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Date Joined Mar 2008
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   Posted 3/11/2008 5:16 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello all those who read this....
  My father was diagnosed a few years ago with PC.  It has metastized to the bone and we have helped him deal with this.  I came to this site to find some answers about his current treatment.  I have read some of the posts and I question what I know.  Today, my father made the decision to try Taxotere(sp?).  However, his doctor stated that his PSA was 253 two weeks ago and 256 this week.  What I do not understand is, am I hearing this doctor correctly, can PSA's be that high?  Most of the PSA's on this forum are in the double digits lower than 20.  What am I missing?  Are there more than one type of PSA and I am focusing on a particular one?
My father will be 72 this year and was dx'ed maybe in 2004 or 2005, where then his PSA was recorded in the 100's.  Can someone shed some light on this for me.
 Jen - daughter of the strongest man alive....mentally of course!

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   Posted 3/11/2008 5:37 PM (GMT -6)   

For anyone interested in hormone therapy, I always suggest they read the book, "Beating Prostate Cancere: Hormonal Therapy & Diet" by Dr Charles Myers who is one of the few available  experts on the subject.

Dr Myers includes several of his patient case studies which involved PSA readings of 1026 to 3656. He is of the opinion that most men who are diagnosed as "hormone resistant" actually aren't, which translates into prolonged survival.

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   Posted 3/11/2008 9:06 PM (GMT -6)   
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   Posted 3/11/2008 9:15 PM (GMT -6)   

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   Posted 3/12/2008 12:22 AM (GMT -6)   

Dear Jen,

Welcome to the forum!   What a strength you must be for you Dad!  You should be applauded for reaching out to find ways to help him and to gain more understanding.  Bluebird has provided you with some great links to information that may help you in your quest to assist your Dad.

Don't be afraid to seek second and third opinions from health care professionals.

I'm sure on the forum will chime in to lend support as well.

All the best to you and Dad.

Kind regards,



"Idaho" ~ Barry


Da Vinci Surgery July 31, 2007… 54 on surgery day
PSA 4.3  Gleason 3+3=6  T2a  Confined to Prostate

1st PSA  9/11/2007   <0.04 (undetectable)

2nd PSA 12/10/2007  <0.04

My web site: http://pca-info.blogspot.com

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Date Joined Jun 2007
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   Posted 3/15/2008 9:51 AM (GMT -6)   
I'm sorry about your dad. But PSA numbers really do go up very high. My husband's PSA at diagnosis was nearly 2000! Wishing you all the best, Dutchy
Dutchy's husband:
 7/6: PSA 1,946, multiple bone metastases in thoracic, lumbar spine, pelvis, bilateral ribs and proximal left tibia, 2 weeks Casodex (50 mg)
25/6: PSA 407, Lupron injection (22.5 mg) + Zometa (4 mg IV)
20/8: PSA 3,7
24/9: Started 50 mg Casodex daily
29/9: PSA 0.7
30/9: Lupron injection (22.5 mg) + Zometa (4 mg IV)
14/10: PSA 0.17
18/13: PSA 0.003, Lupron injection (22.5 mg), Testosteron 0.6

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