Husband was dx with aggressive PC July 2014 at age 57, had RP done Aug. 2014 with Total GS 7. Then Nov. 2015 had a BCR and received 6 months ADT along with 39 IMRT treatments. All good until Mar. 2017 when PSA rose a little and by Oct. 2017 confirmed BCR again with rapid doubling times. Finally had a PSA high enough for MO to ordered Axumin on 8/29/18 - results showed a small right pelvic lymph node, all else clear. Started ADT 9/4/18, then had Orchiectomy Jan. 2019. Currently have PSA <0.01 & Testosterone <1.0 and have been since Jan. 2019. All CT's and Bone Scans have always been clear, only thing that has shown up was the node on Axumin.
MO wanted to start Prolia without ever doing a DEXA, we said no until we know if his bones are thinning. MO said insurance won't cover DEXA for men and it wasn't SOC, but if we wanted to pay she would order it... we said yes, we want it! The DEXA is scheduled with his CT's and Bone scan for end of this June. His follow-up with MO for results is July 8 and MO has first Prolia shot scheduled for that visit.
Question is - If DEXA comes back normal, would you start the Prolia, as MO advises for "Bone Health"? We're aware of possible serious side effect to the jaw with these drugs and don't want to start it if his DEXA is good, but don't know if he needs it anyway due to his ADT's then Orchiectomy. DH is NOT castrate-resistant yet, if that makes a difference.
If DEXA is good and we wait, how do we know when to start it... when do you repeat a DEXA (I know for women it's done every 2 years)?
Thanks in advance for all your knowledge and opinions, they are a true blessing to us!