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Before Treatment

What to ask your treatment team

1
What is the main goal of androgen deprivation therapy?
2
How is FIRMAGON® different than other therapies and how does it work?
3
What is the duration of treatment?
4
How do I keep in regular contact with my treatment team to get a good understanding of my progress?
5
What side effects should I expect?

What to tell your treatment team

1
How often you would like to have progress check-ins
2
How closely you would like to follow your progress
3
The best way for you to stay involved in your treatment plan
4
Medications you are currently taking—prescription and over-the-counter medications, vitamins, and herbal supplements
5
Any medical conditions you have—such as heart, liver, or kidney problems, or problems with the balance of your body salts or electrolytes

What to know about prostate-specific antigen (PSA)

PSA is a protein produced by cells in the prostate gland. When PSA levels are abnormally high on blood tests, it can mean that cells in the prostate gland are damaged.

Because PSA levels are often elevated in men with prostate cancer, it is used to help diagnose it and track the effects of treatment. As part of treatment, you will likely have regular tests to check your PSA level.*

PSA level is a nonspecific measurement that may indicate cancer progression. These results should be evaluated with caution because of the broad range of patient types in the clinical study. No evidence has shown that the speed at which PSA declines is related to clinical benefit. Therefore, PSA level should not be seen on its own as evidence of the effectiveness of FIRMAGON.

WHILE NO PARTICULAR PSA LEVEL IS CONSIDERED “NORMAL” OR “ABNORMAL,” THE CLASSIFICATIONS BELOW ARE OFTEN USED
Chart showing high to low prostate-specific antigen levels
Elevated

>20 ng/mL

Moderately Elevated

>10 to 20 ng/mL

Slightly to Moderately Elevated

>2.5 to 10 ng/mL

Low

0 to 2.5 ng/mL

FIRMAGON began reducing testosterone on day 1 and maintained PSA reduction over 12 months of treatment

Have A Voice

Every month is an opportunity for you to connect with your treatment team

Make monthly visits matter by getting involved in your treatment plan.

I like the regularity of the monthly shot and the chance it gives me to build a relationship with my treatment team.
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