• What are my very best options, to survive the longest, with Metastasized Prostate Cancer in my Lymph Nodes & Bones?

    Asked by reigelsberger on Thursday, March 28, 2019

    What are my very best options, to survive the longest, with Metastasized Prostate Cancer in my Lymph Nodes & Bones?

    Clinical Trials, Vitamin Therapy, Diet, Attitude, Prayer & etc. I live in North Central Iowa. Hospitals with success stories?

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    • GregP_WN's Avatar
      GregP_WN

      I can't offer any help on that decision, but all of here at WhatNext wish you the best as you go through this. Someone that has been down the prostate cancer path will offer some help soon.

      6 months ago
    • LiveWithCancer's Avatar
      LiveWithCancer

      You know, we all come with a termination date and none of us know when it is. What route is your oncologist suggesting? Have you gotten a second or third opinion from medical professionals? Weren't you going to check out CTCA? Or, if there's a NCI-designated cancer center near you, I highly recommend them. If there's a clinical trial available for your diagnosis, they'd be likely to know about it. https://www.cancer.gov/research/nci-role/cancer-centers/find

      I personally don't think you'll have much luck beating cancer of any kind by doing just diet and vitamin therapy but some will disagree. I am a huge believer in attitude (and not stressing as stress causes cancer) and prayer ... but I am also a big believer in taking advantage of what God has given us in terms of medical science.

      For me, personally, I went the route of traditional chemo. When that didn't work, I went into a clinical trial. When that quit working, I had radiation. After that, I went back on immunotherapy. And, here I am ... with a prognosis of 4 months back in 2012 ... still writing answers to questions. My son, on the other hand, did not have cancer and had actually been pronounced healthy just weeks earlier after fairly extensive testing at the VA hospital. One minute he was fine; the next minute he was dead. Same thing happened to my best friend a month or so ago. She wasn't sick, had no idea she was going to die. But she did.

      So, this is to point out that a cancer diagnosis doesn't mean you're going to die soon. And lack of a cancer diagnosis doesn't mean you are NOT going to die soon. The best advice I can give you is to get your affairs in order for when you do die and live every single day as if it might be your last because, with or without cancer, it might be.

      Good luck! If I were you, I'd be busy making some appointments for second and third opinions so that you can feel comfortable you are getting the best medical science has to offer. And, I'd be turning a deaf ear to anyone suggesting this diet or that vitamin to cure me.

      6 months ago
    • po18guy's Avatar
      po18guy

      I would go immediately to a National Cancer Institute designated comprehensive cancer center. They are state of the art and employ the best and brightest, perform research (clinical trials) and overall, provide you with the best possible outcome. Find the nearest center here: https://www.cancer.gov/research/nci-role/cancer-centers/find

      Eat healthy and exercise as your body allows. Drinks lots of fluids and rest when you need to.

      I survive by prayer. Few seem to believe in that nowadays, but I should have died in 2008, and then in each and every year since then. Apparently, the Lord has other plans for me.

      6 months ago
    • Lynne-I-Am's Avatar
      Lynne-I-Am

      Agree with the others. You will not know what your best options are until you do your homework and research your options and talk to several different specialists. My brother in- law did just that when he was diagnosed with late stage prostate cancer. He chose broad spectrum radiation and celebrated his five year survival several months ago. His choice may not be the best choice for you however. You have several cancer centers in Iowa, one in DeMoines and two in or near Iowa City. Sometimes we need to travel to get the best care available, that may be a few hours by car or even out of state when necessary. Clinical trials are always a possibility .There is no downside to prayer and personally I think a positive determined attitude when battling this disease helps.

      6 months ago
    • carm's Avatar
      carm

      Hello, I'm an oncology nurse. Stay on the TIP (testosterone inactivating pharmaceuticals) therapy. There are other medications like Xtandi or the vaccine Provenge. Best of luck to you.

      6 months ago

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