This is rather difficult to post, though I think it is important for some perspective on why we fight prostate cancer as hard as we do.
My friend passed away last night, having fought a hard battle with advanced PCa. My kilt buddy, Jim (on the right)
. Fellow motorcycle rider. All around, a fun guy!
He had surgery back in 2012 for a G7. No follow up for 4 years until his hip broke from a minor fall, revealing severe bone involvement from recurrent PCa. For the last 3 years he had a variety of treatments. This is who I posted about
in the fall of 2017, involved in the TRANSFORMER trial, trying BAT. That didn't slow his case much, and in fact his PCa was resistant to almost anything available. He was on a couple of other trials, all with limited results.
He beat himself up a lot for not following up after surgery for four years. I told him it would have been better to have tracked PSA, but with his original diagnosis and treatment it wasn't completely unreasonable to avoid the topic for a while. Still, anyone who's had surgery really should have routine follow up. As should any of us, really. An important reminder.
We face a real enemy, sometimes aggressive, sometimes sneaky, sometimes surprising, sometimes devastating. But as we have said so many times, there is no "good cancer". Some are worse than others. But I just lost my friend to this one...
55@Dx on 4/16/13. PSA 5.2, G9(5+4), PNI+, cT3a by MRI.
IGRT - 44 sessions (79.2 Gy, 50.4 Gy pelvic)
ADT2 - Lupron+Casodex (5/13-3/16)
8/13-5/16 <0.1 (ADT2)
5/16-3/17 recovering from ADT2
3/17-3/19 up and down, slow drift up ~ 0.6 - 1.0 (no TX)
4/19 - resumed ADT (due to slow up trend)
7/19 - <0.1 My Story