November 07, 2007

This just in from the newsroom....

PSA = 23.3
Another small, rather insignificant change, but overall not the direction we had hoped we were headed. We are not going to make any other modifications right now, "just keep on riding the train"!
I find the result somewhat strange in that just minutes ago I was exchanging emails with someone, they asked how I was doing, and I told them I was waiting on my PSA, but overall I felt better than I had in months. I put faith in the Lord as he helps me manage through this and hope that my intuition continues to guide us in the right direction.
IIWII (it is what it is), now more than ever....
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Historical Numbers
Date - PSA
11/5/07 23.3
10/8/07 19.30
>10/8/07 Changed Lupron from 120 day dose to monthly dose
> 9-12-07 Began taking .5mg of Avodart per day. Changed Ketoconazole from 600mg twice per day to 400mg three times per day)
9/4/07 21.80
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
12/?/04 189 (Original test)

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

David - thinking of you and hoping for the best. God Bless,
Your Florida Friends,
Don & Susan

John Wagner said...

Well, I spent three days trying to think of something encouraging, witty or motivating to say and... nothing. Just hang in there and keep riding the train. You continue in my prayers.

Simon said...

Hi David, I don't know you and you don't know me. I am 49. I too was diagnosed with PC back in 2005 no bone disease but pelvic lymph nodes affected, PSA 29. I was put on Zoladex, had Brachytherapy and then Radiotherapy. It all seemed to work and PSA was 0.44. Thought I was in the clear but bone scan in September 2006 showed bone disease in multiple sites. Went straight into Docetaxel (this failed) then ECarboF (also failed) THEN went onto a trial drug Abiraterone. PSA dropped from 100 to 38 in a month, three months later was 3. It as since kind of levelled off at 5 .... Your story inspired me and hope that mine helps you. I am at a research unit at The Royal Marsden Hospital in London and they have lots of drugs being trialed. Keep strong. Simon Bush