CT scan this morning showed PC has spread to my husband's liver!! We NEED a HAIL MARY!! -and any words of wisdom that will give more hope
We plan to seek additional opinions from other prostate cancer oncologists - any recommendations? (we are currently at U of Chicago)
Our oncologist recommends starting Jevtana-carboplatin chemo ASAP - in 2 days and says success rate is (only) 33%. Has any else been down this road? (since we're trying hard to be optimistic, we're looking for words of encouragement)
Here's a brief background:
1 year ago - 60 yr old diagnosed with metastatic PC with extensive mets to bones. (shocking as there were no symptoms other than common aches and pains for his age) Went through the standard HT (Casodex + Lupron) + 6 cycles of Docetaxol chemo and went into remission which we were hoping would last at least a couple years - NOT just 4 months!
2 months ago CRPC symptoms began - developed leg pain which he thought was 'just' sciatica, esp. given lab results when getting Lupron shot showed PSA at 0.10 (nadir was 0.09). Leg pain suddenly became severe about 3 weeks and an MRI confirmed CRPC - revealing tumor activity in the lower lumbar area. Doing 10 consecutive days of radiation for this. Today was #6.
PSA around time of diagnosis was 5.8. Highest reading of 18.75 about a month later after 3 weeks of Casodex (on day of first Lupron shot)
Gleason scores 7 (4 + 3) and 8 (4 + 4)
Mutations - somatic BRCA2 and PTEN
ARV-7 - negative, per test done at Johns Hopkins last March