My journey started in 2005 at age 54. Following cryosurgery in April 2006 (for which the subsequent nadir was a PSA of 0.2), it was basically watchful waiting until August of this year where my PSA increased to 12.5 from 8.0 just six months earlier. A month later my PSA was 13.5 and recent bone scans indicate small spots in each of my shoulder blade, my 7th rib and possibly in my right knee joint (a further x-ray of my knee will be made next week). Going on Casodex tomorrow and Lupron in the third week of this month.
I'm scared but coming on here gives me so much more optimism than just thinking the worst all of the time. I am prepared and, while i WILL be seeking an oncologist to join my "team," my urologist is a wonderful man who breeds optimism. He was even willing to listen to and realistically consider giving me a low dose estrodial patch to circumvent, to the degree possible, hot flashes and bone loss. We have put further discussion of this for another day. Getting the Lupron shot right now is the primary goal.
I have been on this site before and I will post again in the future. I love you all!
BTW: for those who may say why did I not attack this sooner, I wouldn't trade the QOL that I have had during the past ten years for anything. The PSA movements (some of which were actually downward) and doubling times were not that concerning and I do not believe that going on hormonal therapy, say 5 or 6 years ago would have extended my overall life expendency that much. I will NOT look back!
Post Edited (JoeyG) : 11/2/2016 2:31:14 PM (GMT-6)