Hey Guys, glad I found this thread, I'm new to this sight but have spent some time on UsToo over the past few months. I was recently diagnosed in March 2014. I'm 55 years old, had a rising PSA for several years, two previous 12 core biopsys were both negative, just showed some inflamation in the second one, other than that nothing unusual, so I was convinced that it was probably chronic prostatitis. I got away from having biopsies, thinking they were doing more harm than good. I went back to the urologist after a few years when some urinary problems and lower back ache made me suspicious. 3rd biopsy showed Gleason 9 with bone mets and nodes.
Started on Lupron and Casodex immediately upon diagnosis. PSA went from 88.7 to 0.6 after 3 months and most recent PSA after 4 months on HT was 0.2. I will begin IMRT of my prostate next week to eliminate the primary tumor, seems there have been some recent studies showing a survival benefit from eliminating the primary tumor and there is a larger Stampede study looking into this as well. I guess it's a bit out of the norm considering the reluctance that I heard from my urologist but my Radonc, Dr. Stillwagon in ATL feels it would be worthwhile considering my age and health. After doing a lot of research I concluded the same. I want to do everything I can to keep the beast at bay, I don't plan on going anywhere soon, I've got a goal to die of something other than PCa. Since diagnosis I've changed my diet - no red meat, lots of chicken, fish, veggies and fruits, I excercise daily and I'm on the supplement regiment that Snuffy Myers recommends in his book.
The side effects of the HT suck, but if it's keeping me alive I'm willing to deal with it. I'm looking forward to posting with you guys for a long time to come on this site and plan on staying positive and fighting the fight.
7/14 0.2 T <33, DHT <5
History since 2006 high/varying PSA, 2 neg bx
Dx 3/2014 age 55
Bx 9/12 pos, 5 were G9 4+5(100%, 80%, 70%), 2 were G8 and 2 were G7
Mets to my spine, pelvis, ribs,
Mets to multiple lymph nodes