I am 55 and had the surgery to remove prostate in 2001. Gleaseon was 7 and T2 score. Up until last year I had a psa of 0.
My wife and I moved from Oregon to FLorida to get more sunshine and since we were both cancer survivors we did it sooner than later.
During a routine blood workup for my Type II diabetes, I noticed that my psa was 4.9 this May. I had them pull the one from OCtober and it was 1.9, so we are definitely doubling in less that 10 months. From May 12 (4.9) to June 12 (6.3) it is still going up.
I was going thru the VA in Miami and they referred me to a specialist in this field at U of Miami hospital for next Wednesday. I had a bone scan last Wednesday but due to the holiday weekend I have no result info yet.
My VA doctor conferred last week with the specialist and they are recommending the Celodex with the injection, first one to start next Wednesday.
Obviously I am scared and concerned with this rapid doubling of the psa. I wouldlike to know if the hormone treatment is worth it or not? I have heard horror stories about side effects and right now I feel pretty good. I guess their game plan is to use the hormmone therapy to try and slow things down and see what they can find.
My original biopsy showed cancer on one side only so they elected to do nerve sparring on one side. While that is probably a plus for the past seven years for my wife and I, the post-surgery biopsy of the prostate showed it fully involved on both sides. So I can hope that it is still only there and can be treated effectively.
I guess I will have more info soon but I would really like to hear about initial reaction to the hormone therapy versus long term results.