From this time until now, some 12 years, I have had, still have, the standard Hormone Therapy injections every 3 months, with added treatments, as follows:
- Abiraterone Acetate (via Cancer Drugs Fund)
- Two immunotherapy Trials, (one stage 3, one stage 1)
These treatments above and other tablets have slowed progression and allowed me to work for the first 7 years, then I had to medically retire
The hormone therapy injections at this point in time seem to be becoming less effective, so we are monitoring, with my consultant in Guildford at St Luke’s every 2-3 months, the PSA and my general health.
Having had the treatment above, this has helped me contain the prostate cancer and live with the issues that can arise both physically and mentally.
I think the treatment over the years has not helped my bones, but keep positive and carry on as they say! Some 5 years ago, my left hip was replaced due to osteoarthritis. My lower back is also an issue; I have had 4 operations now and still have issues, yearly visits to a London hospital for reviews, options and solutions are ongoing.
Overall, I keep positive, alternatives always possible just ensure you have the support of close friends and family, this is 100% beneficial to me and us all.
Research has, of course, helped me over time, from PCRC and others, and will continue to help myself and most importantly many others I believe.
Keep positive is my thought to all of you!
Take care of yourselves.