Technically I am a member of the Zero Club. My PSA is < .01 now that I've had adjuvant RT and HT. So while I'm on my HT "vacation," it is incredibly unlikely that my PSA will become detectable. But in six months when the HT stops, all bets are off.
I can hope, of course. But I am sure I will never consider myself a true member of the club. No matter how long I see "undetectable" results, I know that my PSA did start to rise after surgery, and there is a 60 percent chance it will come back. In fact, the more I read about
radiation resistance and androgen independence, especially with aggressive PCa, the less confidence I have that the radiation + HT will give my cancer a knockout punch.
I don't mean to disparage others who find meaning in being a member of the club. To me, however, the club door always revolves to the outside. I'll listen to the joyous music and happy voices reverberating through the walls, raise a toast from the outside, and wish you all the best.
Age 60 Gleason 9
1/10 PSA 14.7
5/10 Bx: Gleason 3+4
8/4/2010 RRP: Gleason 4+5; Positive Margins, PNI
Incontinence: N/A; ED: 70%
Until 4/11, PSA <.01; 4/11: .01; 6/11: .03
ADT3 started 7/20; WPRT 39 sessions ended 10/14:
Pelvic lymph nodes: 45 Gy; Fossa 66 Gy; Prostate bed: 71.5 Gy.
Post Edited (Riviere) : 2/8/2012 11:39:20 AM (GMT-7)