Don't have much time, will fill in details later.
Had first PSA done since last November. It was at 80 plus, had it done Wednesday, came back at 41.x.
Oncologist had told me nearly 4 year ago, that he had a handful of patients like me, with aggressive acting Gleason 7's. It was my first decrease since March of 2009. Said it could be a one time shot, may be related to my mega rapid weight loss, but will take it as a win for now. Asked if he wanted to re-test, he said no need, will test again in 6 months to see if it was a one time shot, or the start of a decline.
He told me way back, that in cases like mine, he had seen PSA reach or exceed 100, then simply stop climbing without any visible mets. Or in rarer cases, backing down. Said we should be guardedly optimistic. And does show how his delayed tactic may have paid off big time, because that was 3 years that I wasn't on HT or any other advanced treatment. And if this decline proves to be true and steady, will buy me some additional time.
Makes me feel strongly that he knew what he was talking about all along. Even if it starts climbing again, will be climbing from 41, instead of what I thought was going to be a PSA of 90-100.
Many of our decisions are educated gambles, and it looks like it may be working.