A Quick Update...
I haven't been posting in awhile so I thought it would be a good idea to provide an update on Irv's progress.
Irv was taking Celebrex in an attempt to arrest the growth of his PC. Unfortunately, he had a terrible flare up of his ulcerative colitis which landed him in the hospital twice, for a total of ten days. He is now doing well and is tapering off the prednisone.
However, I found out afterwards, that morphine and prednisone lowers testosterone. So, at a time when Irv is on an "off cycle" of IADT, in an attempt to have his testosterone reach normal levels again, the medication has caused his testosterone to sink down to a level which is even lower than what it was while he was on the Zoladex and Bicalutamide. His testosterone dipped to undetectable levels as it's lower than what the standard tests are able to detect. This has been the case over the past two blood tests. We're hoping that, once Irv has completely tapered off of the prednisone, that he'll manage well without any setbacks and his testosterone will finally have a chance to rise.
The good news is that his PSA, after 6 months in the "off cycle" is still undetectable at <.02! Considering his urologic oncologist predicted he'd need to go back on the hormone therapy again after 6 months, I'd say this is a very good thing. Our biggest hope is that, after the testosterone starts to rise, his PSA will remain low...After all, that IS the whole point of intermittent hormone therapy...to control the cancer as long as possible while giving the body a chance to function normally again.