Apr 30, 2003 - 11:02 am
Sorry this is so long. Wanted to give you all complete info.
My father was diag. Stage III in June 1998. Had resection, 7 out of 26 lymph nodes positive.
Did 6 mos. of chemo - continuous infusion 5FU and levamisole.
NED for over 4 yrs. Jan. 2002 - diagnosed with prostate cancer - gleason 7 (agressive). Did 5 mos of radiation and 1 yr of Lupron shots. PSA is undectable.
Shortly after finishing his radiation is CEA started climbing.
Did a lobectomy in Jan. 2003 (CEA at 21 just prior to surgery.)
3 wks post-op his CEA was 10. 6 wks post-op CEA at 15.
Nothing in liver.
After 3 chemo sessions - 4/29/03 - CEA is now at 28.2, up 6 pts after 3 sessions. Dad had his 4th session of chemo yesterday after the blood was drawn.
He feels good, looks great, continues to go to the gym. Uses his incentive spirometer (breathing exerciser & can get between 2000 and 2500 mls each time). Dr. says that is great.
We are being treated at Barnes Jewish hospital in St. Louis - Siteman Cancer center.
Is it time to go to Mayo or another cancer center?