I first posted to this site six months ago in an effort to understand my situation and the experiences of others affected by PCa. The responses from this forum were very enlightening and helpful to me as were the references to information resources. To all of the members of this forum I would like to express my gratitude for sharing your experiences. I have completed my radiation treatment today and I am continuing the hormone regimen until 01/12/2010. I am looking forward to a return of some semblance of normality to my life. It will be, no doubt, an interesting time for the next few years.
I especially appreciate the words of encouragement on a few occasions where I was a bit down. Most of those encouraging words were posted as a reply to someone else but held meaning for me as well. Glad to say that my mood is as optimistic as always and I feel quite good about the future.
Again, thanks for sharing and caring.
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
PSA test on July 14, 08 after 8 weeks hormone .82
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.
Completed IMRT/IGRT 09/11/08.
Second Lupron shot 09/11/08
Next PSA test by oncologist 03/09