportunity to voice your concerns or questions you may have.
ABOUT PROSTATE CANCER
Advanced prostate cancer is when the prostate cancer spreads beyond the prostate to other areas of the body, or returns after treatment.
The American Cancer Society recommends that, beginning at age 50, men who are at average risk of prostate cancer and have a life expectancy of at least 10 years receive information about the potential benefits and known limitations associated with testing for early prostate cancer detection and have an opportunity to make an informed decision about testing.
Of men who are diagnosed with prostate cancer, 8% are diagnosed with distant prostate cancer.
Prostate cancer is more common in Black American men compared with White American men, and the death rate from prostate cancer in Black American men is twice as high. This has led to recommendations that Black American men be given information about prostate cancer screening so they can have discussions with their doctors at an earlier age than other men (45 vs 50 years old).
Testosterone, a key hormone in men, is part of the normal growth and function of the prostate gland. The testicles produce most of a man’s testosterone, although small amounts are also produced by the adrenal glands.
Testosterone is a concern for those diagnosed with prostate cancer. Testosterone can help certain prostate cancer cells multiply. As a result, as long as the body produces testosterone, prostate cancer will most likely continue to grow and possibly spread.
PSA is the abbreviation for prostate-specific antigen, a protein made by the prostate gland. A PSA test measures the level of PSA in the bloodstream, and the results are used to help identify disorders of the prostate, including prostate cancer.
ABOUT LUPRON DEPOT
LUPRON DEPOT works by lowering your testosterone levels to slow the growth of prostate cancer cells.
Remember, to get the most from your LUPRON DEPOT therapy, it is important for you to continue your treatments for as long as your doctor recommends.
LUPRON DEPOT is administered as an intramuscular injection by a healthcare professional at your doctor’s office. Your doctor will determine the most appropriate injection site for you.
The most common side effects of LUPRON DEPOT include hot flashes or sweats; injection-site reactions or pain; general pain; swelling; testicular shrinkage; difficulty urinating; fatigue or weakness; headache; and joint, gastrointestinal (GI), and respiratory problems. For more information, talk with your healthcare provider.
You should also know that LUPRON DEPOT may cause impotence and infertility. You should notify your doctor if you develop any new or worsening symptoms after beginning LUPRON DEPOT treatment.
GETTING STARTED WITH LUPRON DEPOT
LUPRON DEPOT offers multiple dosing options, so you and your physician can work together to choose the right dose for you based on your individual treatment needs.
Each dose of LUPRON DEPOT works to suppress testosterone during your treatment period, so it’s important that you keep each scheduled visit so your physician can monitor how well your treatment is working.
With that in mind, over the course of your treatment, your doctor may choose to change your dosage frequency to align with your treatment needs.
You can get the most out of your treatment experience by keeping a few key practices in mind:
- Get informed and actively participate in your treatment plan
- Keep an open dialogue with your doctor and speak freely about your symptoms
- Ask questions and get the answers you need
- Keep track of your progress—monitor achievements and setbacks
- Set yourself up for success by eating healthy and staying active per your doctor’s instructions
You can find out more about support communities by doing a simple web search on the internet.
Support communities can come in many different forms. There are in-person support communities, online communities and organizations that provide prostate cancer information and resources, and social media platforms that have pages and groups dedicated to discussing shared experiences with prostate cancer.