well...what an interesting day. I signed off to start the Xtandi this evening before bedtime...AND I signed off to start Provenge on Tuesday.
** Pic is my first time every for making Homemade chicken & dumplings. It was better (even) than it looked. I LOVE to cook (and eat).
While I was with the oncologist today I asked him "has anyone every gotten crazy fabulous results from Provenge?"
His response..."no, and there's no way to know if it's working. Your PSA won't get better ....your scans won't show anything...BUT, studies have shown that people who do it average a 3 month longer overall survival rate."
It's hard to imagine that I (and the others that do Provenge) would go through the process...it does not look like fun...for this kind of "results" that don't even show in any tests or scan? and I'm just wondering if 3 months before I'm gone...a bell will ring and my body will announce it's in the "bonus round" I bought by doing Provenge.....LOL.
This just struck me as funny. I have the entire 133,000.00 cost being covered by insurance and some kind of "grant fund"...but I know some people have/still do pay out of pocket...I cannot imagine it. Life keeps getting MORE and MORE interesting...
AND, inspite of what he said...I'm still hoping for a "miraculous" change in course with my Prostate Cancer...like, for once, a PSA under 1.0.....and bone scans that improve greatly.....I do like "seeing" some result.
Life is Beautiful