Well, the numbers are high, but there is hope. I too have advanced PCa with bone mets. I have been on Luprone and now on Eligard. I started chemo 4 weeks ago. Two treatments so far and my PSA is staring to drop. I have hope. Your father has hope. Things change so fast in treatments these days. If a treatment can give him one more year, who knows what will come along in that year. You just have to fight. Don't ever give up. We are here to help.
14 months ago I was told that I might not be here today. Well I'm here. I worked today. I had dinner with my wife and I spent time with God. I am here because He wants me her. He wants your father here too. The keys to success are support from family and friends, good doctors who will not quit, my friends at Healing Well, and faith. Faith is the main key. It makes all the little things in life that bothered me in the past disappear. It makes me focus on the real things in life. The important things.
As you study and learn about this monster we call PCa, you will come to not look at averages and time lines. Never put a time on life. The researchers and doctors don't know. The studies are for them, not us. Keep up the fight and come to us when you feel down or want to just talk. We offer love here. You and your father are loved.
Peace, love, and hope.
Age: 55 ( still alive at 55)
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
PSA 12.82 3/1/2008 round one chemo
PSA 12.24 4/2/2008 round two chemo
"I will persist without exception - I will find a way where there is no way"