Ten years ago this week I received the news that I had prostate Cancer, with a PSA of 10. The next week I had a 16 sample biopsy, and it showed I had a cancer in 12 of the samples. I am one of the lucky ones, when they removed my prostate, my PSA was 11 but it had not spread, even though with 65% of the organ filled with cancer, by most norms it should have spread. Last week I had my blood draw for my annual PSA test and exam, and had a little worry, the past five years it has been less than .03, and this year was less than .1 . My Urologist explained that Blue Cross makes them use Lab Corp and they do not use the more sensitive test that I have had in the past, so the good news is I'm still undetectable.
Even though it's been ten years, I still lurk nd check in to see how everyone is doing. I cheer at your success and cry with the guys who lose a battle, but know that I keep all of you in my heart and wish you all find a way to tame or beat the beast.
Drinks are on me today!
PSA 10 June 2007
Biopsy July 2, 15 of 16 samples positive
prostate weighed 40 grams
Di Vinci 10/09/07, four hours on table, 3 in recovery
Total time in Hospital: 29 hours, 3+4=7
Record for Dr. Lance, 65% of prostate had cancer, but NO spread, clean margins,Clean nodes,
First PSA at 5 weeks, UNDETECTABLE!
Update, 06/08/16, less than .03, undetectable.