kjustin's Journey with Prostate Cancer

Caregiver: Prostate Cancer

Patient Info: Living with cancer as a chronic illness (undergoing adjuvant therapy), Diagnosed: almost 9 years ago, Male, Age: 73

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    • kjustin
    • Experience with Prostate Cancer
    about 5 years ago
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    Radical retropubic prostatectomy

    Procedure or Surgery

    After elevated PSA levels, my dad had his prostate removed. A couple of months later, his PSA levels continued to be elevated. They found cancerous lymph nodes in his pelvic region so did surgery again and cleaned up as many lymph nodes as they could.

    Went as Expected: Agree
    Minimal Recovery: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Agree
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    • kjustin
    • Experience with Prostate Cancer
    about 5 years ago
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    Clinical Trial

    My dad was enrolled in a study of the "ippy" drug. I don't know how to spell it but that's what the doctors called it anyway. The drug was approved by the FDA to treat melanoma. Dr. Eugene Kwon at Mayo was doing the research on this drug to treat advanced prostate cancer. After a couple of weeks, my dad became very ill and had to stop the study drug. At least we know he got the intended drug and not the placebo.

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    • kjustin
    • Experience with Prostate Cancer
    about 5 years ago
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    Diarrhea

    Side Effects

    A lot of diarrhea and vomiting from the clinical study drug. My dad became dehydrated and the drug and/or all the vomiting caused his heart to go out of whack again (don't know the medical terminology where his misses a beat and they need to "jump" start it).

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    • Experience with Prostate Cancer
    about 5 years ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    A bone scan revealed the cancer spreading to other lymph nodes and in to the bone. The doctor doing the clinical study referred my dad to an oncologist. The oncologist recommended chemotherapy (taxotere & prednisone), which was done every three weeks.

    Easy to Do: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Neutral/NA
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    • kjustin
    • Experience with Prostate Cancer
    about 5 years ago
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    verteboplasty

    Procedure or Surgery

    My dad underwent this due to the cancer crushing 3 of his vertebrae. It has helped his pain considerably and is taking less pain medication.

    Went as Expected: Agree
    Minimal Recovery: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Neutral/NA
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    • Experience with Prostate Cancer
    about 5 years ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    My dad started his first round of Cabazitaxel. He has to have this once every 3 weeks. We're hoping this will help slow the growth of the cancer.

    Easy to Do: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
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