Good luck with your PSA's Noggin and Larry. I've already had two since completing ART with spectacular results (0.00) ... of course, these are probably suppressed to some extent by the ongoing HT. My next PSA will be July and it probably won't be truly accurate until after the Lupron has worn off sometime next year (2019).
People who have never been on HT have NO IDEA what it's like. The ladies scoff that it's just like their menopause. And men don't realize just how much their lives are actually controlled by their endless supply of testosterone.
Now I'm wondering what life will be like after Lupron, as I've learned how to deal with the hot flashes, become somewhat accustomed to the brain fog and even seeing some advantages of having no body hair. Also realizing that ultimately I am likely to be stuck somewhere between a eunuch and a low-T kind of guy. Scary.
We don't see much written here about
radiation side effects, or it may seem that the SE's are trivial. My most recent diagnosis is proof that yes there can be significant side effects to RT, even using modern equipment and a highly qualified RO. All though I've been told that the colitis will get better with time, I believed the same thing about
urinary incontinence for the first eight months post-RP. Coincidentally, eight months ago is around when the colitis started and has persisted ever since.
The thing is, no one ever tells you about
these things in advance. I spoke with my RO many times before starting ART one year post-RP and I don't remember hearing or reading anything about
colitis. When I brought it up to him during my second week of RT he just said "some bowel disruption is to be expected". Really?
Just goes to show you, it's always something.
2014-15: PSA's 9, 12, 20, 25, Neg DRE's, false neg TRUS biopsy
6/16: MRI Fusion biopsy, Right Base, 2x40%+2x100% all G8 (4+4)
8/16: DaVinci RP, PNI, 6mm EPE, 11 LN-, 53g, 25% involved Grp 4, BL SVI, T3b n0m0
1/17: started 18 months Lupron ADT, PSA's ~.03
5/17: AMS800 AUS implanted, revised 6/17
8/17-10/17: RapidArc IMRT 39 tx (70 Gy)
1/18, 4/18: PSA's 0.00, Dx Radiation Colitis...Now what!
Post Edited (RobLee) : 4/23/2018 8:30:00 AM (GMT-6)