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Dr. Andrew Rynne
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How effect is aberaterone for prostrate cancer?

I am 72yrs old and have Prostate cancer which is in my bones also. I have a 3 monthly injection of depot and recently completed 6 treatments of Chemo. My Oncologist now is suggesting I try Aberaterone which is very expensive and again is not a cure. My PSA is climbing again after chemo stopped and is around 250 if my memory serves me correctly. My question is about Aberaterone and it s effect on people who have used it for their cancers. I have had a bypass op about 12 yrs ago which you should know about I think. I have an appointment in 2 days time with the Oncologist to advise him of my decision. I need to know how others have found it and has it improved their life or not. I look forward to your reply whatever it may be. Sincerely Gary
Fri, 30 May 2014
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Hi. Aberaterone is an option after failure of chemotherapy in advanced prostate cancer. Once the cancer has gone to bones it can not be cured. Aberaterone can not cure as do hormone therapy with depot and chemotherapy. It will lower your PSA , help Control cancer for some time, ultimately PSA starts rising again. Its a good option in your case. Price is of course an issue, its costly. My patients usually tolerate it well and are happy on it. Its most common side effects are weakness and fatigue. It also have bad effects on heart and liver. If I am your treating doctor, I would like to assess your heart function by doing ECG and Echocardiography as well as blood Liver function test, Urea, Creatinine and electrolytes.
Hope I have answered your query. If you have any further questions, I will be happy thelp.
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