I would like to recommend an extraordinary book to the men on this forum-- The Sense of an Ending
by Julian Barnes. This novel was the winner of the Man Booker Prize for literature in England, and is the wonderfully written story of a man in his comfortable sixties who is called upon to confront his past and current life. The story is not specifically about
PCa, but I imagine many of us upon diagnosis have also undergone a kind of review and summing up of our lives. I belong to an all men monthly book group, some gay, some straight, most of us post 60, and every man loved this book. Not lengthy, I could not put it down and read through in a single sitting. Then I re-read a few weeks later. Here is one excerpt which perhaps many of us can relate to:
"Later on in life, you expect a bit of a rest, don't you? You think you deserve it. I did, anyway. But then you begin to understand that the reward of merit is not life's business."
Best wishes to all!
11/09 DaVinci surgery upstate NY; nerve bundle taken; clean margins, clean seminal vessels, no incontinence, no erections.
06/11 PSA re-emerged.
Time to recurrence 18 months
Three month doubling time (summer 2011).
PSA rose from .07 on 06/11 to .17 on 11/11.
09/11 hernia surgery to repair hernia resulting from the DaVinci.
10/11 Moved management of my case to Memorial Sloan-Kettering in New York City.
12/11 Started hormones (Lupron/Casodex).
02/12 Began radiation (SRT), including pelvic lymph. 40 sessions.
04/12 Finished SRT.
03/12 Last Lupron shot.
07/12 PSA and testosterone "undetectable."
01/13 PSA “undetectable”; testosterone (T) level at 452 ng/dl.
07/13 PSA “undetectable”; testosterone (T) level at 444 ng/dl.
Currently receiving no treatment.