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How good is ENZALTAMIDE  I had a PSA OF 870 back in January now dropped to 380  had blood test 1 month ago 

My Chemotherapy was cancelled due to covid 19 

Ellen M-Macmillan
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Thanks for getting in touch with us. I can see that you’ve already joined our supportive prostate cancer group. That’s great to see as there is nothing quite like the support that you can get from others who know what it’s like.

It’s encouraging to read that your PSA level had dropped when last checked a month ago, but not so good to hear that your chemotherapy has had to be cancelled due to Covid-19.

Decisions about whether to cancel chemotherapy due to Covid-19 are made by a team of experts who know your individual situation. They must consider the benefits versus the risks of continuing treatment on an individual case.

These are difficult decisions, but they also must talk to you about why they have decided it is in your best interest to cancel your chemotherapy.

Men who have just been diagnosed with advanced prostate cancer are usually offered a chemotherapy drug called docetaxel along with standard hormone therapy. But during the current coronavirus outbreak, doctors may offer enzalutamide if the doctors feel that the risk of continuing with your chemotherapy is too high. This is because chemotherapy can increase your risk from catching infections, including Covid-19. Chemotherapy also involves regular hospital appointments, which could put you at risk of catching this virus during those hospital visits.

Enzalutamide doesn’t affect your immune system as much as chemotherapy. It also doesn’t involve regular hospital visits. For this reason, enzalutamide may be safer for you than chemotherapy until the risk from coronavirus in the UK has reduced.

Enzalutamide works by blocking the effect of the hormone testosterone on prostate cancer cells. Without testosterone, the prostate cancer cells can’t grow, even if they have spread to other parts of the body.

It has been shown to help some men live longer. It can also help to treat or delay symptoms, such as pain and bone problems.

Unfortunately, no one can predict how an individual’s cancer will respond to any type of cancer treatment. But your doctors will be monitoring your PSA levels to check that your treatment is working.

I have read that you’re due to start your Enzalutamide in June. I hope all goes well with your treatment.

We have this information to help you to look after your immune system. It also has tips about looking after your mental wellbeing and keeping active whilst you’re having treatment and staying at home.

You can also give our Support Line a call on 0808-808-0000 and talk to one of our nurses. Our lines are open every day from 8am till 8pm.

Best wishes and take care.

Ellen-Cancer Information Nurse Specialist.