Hey folks, just checking in after a week in the sun!!!
I had my monthly appointment this week, a number of changes:
1) First we switched to a Dr at the University of Kansas Cancer Center.
He specializes in PC and has access to more options than our previous general Oncologist.
2) This facility was just
opened in it's current
6 months ago, it a fantastic.
In the waiting room there is a lady with a cart and provides free bottled water, juice etc.
Doesn't sound like much, but a great touch.
3) Because the lab and the treatment room are in the same facility, when they inserted the
temporary port in my hand, they drew blood for all the tests at the same time. Again, not
a big deal, small touch but goes a long way.
4) The treatment room or should I say rooms. These are laid out like cubicles in an office environment.
No more big room with 15 chairs and 15 patients. Each room has a flat panel TV, DVD player, a door that
closes....privacy. This is going to be real important in the future when I have chemo, now it's just a good addition
to the monthly visit.
5) One od the best parts, now I get my PSA results before I leave! Now more waiting for days and placing multiple calls back to the
The bad news, my PSA went up a little bit from 29 last month to 34 this month.
A few factors that we believe may have contributed:
- I was on vacation and was out of routine; no daily work outs
- The week proceeding vacation was perhpas one of the most stressful I have had at
work in years
- The week proceeding vacation I was also working 4+ hours a night on a volunteer project for our church and
therefore sleeping less etc.
That's my story....and I'm sticking to it!!
PSA 219, bone mets, lymph node involvement
Gleason Score: 7