A quick recap first; Had prostate cancer in June of '08 Surgery to remove prostate Oct. '08 hormone replacement meds for six months in early '09 .
I had my most recent PSA test a couple of weeks ago. The past two tests were the same. .03 What they described as "clinically undecidable". This test the number is .04 Even though this is a very small increase, it may be indicative of things to come. I remember Peter, my surgeon, mentioning that if the number begins to rise, even a small increase, would mean that testosterone is returning to my body and that will give what ever cancer cell that still remain in my blood stream, something to feed on. Peter told me that this is going to become a chronic problem for me. Each time the numbers go up, I will be put on some medication. The aim of the meds., is to get rid of the testosterone, thereby eliminating the food source for the cancer cells. According to what this one doctor has told me, the cells in the bloodstream can't be attacked. If there is no food for them, testosterone, then some cells will die, others will remain dormant in my system. I have no reason to doubt my surgeon. I believe what he says is in my best interest. But I'm still going to do some more research. It's not really starting back at square one, but this news does not make the old crabracer very happy. And Mrs. crabracer is not to excited either.
Syl and I have had time to talk about this new situation. For us, it's just another "bump" in the road. I sure wish they could get that damed road fixed. We've hugged and cried and reassured each other that we will still be here for each other. Sharing, Caring. Giving. Loving.
There is no panic. We are not freaked out. We may not like the news, but we'll deal with it. And in 32 days from today, we will arrive back home at CTI. There, in a wonderful setting, peaceful and serene, we will find the strength, courage and energy necessary to continue on "Keepin on". Set em up Damion, we coming home.
I go in for my next PSA test April 16th. I hope my news is better than your was. For me so far so good. The numbers have been low and not moved up. Good luck and know that medicating to control the cell growth is at least a way to keep them in check.
Ritchie and Sylvia our prayers are with you. ou do have the right spirit tho and sometimes that can be better than any meds they put you on.. Will see you next week and although we probably won't say anything then, who wants to bring up bad stuff on such a wonderful night, know that you are being prayed for now and then.
Richie, You know Keith and I love you and Sylvia very much. We're praying for you and I'm sure that a good relaxing trip home will be the best medicine for you right now. Can't wait to see you when we arrive on the 18th!
Richie - I am So Sorry to hear your news - I will pray for you and Syl. When u go back to CTI - have a blast - relax - sometimes that is the best medicine. I pray things turn out good for u. God Bless You and yours
Hi Rich, Hope everything works out for you. You have tons of friends on this message board who wish you and Sylvia nothing but the best. If you can find the time, please keep writing on the MB. You have an uncanny way of putting some very anxious peoples minds at ease. I enjoy reading your replies. I hope you find comfort in that because your writing certainly shows genuine concern for others. You and Sylvia deserve it.
Keep fighting and writing and we'll do all the praying for you.
(Had mine out in 04)Normal PSA now, but always worried.
See ya on the rock in November Don and Cindy.
Keep us up to date on the news, Richie! You and Syl are definitely in our thoughts! Enjoy your time back home at CTI! I wish we could join you there but we are in the thick of things planning for our wedding. I'm hoping that we can afford to return home this November when you are there!
IAcouple That is true about hydration. There are almost as many answers as their are doctors. From large universities, teaching hospitals, and right on down to the level of a particular doctor that one may be seeing. At this point, I'm just playing a waiting game. After the test this coming June is when we will have more answers.
Thanks to all who left their well wishes and inspiration. After all, all we really have is each other.