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I am very happy to report that my post surgical PSA is 0–undectable! I expected more improvement with my bladder control. I do have some control, but I am still leaking after eight weeks. I continue to kegel daily.
Doug, thanks for your reply. Hope everything goes well for you, fight strong!!!!
Thank you Doug for sharing this information. My father has had 2 types of cancer, and he is 84. I’m sure the combination of these things and getting old cause him some hair lost. I lost my mother at the age of 19, she was 38. My father has been one of the best things in my life. He has taught me so much in life and we are all so grateful that he…
I’ve been on Lupron for nine months. Other than the obvious (ED, no libido, which I’m perfectly fine with) I’ve had no serious side effects. Occasional hot flashes, and a slight impairment in executive functioning. Lupron is definitely working for me and I plan on being on it indefinitely. My PSA has gone from 5,306 to 22, and I’ll have another…
I would highly recommend the test as it does provide three important benefits.
1) Results may affect treatment decisions.
2) Results may affect clinical trial eligibility.
3) For your family and relatives, particularly your children, as results will provide insight to cancer risk for them.
I’m glad you’re happy to have had it done, @doug. Aside from the health implications, I imagine just for peace of mind it’s good to know as much as possible. At least that would be the case for me. – Nina, ProstateCancer.net Team
When I went through chemo for PCa, I didn’t really experience hair loss (to be fair, I already had a head start) but it did quit growing. And I only had to shave once every two or three weeks, and even then, there wasn’t much to shave. Add one to the “benefits” column for chemo.
Met with a genetic counselor Tuesday to go over my test results. We tested 50 genes (including BRCA1, BRCA2, and CHEK2) and came back with no gene mutations. Still glad I had the test done.
Glad things are going well for you. Bravo! My story’s only similar in that I’m also on Lupron. My dx was actually stage 4, PSA 5,306, Gleason 9 (5+4). Did six cycles of chemo and started Lupron at the same time. Done with chemo, will be on Lupron indefinitely. Last PSA was 22. Still elevated but much lower than 5,306 so I’m happy. Has been going…
An age old and not very comforting response, @freightgod1954. I wish we could offer something more, but we aren’t medical professionals. Hopefully you’ll hear from others. If I see anyone mentioning radiation treatment, especially side effects, I will send them to this Q&A. Thank you for your comment. – Nina, ProstateCancer.net Team
Age 53 psa of 5.7 then one month later 12. Biopsy showed prostate cancer gleason 7- 3+4. I decided to go with robotic surgery and had to wait almost 3 months to get in. Recovery went very well. Walked every day to […]
Thank you for your response. My doctor gave me the “its possibly” response. Thats why I asked the question of the community. Before i go to the long process of seeing dermitologists and internists and doing dozens of allergy tests, maybe somebody has had the same problem.