My birthday celebration is over, had the whole gang over for a bbq, was good, helped take my mind off of PC for a few hours a little.
Now my mind is racing again, thinking of eveyrthing the Radiation Oncologist, my wife, and I talked about today. He wanted me to start the process this very week, on Thursday. I did have enough sense to say no to that, but he wants to have the next appt. next week.
What I am wondering, is how much time would be safe to wait, before moving on to salvage radiation. The dr. said the threshold for it to have any chance of working is .50 PSA or less.
At 8 months out from surgery, my PSA is .11.
Don't know if I am just scared, or am I being rushed into still another treatment with lots of positive talk of course, from a Cancer Center that obviously would love to have me for 35 sessions and full health insurance. I never used to be that cynical, but after what I learned today, now feeling paranoid.
I wouldn't want to miss my only window of opportunity for a salvage rad cure, but am I being led to jump the gun with the PSA being .11?
Need some good help here.
Deeply concerned in SC, David
56, 56 at DX, PSA
7/7 5.8, 7/8 12.3,9/8 14.5
3rd Biopsy Sept 08: Positive 7 of 7 cores, 40-90%, Gleason 7, 4+3
Open RP surgery 11/14/8, Right nerves spared, 4 days hospital, staples out 11/24/8, 5th cath out on 1/19/9
Post-surgery Pathlogy Report:Gleason 3+4=7, pT2c, 42 grm, tumor 20%, Contained in capsular, clear margins, clear lymph nodes
First PSA Post Surgery 2/9 .05, 5/9 .10, 6/9 .11, July 13 - meet with radiation oncologist
Post Edited (Purgatory) : 7/13/2009 9:24:22 PM (GMT-6)