I had the CTC done when it was just coming out. My results were 0. They told me that it is a good test but mostly to detect metastatic density in the blood stream. Since I had a PSA of <0.1 we expected a 0. The test becomes more valuable in metastatic HRPC. At this point there is little clinical value to it because it does not give us any indication that a change in protocol is needed, but the value it does have is that it can tell us if the density of circulating tumor cells is fluctuating and in what direction.
Advanced Prostate Cancer at age 44 (I am 48 now)
pT3b,N0,Mx (original PSA was 19.8) EPE, PM, SVI. Gleason 4+3=7
RALP ~ 2/17/2007 at the City of Hope near Los Angeles.
Adjuvant Radiation Therapy ~ IMRT Completed 8/07
Adjuvant Hormone Therapy ~ 28 months on Casodex and Lupron.
"I beat up this disease and took its lunch money! I am in remission."
I am currently not being treated, but I do have regular oncology visits.
I am the president of an UsTOO chapter in Las Vegas
Blog : www.caringbridge.org/visit/tonycrispino