I am 54 years old living in New England. In June 2016, I was diagnosed with advanced metastatic (gleason 9) prostate cancer. The cancer spread to the nearby bladder and three lymph nodes in my pelvic and high abdomen region. I started Hormone therapy (Lupron) in August and chemotherapy (docetaxel) in October. I am being treated at Massachusetts General Hospital by oncologist Dr. Matthew Smith. After six cycles of chemo, CT scans showed significant reduction in all areas of cancer. Albeit good news, the cancer is not gone and we are now just waiting for it to come back. The plan after chemo was to follow it up with radiation. Dr. Smith and Dr. Zeitman (radiologist) did not recommend it because they would have to target such a large region (pelvis and abdomen) that it would have made me extremely ill.
My doctor is monitoring my PSA each time I go in for my Lupron shot (every 3 months). I do have the hormone therapy but I read that after a couple years it stops working. I asked this question to my doctor and he is waiting for results on a study of Zytiga (abiraterone acetate) and that we may want to start with that before my two years are up with Lupron.
Has anyone taken or are taking Zytiga? What is your experience with the drug?