My husband who is 56 years of age has now been diagnosed with his second recurrence of Prostate Cancer and I am terrified. He was first diagnosed in January of 2004 (at the age of 50) and underwent a Radical Prostatectomy. In August of 2005, he was diagnosed with a recurrence and underwent 48 radiation treatments. In January of 2009, his PSA again began to rise. It was 0.1 in January, 0.3 in April, 0.5 in July and 0.91 in November. We are scheduled to return to the doctor in January of 2010 for another PSA test. I feel like all of this waiting is giving this cancer time to grow and that we are wasting precious treatment time. I would appreciate any insight that anyone can provide. Thank you so much.
Posted: 18 Nov 2009 09:47 AM Originally Posted: 18 Nov 2009 09:46 AM
I'm sorry to hear that you and your husband are dealing with this prostate cancer rollercoaster ride. The waiting can be extremely taxing and tough to weather.
It sounds like you have some very specific concerns that only your medical team can address. Treatment for prostate cancer post surgery and radiation treatment can vary based on a number of patient specific factors and his PSA levels. Some physicians don't treat until the PSA passes a threshold of 1.0 I wondering if your husband might want to call his medical team to get some of these questions answered prior to his January visit. Some patients will also obtain a second opinion in order to get a better understading of their specific medical situation. One resource that can provide peer to peer support by phone is Anderson Network. Here's the link so you can find out more information about this resource.
Sorry to hear about the second recurrence of our husband's Prostate Cancer. I have only had one recurrance and had the 38 radiation treatments last year. So far, my PSA has been very low (less than 0.01). However, I also fear a second recurrance and then, what? I think that after a second recurrence, it may be hormones. It is also a shame since your husband is in his early 50s. In my case, I am 70 and my general MD (not my oncologist) told me that at my age, even if the PSA continues to rise, I will probably die of something else other than Prostate cancer; however, I still worry everytime I have to go for a PSA test. By the way, you said your husband was going to see his urologist in January 2010. What is the latest?? Where do you live? I am in Houston, Tx. and I think I have the best urologist and best radiologist.... I can give you their names for a second opinion. At any rate, good luck to you and your husband. My prayers are with you as well as with those who have gone through PC as I have.....
Unfortunately, in January 2010, my husband's PSA rose to 2.74. In February, he underwent a bone scan, as well as CT scans of the head, chest, abdominal and pelvis. Results revealed metastases to both lungs, as well as one of his ribs. He immediately started hormone ablation therapy, consisting of Casodex and Lupron injections every three months. He is suffering from severe fatigue, weight gain, as well as debilitating hot flashes. We return in April for our next follow-up. We just continue to take 1 day at a time and hope for the best.
Posted: 22 Mar 2010 04:12 PM Originally Posted: 22 Mar 2010 04:11 PM