Jun 08, 2011 - 9:29 pm
Thought I'd post an update. I went in for my 3 month post surgery checkup and my PSA was >0.03--undetectable! Always great to hear! In addition, my wife went in for her biannual mammogram (she is a breast cancer survivor since 2008) and it was clear as well. A great day!!
As a reminder, I had an open radical prostatectomy with a full pelvic lymph node disection on 3/1/11. I was diagnosed in July 2010 with a Gleason 7 (4+3)a PSA of 19 and a nodule felt in the DRE. I also had a suspicious lymph node as seen on an MRI. I went on a clinical trial taking Abiraterone, Lupron and a steroid as a preadjuvant therapy. The post surgery lymph node disection showed that cancer had been present but had been destroyed. Hopefully the Abiraterone/Lupron combination killed any micro-metasteses that may have been present. That would make the side effects worthwhile!
It's been a difficult year and I know that there are trials ahead. Anyone who is facing this disease please do your research and find the best team of doctors you can. You have to take charge of your case to get the best care possible.
Good luck to all