Back to London again today for my Oncology Outpatients Appointment and Zoledronic Acid infusion.
The good news is that my Covid test came back negative so I am all clear for treatment and pleased to be Covid free.
The bad news is that my PSA has risen to 150 from 85 about 6 weeks ago. And so it looks like my PSA is starting that upward move again after being brought down by the Lutetium. Overall I am feeling pretty well aside from pain in my back from the fracture I had.
I was pretty disappointed that my PSA had risen so much in a fairly short time, it would seem that the effects of the Lutetium have worn off.
So the plan now is to have a PSMA PET scan and have a look at what is happening inside with a view to rechallenging the cancer with more Lutetium.
I have two Lutetium treatments left that I could have and although we are entering very much into new territory with the Lutetium it is thought it is better to rechallenge sooner rather than later. Well at least the first one and then see when to use the second one.
I did ask about what might be done after the Lutetium treatment has been used and the answer was that it would be another clinical trial. The clinical trial mentioned was called BiTE, I think and here is a brief descriprion of it.
“a PSMA bispecific T-cell engager (BiTE®) immune therapy mediating T-cell killing of tumor cells in patients with advanced castration-resistant prostate cancer”
If I understand it, it is similar to Lutetium in that it consists of two parts, the first part is attracted to the cancer cells expressing PSMA and instead of using Lutetium to kill the cancer cells it attracts the bodies own T-Cells to attack the cancer cell.
I think I have a bit more to learn about this and will certainly be asking more questions next time around!
Not surprisingly by the time I got upstairs for the Zoledronic Acid Infusion my blood pressure was fairly high at 166/98 so they gave me a few minutes to relax. It also gave me time to think about what I had just been told downstairs and to calm my racing mind.
A few minutes later and I was at 145/80 and they were happy to continue with the infusion.
I had already been fitted with a cannula and while I hate to keep mentioning it, it did take 3 attempts to get the cannula in and its not the needle going in that stings, it’s the wiggling about of the needle that really stings!!!
The Zoledronic Acid infusion itself took about 20 minutes and soon the cannula was being removed and I was told I could go.
Jacket on I made my way outside and made my way home.
By the time I got home I had my next outpatients appointment booked and that is scheduled for 3rd February and so hopefully I will have a PSMA PET scan before that, it could be a busy couple of weeks!