A Patients Post-Lutetium (177Lu-PSMA-617) Treatment Experience

August 25, 2021

Mr Monroe, an advanced prostate cancer patient being treated at the Tulane Cancer Center, discusses his early post-treatment experience following his first 177Lu-PSMA-617 injection with Phillip Koo.  Mr. Monroe compares this treatment experience with previous treatments from his prostate cancer treatment journey.  

The Tulane Cancer Center, New Orleans, Louisiana is leading the expanded access program for the administering of 177Lu-PSMA-617 for patients with metastatic castration-resistant prostate cancer (mCRPC).


Mr. Monroe, Patient

Phillip J. Koo, MD, FACS, Chief of Diagnostic Imaging and Oncology Physician Executive, Banner MD Anderson Cancer Center

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Phillip Koo: So Mr. Rowe, thank you very much for letting us participate in your therapy today. Can you tell us a little bit about how you feel after the treatment?

Mr. Monroe: I feel like I did before she administered the drug, it was a very easy, routine thing. She flushed it out with saline afterward and everything was really easy. Nothing to complain about at this point.

Phillip Koo: Great.

Mr. Monroe: And I feel just like I did before I sat down.

Phillip Koo: Great. And with respect to some of the other therapies that you might have had within your journey with prostate cancer, can you talk about sort of how the patient experience might be a little bit different with this than it is with some of the other therapies?

Mr. Monroe: Well, I've been through two bouts of radiation and one bout of chemotherapy. Chemotherapy is very time-consuming. It took like three hours for the process from start to finish. Radiation was really easy, a matter of a minute on the table, and you were gone.  I had very few side effects with radiation, a little bit of being very tired and fatigued.  The chemotherapy was awful. [inaudible 00:01:15], it was awful. That's all I'm going to tell you. Three days after the treatment, it took me almost a week to recover. And as of right now, I think this is going to be a really easy type of treatment as far as I'm concerned. I'm expecting a little fatigue, but, we all have that from time to time. So it's not going to be uncommon for me to have that. So, other than that, I got a three-hour drive home. That's the biggest part of this whole deal, was that drive here and drive back.

Phillip Koo: Yeah. I completely understand. And I think increasing access to this to make it more convenient.

Mr. Monroe: Absolutely. Look, I'm just thankful they called this morning and said, we have a cancellation, can you be here? I said I'm on my way. And I'm just thankful that my job allows me to get up and do that.

Phillip Koo: That's wonderful. So there are lots of medical professionals and patients who will be watching this segment. Do you have any words of advice or encouragement for them from your perspective as someone who has now undergone this therapy?

Mr. Monroe: Well, as I've been battling this for almost seven years, try to stay positive and yes, at times you do get down, but try to stay positive.  Keep yourself busy, and try to maintain as good a shape of your body as you can. And to allow yourself to get up and drive three hours or go somewhere where they need for you to be at a certain time. And I think everything else is going to fall in place with that.

Phillip Koo: Great. Well, thank you so much for your time, and your courage, and just for sharing this experience with all of us across the world.

Mr. Monroe: Thank you, doctor. Thank you.