SIX YEARS Post-Diagnosis..... update 10/24/2019
And I am still going strong!
PSA is still <0.1 (coming up on 5 years undetectable), all scans are clear, no signs of new bone mets or LN progression - God is so good!
Still on Zytiga/Prednisone daily, Lupron 6-month dose and still taking X-geva.
I get bloodwork every 3 months, scans every 6 months now.
Side-effects are the same, still same activity-levels. Run regularly, but I do bruise easily. If I happen to miss a prednisone dose, I will feel it in being more easily tired/drained.
I joined two genetic studies, where they took blood and analyzed my genes for any known cancer-causing gene variants. Out of almost 80 known genes tested, I had no known cancer-causing gene variants.which is a good sign for my son.
Another study took my genetic information and is now looking at pharmacogenetics, where they study gene associations with certain drug actions (not all drugs act the same in all patients, partly due to genetics). It's more focused on pure research.
And so I'm still here and still feeling so very blessed! My son is sophomore at University (Elec. Engineering) and my wife and I renewed our marriage vows this year, after 22 years!
Keep on keeping on!
PSA: 56.4 8/26/2013
Dx: 9/17/2013 age 49
T3 N2 M1 Stage IV Gleason 7-9 in all cores
CT pelvic LN
Bone Scan distal metastasis
PSA: 33 10/1/2013
PSA: 9.7 10/27/2013
PSA: 1.0 1/2014 Began X-Geva
PSA: 0.75 2/2014
PSA: 0.81 3/25/2014 + enlarged LN
PSA: 1.0 4/2014 3xProvenge tx
PSA: 0.73 5/2014 Zytiga+Prednis.
PSA: 0.22 6/2014
PSA: <0.1 2/2015 to current
Post Edited (jcjames) : 10/25/2019 10:40:56 AM (GMT-6)