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Prostate Cancer | Last Active: Jul 21, 2019 | Replies (54)

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@donnelson

I have corresponded with this bog before. My prostate cancer received 43 days of radiation several years ago. About 2 years ago the PSA started to rise and I was given a bone scan which showed no problems. The PSA continued to rise and I had more tests with no real answer. The doctor suggested Lupron but after research and talking with some folks here I became reluctant to embark on this form of chemical “castration” if you will. A one month trial was suggested by my medical oncologist but that was not available here with Lupron, only by another medicine with a name that started with “a”. More tests followed, another bone scan, a CT scan, etc and there was still no spread of the cancer from the prostate. The PSA which now was 20.. Now the suggestion is Bicalcutamide monotheraohy. Has anyone had this therapy? if so, how did it go?

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Dear @donnelson,

This is @BuckyFestoon. I have a few questions for you.
1. Have you had your prostate removed? Prior to or following the radiation?
2. Are you now or have you ever been treated at Mayo Clinic Rochester?
3. Have you ever heard of the C-11 Choline PET Scan? Currently only offered at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester.
4. What is your age?

A bit of background on me. I am 4 years cancer free and doing GREAT, following: a PSA of over 25,000 in 2011!!! Late Stage IV prostate cancer, almost complete kidney and liver failure, Lupron therapy, bicalutamide therapy, Taxotere chemotherapy, 2 major surgeries including: a prostatectomy, an orchiectomy and removal of about a dozen cancerous lymph nodes (ranging in size from a golf ball to a nerf football). In short I’ve seen and done it all when it comes to the diagnosis and treatment of prostate cancer.

I can report my thoughts and reactions to any or all of these therapies but before I do it would be helpful to know the answers to the above questions.

All my best,

Bucky Festoon.