Hello SS .........
I have gotten an eduation the past 45-days or so regarding cancer. That is .... to an extent, the different forms of cancer, chemos and tendencies for the cancer spreading.
I started in a couple of support groups and one of them, re-occuring cancer, has been beneficial. It's a small group, mostly women and the types and sequences of taking chemo is so different from what I'm used to the past two years.
From what I've been lead to believe, remission is a temporary thing - at least for advanced prostate cancer. Mine metastisized about three years ago ... and spread to the kidneys, liver and rib area ...... possibly into or at least toward a lymph node. I do have a catscan in two days.
My last catscan was 2-months ago, and it showed a slight increase of cancer from 6-months prior. My bonescan 2-months ago showed no increase (thank God) from the last one 22-months ago.
My current chemo - jevtana (injected) has so far been very positive. I have high hopes, but it is too early to declare remission. I was on a prior injected chemo (taxotere) for about 30-weeks in 2012-2013 that worked well up to a point ... then ceased to work anymore.
The two oral chemos did not work for me - and they actually or technically were more like a hormone therapy. And I have been on Lupron, a hormone therapy, for about three years now.
My side effects vary. With the current chemo, I can be fine for 4 or 5-days ... then bang .... a side effect gets to me - most often bowel related - although nausea and hot flashes happen too at times.
I am glad to hear that your injections of chemo are working better. I hope that means improvement, as well as, reduced side effects.
With Mom ..... this week I've had three calls from hospice .... three different people calling to introduce themselves and report what's happening. I'll be meeting the Social (Director-type) from hospice next Tuesday with Mom for an interview (sort of).
I got a call from the Chaplain last night .... and his report was very positive about her attitude. And so life leads us!
Thanks for your post .... hope you're headed for remission!
Rob and Giz
Initial Dx of PCa in 2003/2004
Radiation (5x5wks) & Brachytherapy (96 seeds) in 2004
Low PSA for 6-years then Casodex briefly
Lupron from 2011 to current
Zytiga 2012 (5-months) - PSA increase
Prednisone & Xgeva from 2012
Taxotere - August 2012 (30-weeks) - PSA from 54+ to 12+
No chemo (8-wks) - PSA to over 23
Xtandi - June to Aug - 2013 - PSA increase
Jevtana + Lexapro - from October 2013