Well the past 3 weeks have brought a few more follow up doctor appointments to validate my PSA after it decided to make a reappearance after two undetectable readings following surgery in January of 07. The decision has been made to begin salvage radiation begining this Monday April, 14 2008 after my last PSA stood at .4. My doctors feel optimistic of my chances that this plan of action can address this rising PSA. They feel this way because of my post surgery pathology report looked good with no other involvement outside the prostate and it was contained. They had warned me this was possible because there was an area that it had spread to the margin but not escaped. I don't take anything for granted but feel very lucky to have found out I have this cancer when I did and have been able to take the action I have to date. They tell me if it truly is microscopic cells left behind in the prostate bed area, and they hit the right spot my outcome should be good but it's if it's really there and they hit it and only time will tell.
I begin 36 week day treatments this Monday and will begin a new weekly up-date so those facing this same situation can see how this next phase treats me. I look forward to getting this next stage started and completed and I know it can and will be sucessful. They also told me it could take as long as 6 to 12 months to really know if the treatment was a success as in some cases it takes that long for the PSA to drop to undetectable and that's what they want to see.
I am still a lucky guy for many reasons, great family, friends, co-workers and the caring folks that provide support on this site, thank you all.
Age 49, PSA 6.22 on 9-26-06
Biopsy 11-01-06, 2 of 13 cores 10% cancer, 2 other cores abnormal Up-dated 20% prostate cancerous
Gleason score 3+3=6 After Pathology report 4+3=7 a couple agressive Grade 5 cells found
Da Vinci surgery 01-09-07 UW Madison
Pathology Report- cancer 100 % capsual contained 1-18-07
Catheter removed 1-18-07 suffered bladder spasms Catheter reattached 1-18-07 Catheter removed 2nd time 1-24-07
1st & 2nd Post PSA Blood Test .1 and less - Undetectable
3nd Post PSA Blood Test 01-17-07 .3-Next action awaits me.
Next PSA Scheduled and meeting with Radiologist set for 3-27-08
Incontenence-Pad free since end of May 07 4 1/2 months post surgery
ED back to 95% prior to surgery - no medication required.