September 06, 2007

What a difference a year makes....

On September 11, 2006 my PSA reached an all time, post-treatment high of 83.97. This year so much is different. Tuesday's test results are in and the number is: 20.8. This is up a little from the last number I posted but not much of an increase since my last test.

Let me explain. The last number I posted was the 16.96, taken on August 2nd. However, four days later I had another test, due to a mis-communication with the lab. The result of that test was 19.25. This just goes to show you how much PSA can vary in a short period of time.

So, back to Tuesday's number...I guess my last post reflects my response; whatever.
Not that I am not concerned - I am, but my number had pretty much not changed since January 2007. Great news if I do say so myself!

Historic numbers:
Date: PSA:
9/4/07 20.80
8/6/07 19.25
8/2/07 16.96
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 1.4
51/27/06 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 7.1811/03/05 4.64 (Stopped taking Casodex)9/22/05 0.808/11/05 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...

Great news David. All things considered, the stability in your number is good to see. It helps to focus on that which we have vs that which we don't.

Peace brother.


Anonymous said...

Glas to hear your number hovers in a sort of "safety zone." Fight on.

Anonymous said...

Glad to hear the numbers are remaining stable. I like your attitude of "keep on keeping on". This is true for so many of us.

Take care,

John Wagner said...

As I said before, amazing how we are so tied to numbers. But I think it is very good that you have basically held pretty steady for many months now. The important thing is you are feeling good and that is much more important right now than the numbers. Take care, my friend.