AEG - If you read Don's stats you can see his PSA was higher 6 weeks after surgery (LRP) than before. Two sets of doctors were overseeing his care - we worked in Maine and live in Fl. Almost every test was done twice with all docs talking with each other (surgeons, radiologists, oncologists) and all coming to the same conclusion. Cancer had escaped the prostate before surgery. It did not show in the prostate bed so the next place to look was the lymph nodes - the usual path. The thinking was by everyone to wait until it showed up...no one was in favor of giving him HT until they knew where the cancer was. We agreed. Well, it showed after 6 months in distant lymph nodes. At that time Don was started on HT. In fact, all Don's info was sent to Loma Linda a few months ago and they concurred that Lupron shots are the treatment for where he is right now.
Husband Diagnosed 11/17/05 Age: 63 No Symptoms
PSA: 7.96, Positive DRE
Biopsy Right: 6 of 6 Cores Positive Biopsy Left: 1 of 6 Cores Positive
Gleason: 4+3 = 7 Stage: T2B N0 MX
3 mo. PSA Post Surgery: 11.8, 12.9, 13.9 Bone scan, CT scan, Endorectal MRI, Chest XR - neg.
9/06/06: 6 mo. PSA: 18.8 Distant lymph node involvement Start HT Lupron 3 mo. shots
12/06/06: PSA 0.8
03/07/07: PSA 0.306/06/07: PSA 0.1