Posted 3/19/2017 3:32 PM (GMT -6)
My apologies about the headline. However, as most of the Veteran Members know, you have to be happy when you get good news.
If you'll review my signature, you'll see I was initially treated with Proton Therapy in 2010 and with Salvage Cryoablation in late 2015. Neither did the job.
I began monthly Degerelix (Firmagon) injections in June 2016 and the PSA began creeping up six months later (December of 2016).
We added daily Xtandi pills to the treatment plan last month (February 17, 2017) with a 2.38 PSA. My 3/17 return visit revealed the PSA dropped to .07 after 30 days! Can I get a woop woop?!!
Now the downside, it's been a tough month with the energy level and fatigue. I'm not ready to blame it all on the Xtandi, though. I had a flu shot two days after beginning Xtandi, and I caught a bad cold that kicked in a couple days later. So, between the flu shot, cold, cold medicines and the Xtandi SE's, I don't know which is to blame. It wasn't until Week 4 that I actually started feeling better.
I was able to continue taking the dog for his daily walks of 1 1/2 miles and went to the gym 4-5 days/week. However, I noticed a significant reduction in energy for the gym, so, I just listened to my body and did what I could, hoping that the energy would return after the cold went away.
I've been feeling better for the last week and I see an improvement in the energy level. I find that a 30-60 minute nap works wonders for the afternoon energy lull. Now, if I can just find a way to work through the brain fog associated with ADT.
Now, to another subject, incontinence. I'm scheduled to have an artificial urinary sphincter installed on May 5th. I'm hoping that goes well and we can activate the device on June 20th.
With a little luck going my way, it's going to be a good summer. I'll keep you posted on both.