Mar 31, 2011 - 1:43 am
I just got the second ZERO in eleven years surviving prostate cancer. This is joyful news but can I celebrate it?
A brief chronology of PSAs along eleven years was like this;
Apr 2000; PSA=22.4 (at diagnosis of PCa)
In the contest of the hormonal treatment, the PSA result is masked however it still is used as the marker to indicate progress of the cancer. The treatment drugs (HT) aim at lowering the testosterone in the body but their effectiveness can be verified only through tests of T. Any increase of PSA in a low testosterone status means “recurrence” and the need to start another phase of treatment. Any stable PSA in high testosterone status means “dormant”, and such could last for ever.
I am happy to see another ZERRO. It has been a long wait.
Wishing the best to all the crew in this boat.