Hi all. Just wanted to give you a quick update and ask for some feedback as well.
I received 37 daily radiation treatments and completed them late in May. Last Thursday I went in to get my post PSA reading.
The good news is that my PSA has not gone up after the treatments. Before the treatments it had doubled between the last two PSA readings, and had been on the rise for the last several PSA readings. On the other hand, it is a little disappointing to me that my PSA has not gone down either. It is the same as it was before my treatments. I will go back in August for my next PSA test. I sure hope that it has dropped by then.
My Dr said that it can take up to a year for the radiation treatments to have their full effect. He also said that it is not unusual for the PSA to take some time before it goes down.
Can anyone provide me with their history regarding their PSA results after radiation treatments?
On another topic;
The cost for radiation treatments really surprised me. After the first month of treatments, I received a hospital bill for over $38K and several Dr bills for several thousand each… I thought, wow, that really cost a lot.. I was really floored when I received another hospital bill the second month which was over $38K along with the weekly Dr bills for many thousands more.
I am sure glad that I had a job which provided me insurance. Regardless, by the end of March I had not only paid my entire year’s deductible, but also exhausted the entire year’s out-of-pocket maximum.
What about all those people out there that don’t have a job or insurance. Hearth care should not be a “for profit” institution that is only made available to those that can afford it.
Diagnosis Results – Oct 31, 2007;
•Age – 53 (turned 54 in Nov 2007)
•PSA is 3.83
•Gleason's Grade - 3+3=6, T1C
Surgery Dec 11, 2007;
•Cancer confirmed on Right mid and Left apex
•Both nerve bundles spared, some damage to the Left bundle.
•30 day PSA, .01
•90 day PSA, .00
•Latest PSA, .12
•ED treatments: Levitra, Cialis, Trimix, Erect Aid pump, Penile Implant on 3/12/2009