Hi Folks. My 1st Post Op PSA was "0.1" - the lowest they record where I was at for this initial assessment. Just had my 3 month per my radiation oncologist, using ultra sensitive (as I had asked for and he agreed made sense) and got the result 2 minutes ago "looks like less than .1, can't get any lower than that" is how they described it.
So, that is a good feeling. My wife and family will be happy to get my next call.
Question. I have my meeting with my Rad Onc next week. He was pretty honest with me saying that he understood why I might want to hold off having RT, how the damage done can be a quality of life issue. Based on my stats, understanding there were pos margins, a 4+3 Gleason on pathology.. I think most would opt to go in an get the rest.
What say of of those here?
By The Way, I continue to be amazed at the strength and courage displayed by so many of you here. I promise that you are collectively in my thoughs and prayers. We are in the world together. It is bigger than any of us individually.
First ever PSA test Jan 2010 @ 51 years old. 4.0.
Digital exam in March 2010 showed 1 side hard, other soft.
Biopsy, positive in 3 of 12.
Davinci @ Boston Medical Center, May 17, 2010.
Was suggested prior to it was likely contained.
June 1 advised 3+-4 was really 4+3 per pathology. Pos margins.
Listed on patholgy as PT3, but with extraprostatic extension,
microscopic invasion of the bladder neck, PT3A is perhaps the case.
Catheter removed June 1.. 1 pad/day, doing ok. ED, but not in rush.
Sore as heck down there, but doing much walking with my wife.
To meet with my Uri (1st meeting since) June 17 - 1 mo point, to discuss.
BMC already has me setup to meet with radiology.
Felling a little better each day. Cant tell if my expectancy just went from 10-15 down to 5-7, the information out there appears to be all over the place. I WILL NOT radiate my insides to the point of being a veg for the sake of a few years. QOL is primary to me. Selfish I guess. I pray for all of you as I do for myself, but must remember that i've had a pretty good 50+ years, and know others who have lost their children to disease.. so I dont have the nerve to complain! Update 7/14/2010: When I tried changing this sig a few days after creating it, system was broken. My new rad oncologist are discussing IMRT.. though he says he can see why waiting a bit and watching the PSA on super sensitive basis might make sense. I am leaning towards IMRT.. thinking is my body is pretty strong now, i'm 51, and if I can rid my body of this while trying to minimize the side effects.. I dunno. No really Good answers. When I said I didnt want radiation to the point of being a veg.. I really meant there is a limit as to where I wish to go in order to realize only a small increase in life expectancy.. and not that I am an unreasonable person. I do, after all, have an obligation to my wife and kids.