Zytiga for Prostate Cancer

Posted by donnelson @donnelson, May 4, 2018

Zytiga is the newest prostate cancer medicine with a price tag of $10-11,000 per month. Has anyone been on it?

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@alanr

Let us know the type of tests and what the results show. Do hope all shows encouraging results.

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I had PSA, Metabolic Panel, CBC and bone scan. The Dr. seemed more anxious to have me call BioPlus Labs to get "My" price for Zytiga. I feel the zytega is a good selection except for its cost. I know there are other drugs available that are "generic" or similar

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My price for Zytiga from my Health Plan is $2,765. PER MONTH

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I guess that no one on this blog has taken zyiga. I wonder why?

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Has anyone ever taken Xtandi for prostate cancer

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I believe that Xtandi may be something similar to Lupron. My Doc and I discussed a clinical trail involving Xtandi about a 18 months ago but he later found I did not qualify since I was already taking Lupron. From your earlier discussion I believe you said you were also taking Lupron so I assume that would also have made you ineligible. It would be interesting to know more about that trail. I have Appointment with my oncologist in about two weeks. I'm interested in talking to him about it.. This will be my first meeting with a different oncologist since my other doc of 5 years has moved on. It will be curious to see if their treatment protocol is any different. Keep us posted on your treatments and well being. Sounds like we have similar issues.

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How about Xtandi? Has anyone been given this?

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That's interesting because I am taking Lupron (2 shots). We
are struggling over the cost of Zitiga. I understand that there are bad side effects with Xtandi? Please let me know how it goes.

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Hello, I started on Zytiga several months ago. My PSA went from 56 to less than 1 in about 2 weeks. However, my liver enzymes rose beyond acceptable levels and I had to lower the dosage from 1000 milligrams to 750 milligrams per day. For now, things are stable. I have blood drawn every 2 weeks to
to keep an eye on liver enzyme activity. I hope this helps. Philnob.

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@philnob

Hello, I started on Zytiga several months ago. My PSA went from 56 to less than 1 in about 2 weeks. However, my liver enzymes rose beyond acceptable levels and I had to lower the dosage from 1000 milligrams to 750 milligrams per day. For now, things are stable. I have blood drawn every 2 weeks to
to keep an eye on liver enzyme activity. I hope this helps. Philnob.

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Welcome to Connect, @philnob. When were you diagnosed with prostate cancer? Are you comfortable sharing a bit more about your treatment options/plan?

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@kanaazpereira

Welcome to Connect, @philnob. When were you diagnosed with prostate cancer? Are you comfortable sharing a bit more about your treatment options/plan?

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I was diagnosed with prostate cancer approximately 8 years ago. After external beam radiation the prostate was cancer free.
However metastasis had already occurred. The PSA number started to rise and I went on to harmone therapy.
This was discontinued due to extreme side effects.

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@philnob

I was diagnosed with prostate cancer approximately 8 years ago. After external beam radiation the prostate was cancer free.
However metastasis had already occurred. The PSA number started to rise and I went on to harmone therapy.
This was discontinued due to extreme side effects.

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What kind of extreme side effects did you have and how soon? I have just started Lupron this last Wed. My prostate was removed 10 years ago and I had external beam radiation that same year. Recently my psa went from 2.8 to 6.22 in 6 months and a bone scan found that it has shown up in 5 spots in my bones. One spot in my left shoulder, one rib, both pelvis and the prostate bed area I think. I am seeing an oncologist this coming Wed to see what else they recommend. My urologist thinks they will recommend chemo. Understand there are at least 3 options and I don't know what to expect.

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My side effects included hot flashes, slight breast enlargement, muscle stiffness, frequent urination to the point where I was getting out of bed 5 times a night every night for 3 weeks, weight gain, and a sense that my equilibrium was challenged to the extent that I would not chance driving my car.
After discussing everything with my Doctor the Lupron was discontinued. Please keep in mind that everything I have mentioned was predicated with the exception of the problem with my equilibrium. It’s just that in my case the side effects were extreme. I have spoken with people on Lupron that experience no more than slight headaches, and hot flashes that lasted only for 2 weeks. It seems that everyone is different and we can’t know how things will work out until we give it a try. I wish you the very best results.

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