My fiance has metastatic prostate cancer that is all throughout his hips, spine, and spots on his brain too. He was diagnosed with this condition on New Year's Eve. We are now under the care of a medical oncologist at Dana Farber Cancer Institute. His treatment is Casodex and Lupron. He now plays a bit by my rules. We have approached treatment in the following ways:
1.) Traditional medicine - oncologist
2.) Alternative Therapies - weekly acupuncture and massage for stress relief and lymph system flow
3.) Diet - we follow a low animal fat, colorful veggie/fruit, high grain type of diet - no dairy. We eat 7-15 colors of vegetables. We limit sugar intake to small bowls of sorbet after dinner, whole grain cookies. If sugar is consumed, it is consumed after a meal rich in whole grains. We've met with a nutritionist who has recommended certain vitamins too. He drinks pomegranate and green tea.
4.) Exercise - (he was walking much to begin with---fatigued and sick) now we walk daily together 3-6 miles. We started lifting weights together too
5.) Laughter - we laugh a lot. I moved cross country after diagnosis. He proposed to me without ever meeting my dog. He thought he would tolerate my dog, but he loves her. She is his first dog she make him laugh at her simplistic nature.
6.) Faith - We pray and attend church. To us, prayer is very powerful. One of our main theories is that God helps those who help themselves.
With all of this said, what am I missing? I manage his healthcare now. I'll tell you more about him.
-54 years old
-had always been active, thought he pulled a muscle playing basketball.
-November 30, 2007 - PSA 1425
-December - positive bone scans, biopsies, GLEASON 8, painful, fatigues, and had lost 20 pounds. Looked like walking death.
-December 15, 2007 - he asked me to marry him
-December 20, 2007 - I bring my dog to the East Coast to spend time at my Moms' farm while I relocate and take care of fiance - START STRICT LOW FAT DIET
-December 31, 2007 -New Year's Eve- PSA dropped to 1250diagnosed Stage IV prostate cancer, bone scan showing disease all throughout hips, spine, and spots on brain
-January 1, 2008 - Happy New Year - I quit my job on West Coast.
-January - sperm banked - very painful for him to ejaculate
-January 15th - Lupron started one week after Casodex
-February - PSA 98
-April - PSA 24
-July - PSA 12
Our next PSA is scheduled middle of October. I thought Lupron was supposed to get the PSA to zero very quickly. Has anyone else experienced this decline? Overall, his health is good. Great blood pressure, body weight, cholesterol.
What am I missing? What can I expect to happen?
Thanks for reading.