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Steve1961
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hi now 6 months out of the combo radiation treatment ...25 hi dose EBR and 1 hi dose brachytherapy....befire starting PSA was 7.2.  3 months later 4.1 6 months later 3.5 ......wow with my nerves what was I thinking ....I sure hope one can be cured by radiation....instead of taking the advice of the drs that we’re looking out fir me and told me surgery I took the advice of 1 dr who I found out diesnt like helping people make decisions and a radiologist whom now I think didn’t care oh yeah don’t firget UCSF #4 in the nation for cancer my *** .....sure hope in wrong ...when I message thr dr about the 3.5 results I will get ac. That’s  fine answer ....  I’m thinking PSA should be a lot lower 

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VascodaGama
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You are on the good truck. The results from RT take longer to show up. Bounce PSA may be seen too. In some cases it can take 2 to 3 yaers to reach to a nadir. So far so good. Let's wait for more results to certify the cure.

Best

VG

Steve1961
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according to American cancer society if you reach in 2 years or less you have a better chance of cure 

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RobLee
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This treatment method, which generally also includes hormone therapy, generally has excellent results. Problem is you're never quite sure, because PSA never goes away entirely. With surgery the PSA usually drops to zero and stays there, if it was successful, or starts to go back up again if it wasn't. With primary RT of any form the PSA bounces around as the cancer cells slowly die off. And because the prostate gland is still in there, PSA is still produced.

My understanding of the reason very few doctors do HDR Brachy is that there are so few treatments that there's no money to be made in it. They insert the tubes and inject the isotopes and then pull them back out and you're done... leaving the patient to wonder if it's really working or not. Don't worry though, there's nothing else you can do now. Once you've chosen this path you have to stick it out until the end.

Georges Calvez
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Hi RobLee,

It is the same with a lot of treatments.
I have had my prostate out plus 66 Gy to the prostate bed and I have now had ten months of hormones, I can talk with my urologuist and we can play is 18, 24, 36 months of ADT for better or worse but at some time I have to stop the ADT and see.
You just have to hold your nerve, stick it out and hope.

Best wishes,

Georges

Steve1961
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I just need to stop thinking this isn’t goin* to work ..the thought of hormone treatments the rest of my life would do me in ...I already have a muscle disorder ..I am sure there are many men out there that have been cured with many Treatments and we don’t hear about them ...my wife’s uncle had seeds 30 years ago he is good ..my aunts husband had surgery at age 70 he is 84 now lols like he is 65 ..I just need to be hopeful and happy ..by my stinking nerves won’t let it be ...damnit ...I keep thinking how could I have skipped plan a knowing that I had an aggressive type of cancer with a greater chance of reoccurance...I feel guilty and ashamed ..hopefu it will all work out for all of us ...god bless...oh BTW combo treatment is huge Money  twice as much as surgery ..thinks that’s one reason he pushed it on me 

eonore
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Joined: Jun 2017

Hey Steve,

 

I am sorry you are struggling so much.  Believe me, I have had very similar feelings.  It can be very hard to get out of your own thoughts and just enjoy life.  Two suggestions for what they are worth.  One, although I really get a lot out of this forum, I would not hesitate to join a local support group to meet and talk to other survivors.  Two, if you find that you can not stop these obsessive thoughts, you may want to speak with a doctor about some chemical help.  I have taken 20 mg of Paxil for many years.  It is the lowest therapeutic dose, but it takes just enough of the edge off that I can do the rest of the work myself.  I resisted for a long time, out of some kind of misplaced machoism, but I am glad that I changed my mind.  You don't have to suffer unnecessarily.

 

Eric

hewhositsoncushions
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Steve

I sympathise. We need strong nerves in this game. I am going through the same agony with SRT. We just have to hang tough and wait it out. Posting here really helps rather than bottling it up.

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RobLee
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My prostatectomy was two and a half years ago, with adjuvant RT a year later. My HT was to be 18 months, but now a full year after my last Lupron shot, my testosterone level is still eleven (11).  As most of you probably know, normal is 300-700.  Although my PSA has been essentially undetectable, I won't know if the triple play was truly effective until after the testosterone begins to rise again. So far, that's not happening. So as you said, all I can do now is "stick it out and hope."

Regarding chemical help, the chaos surrounding my own cancer treatments really stressed me out. I was crying all the time. The effects of the Lupron only compounded my emotional instability and I experienced frequent outbursts, especially with my wife's lymphoma diagnosis just within a few months. None of my doctors were any help. I had to personally research antidepressants and determine which one might be most effective for what I was going thru. Though I was initially reststant, as eonore stated, eventually I demanded a script for venlafaxine from my GP. It has been very effective for nearly two years now. One must be their own advocate.  Doctors don't take hints and wherever possible, they tend to just do nothing.

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Glad to see you writing again, Rob.  You probably know that several of us were concerned about you a while back.

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Georges Calvez
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Hi RobLee,

Around 55% of men will recover something approaching the lower limit of testostrone after 18 months ADT, some men get a double whammy, their testosterone does not recover and the cancer returns in the castrate resistant form.
I think mine is unlikely to recover as the degarelix has caused my blood pressure and blood glucose to rise and these are bad indicators for recovery.
My libido is still active and although my body is physically dead from a sexual point my mind continues with erotic dreams up and including quite painful orgasms.
I was offered antidepressants that might have got rid of this little problem by destroying the mental side of my libido as well but I refused.

Best wishes,

Georges

Steve1961
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I’m  taking my  wife  Advice I wish I did one year ago I’m staying away from this form all it does is just make me more scared more worried going to hope for the best hearing all the stories just makes me think this is what I’m in for and I can’t be thinking like that if anything hopefully I have five or six more years or more who knows I could be cured for all I know I need to stop thinking like this...Good luck and hope for the best for you all ...

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lighterwood67
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You are not done.  You are moving on.  In another year, I bet you will pop up and tell us you are fine.  Good luck to you.

lmspsa
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Steve,

 

I am on another forum that you used to frequent. I had dual treatments, almost same as you, except ldr Brachy for me. Now, everyone is different, but it can take up to 18 months for your psa to stabilize after the dual therapy you had. So the fact that your psa is decreasing, you need to look at that as nothing but a positive sign. 6 months is not enough time for your psa to decrease to what you want. Most likely you might even see a bump in your psa, but don’t freak out unless its increasing like a bat out of helll.

 

Peace out and hang in there.

 

By the way, I go in for my first psa checkup 4 months after ldr brachy this coming Monday. Am I freaked, nope, because I know not to freak until waaaaay later if my psa hasn’t decreased all that much.

 

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