This is my first post after having just recently found this site - another member to the "reluctant club".
My wife and I found received the news about PC in February, 2008 when my PSA was measured at 29.7. I was 54 in 2008. The subsequent biopsy revealed 5 out of 10 biopsies were positive (left side of the prostate)with a morphology grade of gleason 9 (4+5). There was evidence of bulging within the left seminal vesicle abutting the tumor and the doctors could not rule out extension into the left vesicle. I also had benign prostatic hypertrophy. The doctors showed us the original MRI picture pointing out the several suspicious locations (i.e., scattered sigmoid diverticula)and can appreciate the difficulty in their interpreting small features.
Upon their original consultation, we agreed to radiation and hormone therapy. I received a total radiation equivalent to 73.8 gray to the prostate and lowered abdomen over a period of eight weeks. This I received with little discomfort. Beginning in July, 2008 I began receiving Luprone every three months.
My PSA steadily lowered to a minimum of level of 0.23 reached in November, 2010. Even before having read Dr. Myer's book 'Beating Prostate Cancer:Hormone Therapy & Diet' we were requesting that testosterone levels be measured. In March, 2010 we were told that the measured free and total testosterone levels were measured and had adequately lowered - but specifically the doctor said that dihydrotestosterone was not measured. I have been under the care mostly of a radiologist (one or two visits with an oncologist).
In March, 2011 I received my last Luprone injection and it wasn't until November, 2011 that the PSA jumped to 1.55. The radiologist immediately scheduled another CT and bone scan. The scans repeated the results from 2008 with no evidence of bone metastasis. I went on a pure vegetable juice diet for a month until December, 2011 when the PSA actually decreased to 1.40. Since 2010, I have lost almost 45 pounds of weight put on during the hormone therapy - which I still should take off another 20 pounds for my height.
I have since read Dr. Myer's book and have also been taking supplements along with exercising.
Thanks to everyone who takes the time to share their particular roads traveled.