Cher Posted July 2, 2019 Share Posted July 2, 2019 Hi Everyone. Hope you are all doing well. My dad is currently being diagnosed of Advanced Metastatic Prostate Cancer. We live in India, but this website has been immensely helpful in the process of educating myself of every detail I should be aware of. My dad aged 53, is non diabetic, no hypertension, no heart diseases, doesn't smoke/drink. A persistent back pain for few months led to an MRI, which showcased some lesions on the spine. A PET CT was later done and metastatic lesions have been found on parts of the spine/ ribs/ pelvic region and prostate gland enlargement was seen. A bone marrow biopsy was then done, which confirmed metastatic deposits. The PSA test report = 149 Currently they are running Prostate Tumor Markers on the same Bone Marrow Biopsy sample. A prostate biopsy will be later done if required. The urologist performed a rectal exam and is almost sure it is Advanced Met. Prostate Cancer. He says that the cancer seems to be aggressive since its spread to the bones and has also infiltrated into the bone marrow. So he suggested we start the treatment immediately. 1) The Urologist tells me there are a few types of injections available but they take atleast 21 days to enter into the body so he recommends we start with Firmagon which enters into the body withing 24-48 hours. (He mentions that Firmagon would achieve the same results as an orchiectomy) 2) He also tells me Firmagon is the costliest of all the injections and suggests we can move to the lesser priced injections later on after the condition is controlled. 3) So my dad has started with Firmagon, 2 shots of 120 mg on the 29th of June. The Urologist says we must take a maintenance shot of 80 mg every 28 days from now. Next thing on their plan is to wait for the tumor marker results on the bone marrow biopsy, monitor his progress in a week and then start Chemotherapy along with the current Harmone Therapy. Treatments: 29th June 2019: Started Firmagon injections, 2 shots of 120 mg. Medications: Ultracet - After Breakfast & After Dinner (Pain Killer) Dad has little pain on the injection site, feels bit tired/sleepy all day. Slight pains in the body when the medicine effect wears off. [After lot of hours of taking the medicine]. Otherwise everything else seems fine. Please feel free to offer any guidance or help based on your knowledge and experience. Currently I am trying to stay strong and be positive and keep fighting. Thanks, Cher Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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