I've been following your posts since you first posted at this site. Your stats are very close to mine.
I've been doing AS for over a year now and as others have stated you have to be active in treating your disease. My doctor has me work on three things which he believes are the most important in preventing the PCa from growing:
Looking at the information in your signature, I'd guess that you are probably overweight at 200 lbs. and a height of 5'8"...unless you are a body builder. Working on improving your diet and getting steady exercise are two areas you can easily work on.
The third area, stress, is probably the most difficult due to the times we are living in. (My job is very stressful, but I've learned to just accept what is happening at work and try not to get overly involved in things when I can.) It sounds like dealing with stress may be difficult for you, also. (Especially when I read about
your sleepless nights concerning your thoughts about
PCa.) You have to change your mindset about
your disease in order to lower your stress levels about
it. You have to see that you are combating and fighting the disease and stop second guessing your decision to be on AS. (As John T stated you can always seek out other treatments if the information you gather as time goes on leads you into a different direction.)
See that by doing AS you are actually winning against the disease and that the disease is not progressing at a rapid rate. Keep getting your PSa tests on a regular basis, monitor the results, and enjoy your life each day because many people (and I can think of many people on this board) are going through much more difficult ordeals with dealing with their PCa.
Age: 53 6' 0" Weight: 170 Caucasian
Rising PSA over the last six years (from when I started being tested) from 3.9 to 5.2 to 4.6 to 4.5 to 4.9.
DX with PC in January 2009 after biopsy. Bone scan--negative
Consulted Cedars-Sinai Beverly Hills urologist--recommended surgery
Consulted Cedars-Sinai Beverly Hills radiologist--recommended IMRT
Consulted San Diego Cyber-Blade doctor--recommended treatments
Consulted Long Beach radiologist--recommended IGRT
Consulted Loma Linda radiologist--recommended Hypo-fractionated Proton treatments
Insurance approved any treatment I wanted.
Consulted Marnia del Rey urologist Dr. Scholz.
Dr. Scholz referred me to Dr. Bahn for a Color Doppler test.
Scholz and Bahn recommended Active Surveillance, some diet changes, and steady exercise.
I am currently on Active Surveillance.
Post Edited (Franchot) : 4/13/2010 12:27:06 AM (GMT-6)