At age 64 my PSA was 9.4 and my Gleason # was a 9. I had a good crop of Prostate Cancer. I had a radical prostatectomy on December 19, 2005, after which I had 40 treatments of external beam radiation. This was followed by 24 months of Lupron. After all of the above, I got six months of treatment-free life, but the cancer came back.
Now that I am looking back, the one thing I would change is that I would still have it removed but it would be by DaVinci (robotic procedure).
I am 70 now. My prostate cancer came back in 2007 with my PSA hitting 22.6 now on a new test trial at Johns Hopkins called TAK-700. I started Oct 2010 PSA at 17.6 with good results my PSA as of April 2011 is 3.71.
As of 6/28/2011 my PSA is 1.53.
Lots of ankle swelling plus a spike in blood pressure
Get next PSA in Sept.
Post Edited (zufus) : 7/13/2011 3:55:25 PM (GMT-6)
0 - 199
3.6 - 5.2
Total PSA loss=
There was not a Christmas present in the results of my 12/13/2011 PSA.
I had a 63% increase from 1.04 to 1.65
This is my first red flag of the test trial TAK-700.
If I get three consecutive rises (red flags) of least 20% I am out of the trial.
I am doing great.(stay up to 9pm most nights)
I am off most of the meds I had to take with TAK-700.
No furosemide, klor-con, down to 1/4 of blood pressure (118/72 most days) almost no tums.
Waiting for my PSA to start going down, should start in in Sept.
PSA will keep going up for 3 to 4 months till Sept.(I Hope it starts going lower in Sept) It is up from 9.3 to 20.28 today.
Wheels for Prostate Cancer Research, Inc.
Fighting PROSTATE CANCER With PROVENGE
On Wednesday I was the guest of Chesapeake Urology for a visit to the Provenge Plant in N.J.
It was a three hour bus trip but all worth it when I got there. You can not image the planning and thought that went into the building. It is many buildings within a building. Each has it own cleanliness, security, and temperature. The back up generators (5 each) have 15 seconds to come on line when a power outage accurses
I got to see first hand all the steps my blood went through to get it ready to put back in me.
Each step has many checks to make sure my blood gets back to me.(50 million) cell are returned each treatment and I went threw three . I could go on all day with the wonders of Provenge.