Posted 12/18/2007 8:33 PM (GMT -7)
I got an early Christmas Present today. At my doctor's appointment, I found out that my first post radiation PSA is 0!!!!! Since my previous PSA test was .08, it seems that the adjuvant radiation therapy zapped any of those cells still left in there. I had my third Zoladex injection as well, and my doc's want that to continue for a total of two years. Since my insurance pays for it and I don't feel any significant side effects, that's o.k. with me. (Sudden "warm" flashes are wierd, however.) My blood pressure was a bit high, but since I've been really nervous about this, that's understandable. With my doctor's blessing, I'm continuing my natural methods as well: Selenium tablets, Flax Seed on my morning cereal, and pomegranite capsules, plus excercise as well. I admit to feeling jealous at times, reading about those who have their cancer contained to the prostate, but for those of us with "positive margins", we have more options!
I want to wish a very Merry Christmas to the members of this forum! While I don't post daily, and it's been awhile, I have it on my favorites and visit it daily. Good thoughts and information are beneficial for your psyche! I also encourage members of my various officials groups to get tested early. Education is one of the keys to this beast.
Age 57 at diagnosis, PSA 4.7 (up from 3.2 one year ago)
Biopsy November 8, 2006 1 of 10 cores positive 5% LEFT Side Gleason 3+3
Robotic surgery January 19, 2007
Post Surgery Pathology Stage T3a, Gleason 3+4, positive margins and capsular penetration RIGHT Side
Post Surgery PSA: March 5: 0.01
5 month PSA, June 13, 2007: 0.08
Adjuvant therapy began June 26 with Zoladex injection
Radiation began August 23, ended October 8
First post radiation PSA, December 18, 2007: 0