Jul 30, 2013 - 5:21 am
After 11 months into my “off” phase in 05/13 my PSA rose from <0.008 to 0.022.
In 06/13 it had risen to 0.065 a doubling time of 22 days.
Today 30/7/13 it has risen to 0.098 a doubling time of 79 days
This slowing is consistent with the relapse that occurred post RP and post SRT an initial burst and then a slowing. I am hoping it will continue to slow and stabilise at a rate in excess of 4 months PSADT
In addition My CTC (circulating tumour cell) count remains at 1 which has not changed for over 20 months.
I agreed with my Oncologist that there is no point in undertaking a scan at this stage a) the PSA reading is too low to expect anything to show on a scan and b) we agreed to review where the PSADT sits in 8 weeks’ time and review again then.
I have embarked on a more rigorous exercise program now walking 80-100km per week, swimming twice a week and doing weights twice a week. I have shed 4kg in the last 6 weeks and need to lose 12kg more to get back to an ideal weight (75kg) for my height 1.77m .this is my target for Q1 2014, I was 80kg before I started IAD and have struggled to shed weight so I decided it was time for more rigorous and disciplined approach.
I have a 4 week vacation planned in France in late Aug so it will be a real test of will not to give in the temptation French wine and food that will be present in abundance and I am not sure I will succeed!!.
I will post an update in late September on both my PSA and weight!
Best wishes to all in your continued fight with the Bandit
DX ; (Gleason 7 (3+4)) RP in 02/2008
Relapse 11/08 rising PSA reaching 1 by 01/2009 when I undertook SRT , PSA fell to <0.03 by 04/2009 but started to rise again in 08/2010 with a PSADT of 2 months.
In June 2011 (aged 60) I started CAB my PSA was 1 at that time, prior to the start of hormone treatment I undertook PET/CT scans all of which were clear.
I had 3 monthly shots of Zoladex , and took Casodex and Proscar daily, my PSA dropped to 0.04 within 30 days and <0.008 in 60 days and Testosterone to castrate levels in 90 days.
I followed this program for 1 year, along the way I took daily supplements of vitamin D, Curcumin, Pomegranate, Omega 3, and resveratrol.
At the end of 1 year (06/2012) I dropped back to just Proscar, along with the supplements and started taking Celebrex daily and started Luekine injections, 14 days on 14 days off.
My testosterone took 9 months to recover and my PSA remained <0.008 until May 2013 (11 months off)