danlew141's Journey with Prostate Cancer

Patient: Prostate Cancer

Patient Info: Living with cancer as a chronic illness (undergoing adjuvant therapy), Diagnosed: almost 8 years ago, Male, Age: 71, Progressing despite hormone therapy: Yes

  1. 1
    over 4 years ago
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    Diagnosed

    Oh No

    Initial appearance on rectal exam, confirmed by prostate biopsy.

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  2. 2
    over 4 years ago
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    Hormone therapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    Quarterly lupron injections begun. Hot flashes classify as nuisance.

    Easy to Do: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Agree
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  3. 3
    over 4 years ago
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    External radiation

    Radiation

    Was not working, so increased tiredness esp toward end of course was not disruptive.

    Painless Experience: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Agree
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  4. 4
    over 4 years ago
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    Hormone therapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    Bicalutamide added in addition to Lupron, when PSA began to go up under the Lupron (at about 2 years after diagnosis).

    Easy to Do: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Agree
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  5. 5
    over 4 years ago
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    Provenge

    Clinical Trial

    Not strictly a clinical trial (though my insurance company could not be convinced of that). but a new therapy. No problems with the process other than the discomfort of wearing a pheresis catheter for 6 weeks in the middle of summer.

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  6. 6
    over 4 years ago
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    Hormone therapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    Ketaconazole (taken with hyrdrocortisone to minimize side effects). I am told that this is the last available hormone strategy. When it no longer works, I guess it will effectively be the end of the "free ride" I have enjoyed for almost 4 years.

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