Stopping Eligard early
I have advanced, aggressive, Gleason 9, Grade 5, Stage 4 prostate cancer. I went through radiation treatments and have been on both Lupron and Eligard for nine months. My PSA did drop to "undetected" after the nine months of shots. The oncologist originally wanted me to take the Leuprolide for eighteen months. Recently, I was hospitalized twice for an unknown virus that activated CMV virus, caused colitis, fever for three weeks and severe dehydration. I was pretty sick. Even shingles was activated because of the stress of all this. I have heart failure and also a blocked artery in my brain stem, both of which are manageable but concerning. Now, the oncologist is suggesting we stop the Leuprolide treatments early as the risks are outweighing the rewards because of the heart failure and the blocked artery and especially after this latest viral episode, which was very stressful physically. I realize I have some issues others may not have, but I would like to ask if anyone has stopped Leuprolide early and what the results were. Can it be re-started if the PSA starts rising again? Would stopping and starting allow testosterone to spread?