My PSA climbed to 194.45 which equates to about a 20% increase within one weeks time.
The radiologist report indicated the bone scan was primarily stable. There were up ticks in existing areas, but no new tumors were identified.
The rise in PSA is very troubling and reinforces our decision that a change in treatment is required. As of tonight, I have stopped taking the Ketoconazole, in preparation for our next step. Next Monday, we will either start DES or select a trial location for Provenge. Our ability to pursue a Provenge clinical trial is dependent on us finding a location that is accepting new patients and logistically reasonable.
I'm not depressed, but just kind of bummed out at this point. I have a very busy week ahead so that will provide a lot of distraction, and leave me little time to ponder what lies ahead.
I remain pain free and even played disc golf yesterday for the first time in over a month. We'll get through this, as we always do.
At the risk of being repetitive, please join me in a prayer to Saint Peregrine.
Prayer to Saint Peregrine ~ Patron Saint to cancer patients
O great St. Peregrine,
you have been called "The Mighty,"
because of the numerous miracles
which you have obtained from God
for those who have had recourse to you.
For so many years
you bore in your own flesh
this cancerous disease
that destroys the very fiber of our being,
and who had recourse
to the source of all grace
when the power of man could do no more.
You were favored with the vision of Jesus
coming down from His Cross
to heal your affliction.
Ask of God and Our Lady,
the cure of the sick whom we entrust to you.
(Pause here and silently recall the names of the sick for whom you are praying)
Aided in this way by your powerful intercession,
we shall sing to God,
now and for all eternity,
a song of gratitude
for His great goodness and mercy.