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Old 11-26-2011, 08:11 AM   #1
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I got a lower PSA

It is with joy that I inform my fellow survivors of the last PSA test which come as 0.02 ng/ml (testosterone at 32).
This is lower than the previous test of August 2011 (at 0.03 / T=33). I am now at the one-year mark since the start of hormonal treatment with a successful mono blockade of Eligard 6-month shot.

This autumn my wife and I took some time to revisit Japan and the places where we lived when all this “saga” of PCa started. We went to Mount Fuji and enjoyed the scenery (autumn colours) and its volcanic waters at the spas in Hakone. I feel that the natural hot-springs have cured (or alleviated) the symptoms of the side effects from HT. No more pain in joints, hot flashes or fatigue. I feel “cleaned” and rejuvenated.

Who knows if the bathes have also had some effect in this last PSA test?

The chronology of the PSA/Testosterone tests since the start of HT is this;

Nov 2010 PSA=1.0; T=3.76 (Cyproterone 50 mg-1 month plus Eligard 6-month shot)
Dec 2010 PSA=0.18; T=0.28
Mar 2011 PSA=0.07; T=0.28
May 2011 PSA=0.05 (remission) (Eligard 6-month shot)
Aug 2011 PSA=0.03; T=0.33
Nov’2011 PSA=0.02; T=0.32 (Eligard 6-month shot)

A brief chronology of PSAs along eleven years was like this;

Apr 2000; PSA=22.4 (at diagnosis of PCa)
Aug 2000; PSA=24.2 (surgery)
Sep 2000; PSA=0.12 (nadir post RP)
Jan 2001; PSA=0.26 (biochemical recurrence)
Mar 2001; PSA=0.42 (diagnosis of micro metastasis)
Nov 2006; PSA=3.80 (IMRT)
Feb 2008; PSA=0.05 (first ZERRO and nadir after RT)
May 2009; PSA=0.26 (diagnosis of recurrence)
Nov 2010; PSA=1.00 (Start of hormonal treatment, T=376)

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Old 11-26-2011, 10:29 AM   #2
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Re: I got a lower PSA

Great news Hope it continues that way.

 
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Wonderful news, Baptista! Do you think you might take a break from the Eligard at some point?

 
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Re: I got a lower PSA

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Wonderful news, Baptista! Do you think you might take a break from the Eligard at some point?
Rhonda,

Yes, I am hopeful to start “drug’s vacations” if the PSA keeps a lower level of 0.05 during the effectiveness of this next 6-month shot that I am taking tomorrow (Nov. 28).
According to my uro-oncologist, I will accomplish (touch wood) a period of one year on a PSA <=0.05 in May 2012. This will be the 18th month since starting ADT and the 12th since reaching remission in May 2011.

I consider myself lucky for the achievements so far, and believe that once on “vacations” they will last many many years.
Irv’s case is different from mine but he too will do well in controlling the bandit and live many good years filled of enjoyment. Do not let anxiety to take over your reasoning. Travelling has been good to me when uncertain about the next step.

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Re: I got a lower PSA

I am pleased to post in this thread the continuing low PSA result of 0.02 ng/ml, I received this month (Feb 2012). For my surprise the testosterone got lower than the previous ones with a result at <0.1 ng/ml, but that did not influence the level of PSA that come with equal result. This laboratory uses assays with LLD of <0.01.

The good news is that this result will provided me with the opportunity of starting a “Vacation” period OFF-Drug. The last shot of the 6-month Eligard will end its effectiveness period in May and, therefore, I may see an increases in the testosterone levels and a relief from the symptoms.

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That's great to hear and I pray that things continue to look up for you in the future!

 
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Re: I got a lower PSA

Congratulations on your continued wonderful results! Here's to more of the same and that upcoming vacation!


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