Mar 24, 2014 - 5:11 am
Updating my case
I received today the periodical PSA test results indicating a significant increase to PSA=1.04 ng/ml.
This compares with the previous 3-month results of 0.85 which corresponds to a PSADT of 12 months, but I see it to become shorter in a matter of time. My lay opinion is that the cancer started its “free ride” on spread, probably already at bone.
I have no picture of the bandit so I am just guessing but since January that I got some “discomfort” in my lower back, which sensation I do not know if it is due to cancer or for the hard physical labour I did in pruning big olive trees at the passage of the New Year (???).
The testosterone results surprisingly become much lower at 289 (ng/dL). It was 486 in the previous 3-month test. I have no rational explanation for the facts but an increasing PSA in a lower testosterone is not a good statistic. The total cholesterol is low at 142 (ng/dL), probably due to daily statins that also influence cancer activity. Other markers are the high Creatinine at 1.42 (ng/dL) (kidney problems) which I am following with a ultrasound investigation. This could also identify something causing the lower back sensation.
As reported before I am giving time for the PSA to rise to levels above 2 (ng/ml) so that I can rely on a C11 PET/CT examination. I want to take this opportunity before ending the IADT vacation period in my treatment but I started to freak out and, sincerely, this anxiety is not a good feeling.
Best wishes to all comrades in our boat.