Jun 09, 2011 - 12:49 pm
So here's an update on my dad along with a question that has been perplexing us:
After a 10 year remission, his PSA started going up reaching 5.89 in January. I think his Gleason score was 6, maybe 7. A possible lymph node (one node was enlarged on the CT scan) involvement was noted, but his bones were clear. He's 70.
According to both his urologist and the oncologist, if his PSA is still 0.1 or less at the six month mark (this coming August), he should stop the shots and Casodex and wait until PSA rises again. This was good news, but we wanted to ask what other people have done as far as intermittent therapy is concerned. I realize these answers vary a lot, but it would be really helpful if we could hear the common wisdom on this. The docs say: 2 consecutive PSAs of 0.1. or less is when they stop HT.
- In your experience, is stopping initial rounds of HT after 6 months too short of a period? I remember reading on these boards that 12 months was the minimum. When is a good time to stop the shots in your experience?
Thanks for your collective help! After my initial post seeking help with oncologists, we were overwhelmed with the support and helpful info. My dad is now "back to normal" after his PSA drop and what we've been telling him about the cancer and how he can fight this hopefully for a while. This board is absolutely an amazing support network!