• New prostate cancer drug unlocks key treatment

    Asked by GregP_WN on Tuesday, July 30, 2019

    New prostate cancer drug unlocks key treatment

    Has anyone been put on this new drug yet? With the approval of a drug for the treatment of newly diagnosed metastatic prostate cancer with no previous exposure to cytotoxic chemotherapy, patients now have a variety of options.

    The drug — ZYTIGA® (abiraterone acetate) — approved by the Pharmacy and Poisons Board (PPB), will be used once daily for the treatment of metastatic hormone-sensitive prostate cancer ahead of a chemotherapy regimen.

    And it's not lost on me the irony of the Board that approves new drugs for chemo, radiation, or cancer patients is called the "Pharmacy and POISONS Board"
    https://www.nation.co.ke/health/New-prostate-cancer-drug-unlocks-key-treatment/3476990-5215036-qx2bh1z/index.html

    8 Answers from the Community

    8 answers
    • carm's Avatar
      carm

      Greg,
      You are too funny with the Pharmacy and Poison board, but the reason they are involved is because that's actually the board in Kenya who regulates the drugs in trade or export...a part of their minister of health. The drug has been approved here for awhile but now it will be an option in the list of a first line therapy for advanced prostate cancer patients in Kenya. Janssen, the pharmaceutical house who produces the drug does have a manufacturing site in Kenya and well as other countries as most pharm houses do. But this is a happy announcement for the African region because they have such little access to the latest therapies...so it's a great step forward. Prostate cancer is always the leader in men's cancer worldwide. Hopefully this will help address the need.

      about 1 month ago
    • GregP_WN's Avatar
      GregP_WN

      Thanks for the info Carm. We always appreciate it.

      about 1 month ago
    • Kenster's Avatar
      Kenster

      Hi Greg,
      Yes, I began taking Zytiga today. I was diagnosed in 2011 with prostate cancer. That same year I had a prostatectomy followed by radiation and hormone therapy. PSA was undetectable until 2017. Went back on hormone therapy which only worked for 8 months. In 2018 the CT scan showed a golf ball size tumor in my left pelvic region. It was radiated and PSA went to undetectable. I was good until this year. PSA going back up fast. Tried the Erleada and it did nothing to slow down the PSA. Another CT scan showed another tumor in my pelvic area. Zytiga is my next option and I started it today. I am praying that it will deliver some results.

      about 1 month ago
    • andreacha's Avatar
      andreacha

      Kenster Sending lots of prayers and best wishes for your new treatment. Do let us know how you are doing.

      about 1 month ago
    • Jim917's Avatar
      Jim917

      I started Zytiga in early 2014 and I continue to take the generic version.

      about 1 month ago
    • GregP_WN's Avatar
      GregP_WN

      @Kenster, sorry I didn't see your response until today. How are you doing on the Zytiga so far? Any side effects already or is it pretty mild? I hope you're doing well.

      about 1 month ago
    • Jim917's Avatar
      Jim917

      Zytiga is taking on a empty stomach. I take dicyclomine with Zytiga pror to the one hour fast to alleviate this issue. I take both sets of pills before the fast.

      about 1 month ago
    • Kenster's Avatar
      Kenster

      I've only been on Zytiga for one week now, but so far I've had no side effects. I've been blessed with minimal or no side effects on all my treatments and there have been many. I just hope that the Zytiga works.

      about 1 month ago

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