I suffer big time PSA anxiety every time I go in....I'm on an every six month check, and I start to feel the butterflies about a month ahead. I get the draw done a couple of days ahead of my visit so I can hear the result directly from my doctor. I'm being treated for high blood pressure and its always really high when a I go in.... But that wonderful sense of relief when they give you the undectable reading is hard to beat.
I think we've all learned from our cancer experineces to not take the good in our life for granted. PSA recurrence is not a death sentence...especially first go round after primary treatment where there's still a good shot of it being still localized or residual disease. Having exhausted local treatment, I know a PSA recurrence for me at this time points more toward systematic disease... which probably is not curable -- BUT not neccessarily terminal either!
This thing IS going to be fully curable some day.... even if we get systematic recurrence, I'd be willing to bet that there are many on this board who will live to see the day where we'll see that cure in action! Keep the faith, borthers, keep the faith!
Age 47 - pre-surgery PSA 39
Open Radical Prostatectomy 6/9/2006
Pathological Stage T3a, Positive Surgical Margin
PSA rose to .24 in November of 2006
6 month hormone therapy initiated December 1. 2006
36 sessions of IMRT Ended Feb 1, 2007
PSA as of May 25, 2007 undetectable
PSA as of November 29, 2007 undetectable
PSA as of May 14, 2008 undetectable
Next PSA November of 2008