Hey Jeff......Your point/advice is well-taken, believe me. Since my levels of iron (12---look that value up for a man), zinc and Vit. D-3 are all low, the plan is to bring those 3 up to snuff and see where and what that begets. That won't happen overnight, and should take me to the 2-year mark. At that point, we'll reassess and decide on "to T or not to T"..........I don't think my uro would be willing to even entertain if my path results weren't as good as they are. That said, there is still a risk, and we will factor into the decision. My serum T is in the low 300's and my free % is way low (1.24%)-----my argument is that there is enough T for a PCa cell to latch onto, given that cell saturation of the stuff occurs around 150. I'm in that twilight zone range where I'm not experiencing hot flashes and night sweats, but my other symptoms of no libido, muscle wasting, fatigue are all evident. The hope is that the vit/mineral supplementation will have enough positive effect, systemically, that perhaps we won't have to cross the T bridge----------time will tell.
Arnie in DE
Age 56 (biopsy & surgery)
PSA at Diagnosis-3.9
Biposy 8/19/08--4 of 12 cores positive; 5% involvement, Gleason 6 (3+3)
Surgery 1/26/09-DaVinci Robotic Prostatectomy at Presbyterian Medical Center/HUP-Phila, PA
Dr. David Lee
Pathology Report- Adenocarcinoma, no capsular involvement, seminal vesicles clear, lymph nodes clear, negative margins, Gleason 7 (3+4), Stage T2C, NO MX, Prostate 61.8 grams, gland involvement 2-10%
Catheter removed after 8 days, totally dry at 3 months. ED issues continue, Viagra (via ADC) nightly (100mgs), VED use in earnest at 6 months. "Ball Park Frank" plumping at this point......ED at 10 months continues to improve, albeit slowly. Continued daily use of 100mg Viagra (ADC). Discontinued pump use; manual stimulation to varying states of erections; achieved penetratable erection on a couple of occasions----At 13 months, nocturnal erections are frequent. Still taking 100mg of ADC Viagra nightly. Libido still in the dumper, but working on it with doctors.
3 month PSA--<0.1
6 month PSA--<0.1
10 month PSA--<0.1
18 month PSA--<0.1