I was diagnosed with prostate cancer at the age of 51. I went in for a typical 50 year old check up and 6 months later I was diagnosed with full blown PC. Today marks the 5 year anniversary of the diagnosis. I went to see my Urologist and I am beginning to see the up-tick on my PSA levels after 5 years of hormone therapy. Currently I am researching the new meds such as Provenge and Zytiga as new alternatives. My problem is the extreme cost of this new med technology and the potential to be on it for a long time because of my younger age. I'll get back on the site after my December 2013 medical meeting and update as to if I change my current hormone therapy from Degarelex to another more expensive treatment.
Because of insurance reasons I have had to change my doctor again. I am back on Lupron shots [6mo dosage] and Casodex. My cancer shows itself to be very responsive to this medication. It is now 7 years on this type of treatment. Side effects have really diminished to just a weight gain issue. I exercise to control my weight. We all know that with PC it is a weighting game if we don't catch it at its origin. I'm hoping that new treatments will be developed soon that will actually kill the disease and not just slow it down. The important starting step that my doctor recommended was to do the needle biopsies on my lymph nodes. This proved that the cancer had traveled and sent me on the path of ADT treatments.
2/2/15 just went in for another check up. PSA is at .07. Still showing very low. Doctor did not want to change any treatments. Still on Lupron 4mo dose and Casodex.
On 2/16/16 I saw my urologist for a PSA check. We decided to move my care to an oncologist because it appears that the hormone treatment [Lupron] is becoming ineffective. I'm not sure what the next treatment step may be but will keep the site updated. I'm 8 years into prostate cancer and have only had ADT treatment the whole time.
Having moved on to an oncologist we have started a new treatment of Zytiga. I have seen the PSA increase this past year from .90 to current level of 3.7. The new medication is a result of seeing the PSA begin to climb again.
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