Met with my oncologist yesterday. I told him I’d decided the Lupron was failing and that’s why I was freaking out. Strictly speaking I need one more month of an increased PSA for it to officially fail, but I’m convinced that will happen. He mentioned that his next recommended treatment would be Zytiga, which stops all testosterone production, including from the adrenal gland and the cancer itself. I was kind of expecting him to say the Lupron hasn’t officially failed so let’s stay with it. I asked him point blank if he thought the lupron was failing. He dodged the question and said let’s wait two weeks and make a decision then about what to take next, but he penciled in Lupron.
The other thing that came up was my anxiety which is also causing back spasms and insomnia. I met with my GP about a week and a half ago. He said the back spasms are likely the result of anxiety and one of the meds I’m on. I can’t drop that med so we decided to change the times when I take my drugs. That helped for a couple days and then everything was back to where it was.
The oncologist put me on an anti-anxiety pill regimen and we’ll see how that goes.
As far as how I’m doing, the truth is not very well. The anxiety and the back spasms are driving me crazy, mostly the back spams. My back clenches and releases roughly in time with my breathing. It starts about 4-5 in the afternoon and usually lasts until 10-12 in the evening. I’m hoping the new pill will help.
Next meeting is in two weeks with the oncologist to decide what treatment path is next.
I’ve heard great things about Zytiga, so it’s worth following up. Sadly, I don’t know if it will help with the other issues you’re having. Hang in there. Hope the new pills work.
Zytiga is getting good reviews. It extends life about 3-4 months on average. I’ll take it.
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Oh man, anxiety is just so all encompassing and relentless……. And the Hobson’s choice of staying on the med you need…… I wish I had a magic wand to wave so that you wouldn’t have suffering on top of suffering.
All I can do is continue to send you and your wife good thoughts and that the pill will help. It sure doesn’t sound like much, but there is a grumpy redhead on the West Coast that manages to pull her head out of her butt long enough to think of you and wish you peace.
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