I have been on hormones foe 32 months. I have very little to add to the first reply about
What I do have to add is this. Dont wait on a good Dr. appt to make plans with your wife. Live your life with all your heart. Cancer is a scary word. It is so scary that it often causes people to stop living and start dying. Wake up early and listen to the birds. Love with all your heart. Treasure each day. It is not the quantity of life it is the quality. Today I cannot be cured. Maybe tommorrow I can be. Maybe not. I wont waste today worrying about
what may or may not happen. I know this sounds hard but I lerned early on that all people are terminal. Nobody knows when they will breathe thier last breath. A week after my dx, I jumped off a 40 foot span into the local swimming hole. I used to be afraid to do so when I was younger. There I was standing on that bridge with all those kids looking at me wierd. I went for it and when I hit the water I felt all my fears wash away. I also felt a huge wedgy.
Age at dx: 42 age now 45
Treated for sciatic nerve pain 6 months prior to dx.
Heavy amount of blood in urine Unable to urinate
Lung x-ray for pnumonia revealed multiple lesions in each lung
P.S.A. at time of dx. 3216.14
Began lupron and casodex
Cat scan showed large mass in the pelvic area affecting the bladder multiple nodules in both lungs and lymph node envolvement.
Bone scan revealed possible bone involvment in the pelvic area
Biopsy 12 of 12 cores positive gleason 3+4=7
P.S.A.s since lupron 2946, 1274, 532, 5.01 1.23, .09
Begining jan 08 psa .o9, .25, .44, .86, .73, 1.34, 1.49. Doubling time is a little over 3 months
Cat Scan 12/12/08 Prostate normal size and shape. No tumors detected. Left lung clear of all nodules right lung showing only benign scar tissue. Lymph nodes normal
Bone Scan 12/24/08. Clean!!!