Monday, May 28, 2007

Bad Omen

Not the first time I've seen this, but it's disturbing. A new report shows that a PSA that rises more than 2.0 in the year before treatment is the single most important indicator that a man has a very aggressive cancer. Mine was rising faster than that--it went up 2 points in only SIX MONTHS. That, according to the study, puts me at high risk of dying from prostate cancer.
I'm going to get a full-text copy of the report, because I have a lot of questions--such as, did any of the men have salvage radiation and how did that affect their odds of dying?

Monday, May 14, 2007

2 months since radiation..

..and things continue to improve slowly. I'm doing much better than I was a month ago. My current regimen is Proctofoam 2-3 times daily. I avoid insoluble fiber as much as possible but take Benefiber (2 grams twice a day). Benefiber is pure soluble fiber. After each bowel movement I take 1/2 dose of Immodium. That prevents any diarrhea. In a week or so I'll try stopping Immodium altogether.
Bowel movements are now simply uncomfortable, whereas before they were very painful. And I'm not in any discomfort afterwards now, where before I would be uncomfortable for most of the day.
About 1 month until PSA time.