I have been taking statins for over 10 years now. Cholesterol numbers are good but PSA was up there prior to treatment. Have not had a PSA post treatment yet. I also read an article that indicated statins might improve the outcome for radiation patients. Article did not elaborate just one of those teaser lines with the "further research is indicated" disclaimer. Research never seems to reach a definitive conclusion. Unless you are a mouse. Several articles I have read indicate some treatments with very good results in mice. I had no idea that our medical profession and pharmaceutical industry were so concerned about the health of mice. I learn something new everyday.
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