I have been seeing some new faces, too many, over the last couple months that have been diagnosed with advanced disease (locally or metastatic). A lot of positive margin guys. I am sorry about your pathologies, I am one of you. I am approaching my second year living with the "bad" pathology. But I am doing well and will have a battery of tests this Wednesday followed by another Lupron shot. I will post those results here as soon as I get them. When I found out about my condition I decided to be very "online" about my disease. Many of you veterans have probably heard my story way too much. For 6 months I moderated this forum and I am now into prostate cancer advocacy groups. There are many big time advocates at TNPCIL and I have learned quite a bit from them. When you guys post something new or informational, I try to see if I can go to some sites by these folks and get detailed information to supplement your posts. The most contraversial stage in prostate cancer is stage 3. Stage 4 means HT, RT, and its pretty straight forward. Stage 3 is almost the same except that many doctors don't explain what all the options are. That surprises me. Even if one treatment to another won't always have difinitive results, you should still be offered all of the options. I was lucky, all of my staff stated their position, and in many cases, as expected, recommended their compitency. But through the net I found that my odds were improved by using a combination of adjuvant therapies. It wasn't a lot, but hey, if it was shown to help I was doing it. I stopped at adjuvant Taxotere because of my fear of neuropathy. I love being a musician and I didn't want to lose the fingers...OK, back on topic. There are studies that show adjuvant versus salvage treatments are working better.
I am posting this blog from Mike Scott at The "New" Prostate Cancer InfoLink about
adjuvant treatments of advanced stage guys. Click Here to see it!
I have received some Email from a couple of you, so this might be redundant to you. Hang in there I can really be redundant!
Age 46 (44 when Dx)
Pre-op PSA was 19.8
Surgery on Feb 16, 2007 @ The City of Hope
Post-Op Pathology: Gleason 4+3=7, positive margins, Extra Prostatic Extension (EPE)
Bilateral seminal vesicle invasion (SVI); Stage pT3b, N0, Mx
HT began in May, '07 with Lupron and Casodex 50mg (2 Year ADT)
IMRT radiation for 38 Treatments ending August 3, '07
Current PSA (May 9 '08): <0.1 ~ Undetectable!
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