Posted 11/14/2008 7:28 AM (GMT -7)
Yesterday I acheived my 6-month zero. Since I was a Gleason 9 with a T3a tumor, my doctor said I was in the high-risk category at the 3-month mark, but now I am in his moderate-to-high risk category.
He said every time you score a zero you are separating yourself from the pack, and heading toward no recurrance.
He said - according to his own statistics - that a zero at 6 months means that even if my prostate cancer comes back, I have about a 10% of dying from it - even at my "young" age (52).
My anatomy PhD wife - who knows too much - said she was finally able to exhale. Me? 3-4 months ago the doctor said "negative margins and zero PSA is all you need to know," so I've just been dumb and happy ever since.
I have taken on a less stressful job, my wife is doing a great job of feeding me properly, I'm still short on the exercise but I'm trying to get better, so I can't complain.
I don't know how these stats measure up to what you guys have been told, but I just thought I'd pass them along.
Live long and prosper,
March 2006: PSA 2.5
Dec 2007: PSA taken for insurance application. I did not see the results until late Jan '08 - after I was rejected. Their lab said PSA 4.5. PSA again in Feb '08: 3.7.
March 2008: Biopsy. Gleason 7 (4+3) 12 cores taken. 5 on the left side were cancerous and the 6th did not look good.
May 5, 2008: Da Vinci robotic laparoscopy at GW Hospital, Washington DC.
Post op: Gleason 9 (4+5). 15% of prostate involved. Stage: pT3a. Negative margins. Lymph nodes and associated glands all appear to be cancer free.
July 2008: PSA at 7 weeks was undetectable.
August 2008: PSA at 14 weeks (3 months) was undetectable.