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Zytiga and prednisone with lupron and xgeva - cost, payment, outcome

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Chuckect
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Joined: Jan 2018

Hello all, dx with metastatic stage 4 prostatecancer jan 2017 at age 80...  wondering how everyone meets the cost of Zytiga...   i have medicare and insurance (aarp - united healthcare)..  my copay is $2800 which is being picked up by  pan foundation, but that will end in another month.. so i m trying to get coverage from the manufacturer..  i have been taking zytiga and prednisone with lupron and xgeva for 3 months now and don't know what is causing  my various symptoms..  such as hot flashes, moments of elation, moments of depression, joint pain, and just feeling bad or good..  before the zytiga i had months of docetaxel which was  something that i hope i don't have to repeat...  today is going to be a good day,, i can feel it comming

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RobLee
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Joined: Feb 2017

...don't know what is causing  my various symptoms.. such as hot flashes, moments of elation, moments of depression, joint pain, and just feeling bad or good

Hey Chuck, I can tell you that the hot flashes, depression and joint pain are caused by the Lupron, and the moments of elation are caused by the Prednisone.  I don't knwo about Zytiga, nor about how to pay for it. All I can say is good luck. Maybe you should have opted for a better drug plan during last open enrollment, sorry to say. The xgeva is to keep your bones from becoming brittle from the Lupron but may cause your teeth to fall out (if you have any). Sorry to be so blunt, but what you have is pretty bad, as you know from having the Docetaxel. I think you know that the treatment you're getting is intended only to prolong your life and will not cure the cancer.

I wish there was a nice way for me to say that... but you likely know that already. I hope 2018 is a better year for us all.

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