Theranostics: A new treatment for prostate cancer patient John

How a new personalized treatment approach changed the course of John's disease.

Sameh Fahmy
Published on November 1, 2023

After John was first diagnosed with prostate cancer 15 years ago, his doctors prognosis was no more than three years. John’s endurance, along with a new personalized treatment approach, Theranostics, changed the trajectory of his disease.

Prostate cancer patient John and his wife Mary enjoying a coffee in the kitchen.

A new alternative for John 

John began his treatment in April 2022. He experienced some nausea and vomiting after his first treatment, but those side effects quickly abated. The morning after his first treatment, his wife Mary was surprised to see him in the kitchen, making breakfast. “I couldn’t believe it,” she recalls. “He said, ‘Mary, would you like some breakfast?’ And I said, ‘Well, of course!’

An almost comfortable routine

Imaging and laboratory diagnostics play a vital role in post-therapy monitoring and follow-up. John says that in addition to increases in physical stamina—like his ability to climb stairs without becoming winded—he soon began to notice an improvement in his mental and emotional state. “It has a psychological effect on you to feel like you’re unable to do anything, and your self-worthiness gets so low,” he says.

Joseph Osborne, MD, (left) with Mary and prostate cancer patient John.

“The concept of theranostics has been around for decades, but it’s really become actionable and exciting now because there are several prospective clinical trials showing a huge benefit,” says Joseph R. Osborne, MD, PhD, Chief of Molecular Imaging and Therapeutics, and Professor of Radiology at a leading academic institution’s hospital in New York City, USA, who oversees John’s treatment. 

Osborne emphasizes that patients such as John can gain not just longevity from theranostics, but also dramatically improved overall health.

John is now back to everyday tasks that he simply did not have the energy for before. He has even been able to travel again. He continues to see his physicians for regular follow-up and monitoring, and he and his wife both emphasize how grateful they are.
Prostate cancer patient John (right) and his wife Mary.

By Sameh Fahmy
Sameh Fahmy, MS, is an award-winning freelance medical and technology journalist based in Athens, Georgia, USA.