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Happy Holidays Gents,

I was diagnosed 13 years ago with stage IV Gleason 7. Every so often my PSA elevated and I am placed back on an anti-androgen. In this case Lupron and Casodex. Treatment path: Lupron, seeds and radiation.

Now my PSA is elevating very fast with no indication of metastasis. My oncologist is putting me on Apalutamide/Erleada.

I am curious if anyone has taken this med, how it’s working and if you are experiencing any side effects?

Happy and Healthy 2019.


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I understand what you are going through. I am 73 years old and 11 years ago I started treatment for PCa. Yesterday I had my third PSA that was 0.06 and I have been off of cancer therapy now for 9 months. However, I now have kidney disease, diabetes, heart diseases, and urinary incontinence. I am a happy man. Finding a man and having sex is no longer my ideal in life. I sing in the Orlando Gay Chorus, work at the Joy MCC Church, go to 12 step meetings and sponsor others. I stay busy and have other interests than "plugging in" if you know what I mean. I have had 72 radiations and 6 1/2 years of Lupron (Eligard - generic). All I can tell you is to just keep truckin'.

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MJCA in reply to JimVanHorn

Thanks. My treatment started at age 45. Yep!! I'm over it.

My question is: when were you diagnosed with grade IV where were your metastases? You fill me with hope, we are just starting this path. Is not easy. Regards.

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MJCA in reply to Josianaperez

I was diagnosed 14 years ago. No metastasis thank G-d!

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Josianaperez in reply to MJCA

I don't understand why you say you were diagnosed in grade IV, grade IV is metastasized

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MJCA in reply to Josianaperez

That's right it was on my lymph nodes 🤦‍♂️. Luckily, the radiation killed it.

There was never any discussion on a prostatectomy since it was not encapsulated.

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