Chemotherapy

An Easier, Cheaper and More Comfortable Way To Take Zytiga

Rather than taking – and paying – for the full Zytiga dose on an empty stomach, ask your doctor if you could get the same effect from taking just one fourth of your Zytiga dose while enjoying a low-fat or high-fat breakfast. A small phase two study of 36 prostate cancer patients who took 250 mg of Zytiga after a low-fat breakfast had almost the same outcomes as 36 other prostate cancer patients who took the regular 1000mg dose on an empty stomach. These 72 patients were from the United States and from Singapore. Their age rage was from 52 [...]

Ask For a Blood test to identify AR-V7 in Circulating Tumor Cells if you are starting Xtandi or Zytiga

One of the hot topics in the prostate cancer community is the value of detecting AR-V7 tumor cells circulating in the blood. AR-V7 tumor cells in the blood predicts response or failure of treatment with enzalutamide (Xtandi) or abiraterone (Zytiga). A recent study found that men who have AR-V7 circulating tumor cells in their blood will not respond to Xtandi or Zytiga and will live longer if treated with a taxane based chemotherapy (docetaxel) regimen. A study in JAMA Oncology, showed that evaluating for the presence of circulating tumor cells (CTCs) with AR-V7 could optimize treatment protocols. The study looked at 161 men with progressing metastatic castration-resistant [...]

Prostate Cancer Chemotherapy Is not so bad

Chemotherapy with Taxotere (docetaxel) might not be considered because the side effects are misunderstood. Individual experiences and side effects differ widely from one man to another. n Generally, chemotherapy is not as toxic as we think. Even if a patient feels that his chemotherapy is causing more grief than relief, it can be discontinued; there is no contract that will require anyone to continue any treatment that either is not working or makes their quality of life intolerable. On the Malecare Health Unlocked on line Advanced Prostate Cancer support group the following question and responses just appeared (names removed): Question: [...]

Possible Protocols To Treat Chemotherapy Induced Peripheral Neuropathy

Peripheral neuropathy caused by chemotherapy is a very common problem for many of us as we go through a chemotherapy regime. Despite the large numbers of us who do suffer from this side effect there has been limited numbers of doctor suggested remedies. On the Malecare/ HealthUnlocked Advanced Prostate Cancer online support group there was a recent post from one of the members about a suggestion he has received from his doctor to combat this problematic side effect. The recommendation was to use Pyridoxine 100mg (Vitamin B 6) twice a day and Alpha Lipoic Sustained release 300mg twice a day [...]