I was talking with a friend shortly after my own diagnosis and start of IMRT. She mentioned that her father had radiation treatment for prostate cancer at age 70 over 28 years ago. I asked if that is what he died from. She said he was still going and living on his own. Her mother is 96. I am sure that he would disagree with limiting his prospects for longevity to the average. She did say he has slowed down a bit after falling off of the roof while making some repairs at 92.
PSA 21.5 (first and only test resulted from follow up visit to emergency room for kidney stone. first time for kidney stone too)
Gleason 4 + 3
DRE palpable tumor on left side
100% of 12 cores positive for PCa range 35% to 85%
Bone scan clear
Chest x ray clear
CT scan shows potential lymph node involvement in pelvic region
Started Casodex on May 2 and stopped on June 1, 2008
Lupron injection on May 15 and every four months for next two years
Started IMRT/IGRT on July 10, 2008. 45 treatments scheduled
First 25 to be full pelvic for a total dose of 45 Gray to lymph nodes.
Last 20 to prostate only. Total dose to prostate 81 Gray.