Roller Coaster Ride

As you may be able to see from the above graphic (Courtesy of myprostate.eu) my psa has risen sharply once again. At first I believed it could have been influenced by the fact that I ceased hormone therapy, thus allowing an increase in testosterone, on which prostate cancer cells thrive.

However, a recent testosterone assessment showed that I have zero testosterone. A sad consequence of long term use of Zoladex. I may as well have been castrated. The result is the same. On the plus side, it tells me that the rise of psa is not due to discontinuing hormone therapy, and it appears too steep and too sudden a rise to be caused by hormone refractory cancer cells.

This reinforces my belief that the cancer cells have been stirred up by the black salve, resulting in a sudden rise of psa. My next psa will be early March 2017. It is still a game of wait and see.

We live in hope and enjoy life as it happens. Isn’t that what prostate cancer is all about?

4 thoughts on “Roller Coaster Ride

  1. Have you discussed Provenge with your oncologist? It’s from the immunology side of cancer treatment. They take your blood and boost the white blood cells and then inject it back into you.

    When you start to have bone pain there’s another treatment option Xofigo. They inject a radioactive drug that binds to the cancer cells and kills them.

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    1. I have heard of these treatments and they do sound promising. Unfortunately they are way out of reach financially unless I return to Australia. Even then, not sure if they are available to age pensioners.

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      1. That really sucks. They don’t offer a lot extended life, 2-3 months for each one on average, but it’s something. You might contact the manufacturers directly and see if they can help you. I’m on Xtandi right now, because lupron has started to fail. It costs about $10,000 a month. The manufacturer is paying for everything my lousy drug policy doesn’t cover, which is most of it.

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