I have just come back from my Urologist/Surgeon for my 16 month PSA - and it is 0.02 - which is less than <0.10 - so I am still in the Zero Club
( even though there is no such thing as an absolute zero )smithmeek.com/zeroclub.jpg
I was expecting the worse - a rise in the PSA which would then lead me to other treatment options - but for now, I am still in remission - and my next PSA appointment is March 24, 2012.
My reason for concern was my weight gain since surgery. Due to depression, incontinence, and other matters, I had not been as active as before and sought solace with food .....
... on the other hand, I did take heed of most of the wonderful pdf book from Princess Margaret Hospital in Toronto, Ontario, Canada- CHALLENGING PROSTATE CANCER - nutrition, exercise and you - a lifestyle guidewww.prostatecentre.ca
I reduced my red meats, increased consumption of fish and seafood - eliminated vegetable or corn oil for cooking ( they help feed PCa) and replaced it with extra virgin olive oil - added a separate vitamin D3 source ( not just the one tagged onto my calcium supplements for osteoperosis /oste
openia ), folic acid, B-12, Omega-3 ( eliminating B-6 which help feed PCa)... oh yes, and a daily 6 oz glass of Soy Beverage and either a Pomegranate Tea or Pomegranate Juice blend drink.
( ducks and covers for the onslaught of the anti-Pom brigade )
I am also on Crestor - a statin - for my cholesterol , which is believed to help reduce the risk of re-occurrence of PCa.
My lifestyle goal this year is to lose 50 lbs by Christmas - which will help with my back and breathing problems and also keep my cholesterol down.
We all know everyone is different, and for those with the similar stats as mine, some have had to take more aggressive post-operative treatments, while others have not.
Years ago, I came up with the concept that the best way to treat Cancer is to treat it like a entity that just wants to survive
in simple terms - it needs food and a home to live.
My concept was - You can defeat it by starving it (reducing what it feeds on - ie.for prostate cancer - testosterone, cholesterol, sugars, etc.... )
You can prevent it from taking hold in your body by use of antioxidents (so it cannot get a foothold and is flushed out of the body - like plaque cells in arteries) and if necessary, by radiation in select areas so it is not a safe place to stop and latch on....) - and the possible use of hormones that control cell growth in the wild (ie. frog and fish sizing in overcrowded ponds) could be used in humans.
I was 16 years old at the time. I wrote to the Cancer Society of Canada - they wrote back saying "they had scientists working on real solutions".... so I left that slip to the wayside...
Regardless of your stats, your pathology, your choice of treatment - keep working at defeating this confusing disease - and if you can, keep telling others about
it and your journey, which may lead someone to an early diagnosis and treatment with less invasive results and side effects ....
- and you may just save a life
- my GP in Toronto did - he called me at home, and got me off my butt (instead of waiting until next year's annual physical) to go to an Urologist - and the rest is history..
- wishing you all the best, and thank you -
Age: 55 - gay with spouse of 14 years, Steve
location: Peterborough, Ontario, Canada
PSA: 10/06/09 - 3.86
Biopsy: 10/16/09- 6 of 12 cancerous samples, Gleason 7 (4+3)
Radical Prostatectomy: 11/18/09
Pathology: pT3a -Gleason 7 -extraprostatic extension -perineural invasion -prostate weight -34.1 gm
PSA: 04/08/10 -0.05 -Zero Club
PSA: 09/23/10 -0.05 -Zero Club
PSA: 03/24/11 -0.02 -Zero Club
Post Edited (tatt2man) : 3/24/2011 9:03:43 AM (GMT-6)