OK, here's my latest update.
In 1 week, I will be getting a QCT bone density scan. My understanding is this will be quick and painless. No needles or prep -- just 5 minutes under the gun and the radiation amount isn't too bad either.
In 2 weeks, on the same day I will get a whole body bone scan and a CT-scan of the abdomen and pelvis using oral and IV contrast. I guess I'm supposed to pick up the "prep" beforehand. When they said "prep" I said oh crap. I thought it was a bowel prep, but I guess it is just a contrast. Supposedly I do the prep and then start off with an injection (I guess for the bone scan) and later the IV. Can some of you elaborate on what's involved. Am I correct about the prep (the scheduling person didn't explain it too well).
In about 3 weeks I will meet for the first time with a local medical oncologist to go over the results of all these tests.
At about that time I will do one more PSA and I may do one more telephone consultation with Dr. Scholz or his partner, Dr. Lam, just to discuss HT and any last-minute concerns I have. Maybe I'll get a miracle and the PSA will stabalize (and hence no HT -- hey, I can dream on!)