July 03, 2007

Faster than a speeding bullet!

The title is only reflective of the speed in which I received my latest test results, just over 24 hours!!!
Not what we wanted to hear, but all in all, not terrible either. Another small change, but it's heading up.
And so, the next 28 day cycle begins. 
I think I'll take the opportunity of my upcoming time off from work to enjoy life a little more.  More trips to the pool, gradually of course with my leg and all.  Perhaps a few rounds of disc golf before the month is over? Time with family, fireworks, fresh tomatoes, floating on a raft in the Lake for a few hours, a good book [I'm on my third Clive Cussler book in the last month] and perhaps for a while forgetting all that is Prostate Cancer. 
However, I realize that after nearly two and half years letting go is not reality. If I can just stretch the times between obsessing a few more minutes or hours that would be grand.
For those of you Americans, enjoy the forth of July!
Historic numbers:
Date: PSA:
7/02/07 20.30
6/04/07 17.80
4/30/07 16.25
4/2/07 17.68
3/5/07 21.87
2/5/07 20.90
1/8/07 18.90
12/11/06 24.86
11/13/06 43.61
10/16/06 51.48 (Started "High Dose" Ketoconazole and Hydrocortisone, 10/01)
[at this point and for a second time we prepared for Taxotere.  First my Oncologist wanted to try High Dose Ketoconazole and Hydrocortisone.]
9/11/06 83.97 (started Zometa)
8/23/06 41.77
8/18/06 54.66
(no tests in June or July)
5/19/06 11.37 (stopped Casodex)
4/3/06 4.25
3/5/06 1.45
1/27/06 0.46
12/28/05 1.85
[at this point we prepared for Taxotere, chemotherapy treatments. First I had a new PSA test and new bone and CT scans, lymph nodes clear, spine clear, ribs, femur and hips stable.  The PSA dropped to 1.85 and the scans revealed marked improvement. Chemo was cancelled 72 hours before it was scheduled to begin]
12/15/05 7.18
11/03/05 4.64 (Stopped taking Casodex)
9/22/05 0.80
8/11/05 0.35
6/24/05 0.55
4/17/05 2.51 (taken at MD Anderson, Gleason lowered to 7/7)
4/06/05 3.51 (Six weeks after starting Lupron and Casodex)
Original Gleason scores (7/8)
Pre-treatment test: 2/?/05 219
Original test: 12/?/04 189


Anonymous said...

Definitely not terrible. Glad things seem to be holding relatively stable. I well understand your wife's feelings - sometimes it just gets a little harder around the times of appointments and waiting on test results. Hope you can concentrate on some fun summer activities. A happy Fourth to you and your family!


Anonymous said...

Rats.. however if you average the last 8 readings you get an average of 19.69.. so you are still below average. :)

Tom T.

Anonymous said...

ok.. I was wrong..less than a half point over.. just trying to make you smile.
Tom T.

Anonymous said...

David - thinking of you this July 4th. It is good to take a break. It's hard but really, you deserve it.

Wishing you the best,
Your Florida Friends,
Susan & Don