Unfortunately, this disease is not discriminant about
age. I have late stage III disease. It is considered advanced prostate cancer. If I do nothing, I bear a 92% probability of relapse, depending on which nomagrams you look at, but there is no chance I won't fight it. For that reason we added the adjuvant therapies to swing the odds back to a more reasonable 50-50. For my case, and others like me we are not truly out of the woods for years, if ever. I am doing well and have already shown signs of a durable remission. While I have an undetectable PSA, the best sign of things is that it doesn't really bother me and I am living a normal life. HT is Hormonal Therapy. We are basically removing the male hormone testosterone and trying to starve any cancer that was not removed by surgery. An undetectable PSA is not to say there are no more cancer cells, but rather there are not enough to detect. When my prostate was removed the margins where they cut it out were positive for carcinoma and local metastasis. Which does mean that cancer was on the other side of the knife and still in my body. All stage III (T3a or T3b) many members here have a similar issue. T3b is evidence that the disease may be stage IV but there is no proof yet. What makes mine a high risk is the grade 4 disease (Gleason 4+3) and the high PSA before surgery 19.8 and the staging. But again, I am well and very much interested to help others in any way I can. By being here at HealingWell I have encountered all stages and people with prostate cancer. I have learned that the guys who are more advanced than I are just like us all and most are leading very productive lives. That was very important for me to see and it is very inspiring. I kinda grew up with this disease and I consider these people my dear friends. While I'm sorry to meet you here, it's still a pleasure to do so. You appear to be doing well. My mantra is diet, exercise, and a positive attitude. Good luck to you! And may God Bless you as well.
Age 45 (44 when Dx)
Pre-op PSA was 19.8
Surgery on Feb 16, 2007
Post-Op Pathology was poor: Gleason 4+3=7, 4 positive margins, Stage pT3b (Stage III)
HT began in May, '07 with Lupron and Casodex 50mg
IMRT radiation for 38 Treatments ending August 3, '07
My PSA did drop out after surgery to undetectable. It has not returned and I will continue HT until January '08.
My Life is supported very well by family and friends like you all.
Post Edited (TC-LasVegas) : 11/13/2007 12:28:34 AM (GMT-7)