Thursday, December 29, 2011

Free for Kindle

I've put down my salvage radiation story and what I think are the most important facts in a Kindle single.

On New Years's Eve and New Year's Day this 6 page article will be available completely for free.  Don't have a Kindle?  You can get free Kindle software for your PC or phone.

Recalled to Life: Salvage Radiation for Recurrent Prostate Cancer

and it's always free to Amazon Prime members.

Monday, December 12, 2011

less than 0.1

For those of you keeping score at home, my PSA remains < 0.1, nearly 5 years after finishing salvage radiation.

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

an early look at my PSA

I'm not scheduled to see my radiation oncologist for a PSA check and DRE until late next month.  It is, however, time for my 6 month CBC & lipid panel with my primary care doc.  This is mainly to check my cholesterol in order to get a refill of Pravachol.  I noticed he had also scribbled "PSA" on the lab request, probably out of an abundance of caution in looking at my file.  So I figured why not get a sneak peek?  After all, if PSA tests were free, I'd get one every month!
I'll report back next week on the results.

To recap my situation, I was diagnosed in 2006 at the age of 43 with prostate cancer.  I had surgery early that year and the pathology showed Gleason 3+4, penetration into but not through the capsule, and I had a positive surgical margin.  My PSA, after adjusting for medication, was about 10.0 at the time of surgery.
At first my PSA was fine after surgery--less than 0.1, but that didn't last.  By 9 months, it was detectable and rising fast.  I consulted a medical oncologist and radiation oncologist, and started salvage radiation in the form of IMRT at my local hospital.  The day before radiation, my PSA was 0.7.    Within 6 months of the end of radiation, it fell to less than 0.1, and it has remained there since.  It's now been close to 5 years since my radiation treatments.
I continue to get 6 month PSA checks and exams from my radiation oncologist.