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Old 10-12-2012, 09:39 AM   #1
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How long can remission last?

Hi Folks,

It's been over 3 years since my salvage radiation treatment ( after a failed RP ) and so far the cancer is still undetectable at the level at which the lab checks ( < .04 ).
So I don't really know if the cancer is actually undetectable or is existing at a level below .04 and just waiting to make a reappearance.

My doctor says that I'm in remission but won't give me any kind of definitive answer about how long it could last. The cancer center that I go to has decided that since it's been a little over 3 years, they would like to discharge me from their system. I wasn't too happy about that and talked them into giving me one more year before discharge. I go back in the spring of 2013 for what could be my last visit there before being discharged.

After that, it will be up to my family doctor to do the annual psa checks. He said he would do them every 6 months if I wanted to.

As always, this board is the place to come to get opinions about this situation and fortunately, there are many very learned people that frequent this board and their opinions are well appreciated by people like myself.

Have a great day everyone,

Lionel

 
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Re: How long can remission last?

Congratulations on your successful salvage radiation treatment. It sounds like you've been cured. Usually, not always, if it's going to reappear it would have done so. There have been rare cases where the biochemical (PSA) recurrence didn't happen for 10 years, but they are rare. It sounds like they are using an ultrasensitive PSA test to monitor you which certainly will detect any progression. Especially after the rollercoaster you've been through, I can see why you'd be worried that it can come back. 6-month PSAs seems prudent for now, perhaps switching to annual as you become more assured. I don't understand why it makes a difference to you where they do that.

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Re: How long can remission last?

Lionel

Congratulations on the continuous low levels. Maybe you got "graduation" from the "problem".
I would take the time to celebrate and enjoy and look upon the matter annually.

I will not miss you a bit.
Wishing long lasting "cure".

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