Watching PSA closely for 30+ years given father's adv. PC.
Reached 4.0 threshold 01/2012
Biopsy revealed Gleason score of 9 (1 of 12 samples)
Radical prostatectomy 04/2012; positive margin on bladder neck.
Post-surgery PSA 0.2; external beam radiation summer 2012 (40 treatments).
Hormonal therapy (Lupron) 08/2012-3/2016.
Stopped hormonal therapy 03/2016. PSA now 0.9 and climbing Jan 2017. Urologist tells me that cancer is incurable.
Appointment at MD Anderson Cancer Center (Houston, TX, USA) March 2017 for second opinion on next steps. Usual next steps in USA are: Casodex (to shut down adrenal gland production of testosterone) along with renewed Lupron shots every 6 months; when these therapies are no longer effective (in about 3-5 more years) Extandi or Zytega ("designer" drugs; US $9,000/month); then immunotherapy infusion; finally chemotherapy.
I am a 61 year old man, 5 years after diagnosis and treatment, looking for a cure. To help myself, my family, and other men. MD Anderson: here I come.
Bob's e-mail address is: mustang_6789 AT yahoo.com (replace "AT" with "@")