Dear brothers, I need some advise/ opinions!
I feel I am at a crossroads of sorts. Maybe I even have an opportunity!
So thinking 'out-of-the-box' I am considering doing chemo before what would be considered normal standard of care.
I have managed to drive my PSA down to 1.1 and in light of recent research showing early use of chemo therapy to extend life expectancy, I was wondering if this strategy might prove useful 8 years into the battle.
The idea being to hit the cancer over the head while it is 'weak' and I am relatively strong.
Diagnosed in 2008 age 54. PSA 7.8 with seminal vesicles involvement. This was followed with Radical prostatectomy 2008, radiation 2009, thereafter Lupron, Firmagon, Xgeva, Provenge 2013, Zytiga 2013 (still on it!), Xofigo 2016 (mets in shoulder and ribs), Lynparza 2016.
The PSA never went over 10.5. I have been diagnosed with a BRCA2 mutation, which is the reason I started with Lynparza (Olaparib). In addition I take daily supplements (Metformin, statin, vitamin D3 (10,000 iu), Wisconsin GinSeng and an Estradiol patch).
Would doing chemo now be a 'smart' decision? I feel I have little to loose and potentially maybe quite a bit to gain.
I would love to get some opinions.