Your post touches my “wound” deeply. I am on that way and will be jumping into that bandwagon soon.
However, when considering other types of treatment as substitutes of HT we come with empty hands. In ten years of survival I haven’t seen anything new that could assure me a remission. More yet, I actually see more guys caring for the treatment of the side effects than to the treatment of the cancer itself.
Treatment Protocols start having a certain sense in me. After RP, then RT and now HT, that makes just part of it. If lucky of surviving any cardiovascular problem or metabolic syndrome, I might consider then a dose of chemo too, just to extend the days under the sun. Let’s be careful and be prepared in advance for what it may come.
Wishing you the best in your advents.
Age: 50 at Dx on May/2000; PSA=22.4;
Asymptomatic; Negative DRE and MRI & Bone scan
6x cores biopsy positive; Gleason (2+3)=5
RP surgery performed Aug/2000 Dr Komatsu, Toranomon, Tokyo
Voluminous tumor; seminal vesicles & pelvic lymph nodes (9) negative; capsular penetration
Adenocarcinoma, well-differentiated; pT3apN0
Post-op lowest PSA=0.18 on Oct/2000;
Mar/2001 PSA=0.42 Biochemical Failure; Classified as Micro Metastasis
Watchful Waiting until PSA=3.55 on Sep/2005 (doubling average of14 months)
Nov/2006 SRT (3D IMRT; 68Gy in 37 fractions) Dr G. Vieira, CRMN, Portugal
Post RT PSA=2.28 on Jan/2007
Feb/2008 lowest nPSA=0.05
Aug/2008 MRI negative to metastasis
May/2009 Biochemical recurrence PSA=0.26
Aug/2010 PSA=0.79 (doubling time of 8 months)
Ten years Asymptomatic ; never incontinent
ED since RP; Anorectic symptoms during first year after SRT