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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.
Did your doc prescribe a specific number of Lupon injections? My doc seemed to think I may be taking these semi-annual shots forever, He did allow a possible evaluation if my PSA becomes undetectable or if it goes the the other way and some escalated approach would be necessary. When we first started the lupron shots 18 months ago Zytiga wasn't even discussed. That didn't come up until 6-7 months ago. Hope all going well wiyh you.
Like Gay has suggested there are some foundations that can help with payments. Toward the end of last year when I first considered Zytiga I did some research and gathered a list of resources to check. However, since I have elected to postpone that option I never followed up on it. One good thing is that zytiga is now FDA approved for early stage hormone treament and some insurance may pay for part of it. I'm fortunate that my insurance, a supplement to my Medicare, does pay for the Lupron injections I receive at a clinic every 6 months. That cost, at least what the clinic bills is $28,000+. I do know that Zytiga is more expensive and not sure how agreeable insurance will be to pay. I did read that the company which developed Zytiga sold the rights , perhaps it was Johnson & Johnson for two billion $. J&J must be quite happy to see the drug approved for pre castrate resistant purposes which opens the door to far more patients. Donnelson, which type of medication are you now taking ? Zytiga does sound like a creditable option. Hope all continues favorably with your issue.
Zytiga has just recently approved and it is expensive, perhaps even more than the above writer suggested. Up until recently it was only approved for Mastastisis castrate resistant cancer but now it can be used as hormone treatment. I'm not sure if it will be used in conjunction with Lupron injections or instead of. I understand it has to be taken daily, perhaps as many as 4 pills. Predisone also needs to be taken with it. I have'nt heard anything about side affects. I'm on Lupron for now and it has beeen keeping PSA low, ie less than 1. My doc says Lupron does become castrate resistant in 2-5 years, Ive been on it for 18 months. If PSA starts to go up I will then have to decide if I want to take Zytiga. If any of you hear, or know, anything more please keep us posted.
Forgive us husbands with "mean and spirited" tongues. I often am part of that grouping. It must be an abnormal gene that many of us were handed and have not learned to control it. At the end of the day when we are composed and are organizing our thoughts and considering our blessings we give our thanks, though many times not verbally expressed, to those we have often offended. It is so ignorant of us to emotionally hurt those we love. You are loved and admired, especially for your forgiveness, for your struggles I feel that your hubby many times harbors remorse for his actions. He loves you.