I guess we will call this update IIa.
We started chemo (taxetere) last Wednesday. So far so good. Only real side effect has been a slow loss of taste and some fatigue. One thing that was strange. I got my lab results today from last Wednesday. Prior to the start of chemo my PSA went down from 14 to 12.82. I guess we scared it some. I have noticed an increase in back pain over the past few weeks and my use of hyrocodone has gone up from one per day to around 3 to 4. It is working, though. The prednisone has had it's effects. Face is rounder (polite for fat) and weight has increased. I finally hit the weight I wished I had back when I played football. Played safety, but was always a linebacker at heart. 6'-1" 222lbs. now. It was hard to play linebacker at 180lbs.
Anyway, my spirits are still high and we will beat the monster. Just wanted to keep everyone up to speed on my journey. Love you all. I wish a very blessed Easter to all. Our special music at church last Sunday had one very special song. One for all of us. "Stand and Shout"
Keep shoutin' and spread the word. We can all make a difference and kill this beast.
Love and War Eagle to all,
PSA 43 7/2005
Biopsy 12/14 Gleason 7 & 9
Divinci 9/2005 - spread to bladder
HT - 10/2005 (Eligard every 6 months)
RT - 10/2005 (38 treatments)
PSA 0.12 to 1.9 2/2007
Bone Scan and CT 4/2007 Bone mets
Zometa infusions 4/2007
PSA 4.8 8/2007
PSA 6.34 12/2007
Radiation (15 treatments) started on bone mets 12/2007
PSA 6.72 1/2008
PSA 8.23 2/2008 - Starting prednisone for 30 days
PSA 14 2-29-2008 - start chemo on 3/12
"I will persist without exception - I will find a way where there is no way"