January 02, 2008

Jumping the Gun

My Oncologist called this morning with my PSA number. When it was him on the phone, I knew right away that I was not going to like what followed.

12-31-07 PSA number: 30.9

And so we wait through the month of January. Perhaps the last few weeks have had an impact? My diet didn't change but I was certainly less active and much more lethargic than usual.

No sweat..... it is what it is!

Historical Numbers
Date - PSA
12/31/07 30.9
12/3/07 21.9
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 1.45 (started Casodex again)
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 0.8
08/11/05 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)


Sharpone said...


My name is John F. Sharp and I was diagnosed with Stage IV Advanced Prostate Cancer March 14, 2003. I am rounding the corner of five years. I have been very fortunate to deal with some of the best doctors in the world. My original Diagnosis was T3aNoM1a with a PSA of 19.8 at age 47. I am involved with US Too, PCEC and several very talented doctors that I would like you to see. Please reach out for me and I can bring you up to speed. You can reach me at jsharp@donandsons.com or you can even call me at 303-420-9497. I am still in remission and I deal with trying to help people with Advanced Prostate Cancer. A couple of the Doctors that I deal with are Dan Petrylak (Columbia University) and E. David Crawford (University of Colorado). There are some trials that you may want to get on quickly. So please reach out for me.


John F. Sharp

Anonymous said...


You are a stong man and a man of conviction. My family and I continue to pray for you. We pray that the next PSA reading goes down and we pray that God cures you completely.

He has a plan and He chose you for somethign special. I believe you are doing what He wants you to do. You have inspired so many.

God Bless

Anonymous said...

It appears you're at a crossroads once again. You are supported in your fight more than you know. Check out every avenue you can - you deserve that.
Your Florida Friends,
Don & Susan

Anonymous said...

David, you and your family remain in the thoughts and prayers of me and my family.

Peace be with you my friend.


garywlafreniere said...

no sweat indeed! need to wear out some more jeans! we need to get out and play outside more.....disc golf that is!!!

I'll be praying for you bro!