Well, it has been one month since my treatment in Germany. I am doing great. I just got my 30 day PSA check, which lowered from 9.4 on the day I arrived at the clinic, down to 3.8, which is within the normal range of 0-4! While this is great news, the result could be getting some artificial help from the hormone block. (I received a one-month Zoladex Depot injection to suppress testosterone production). Speaking of which, it did have some pesky side effects: a bout of fatigue that lasted for one week, and an extremely low libido (which continues, but doctor assures me the effect will wane soon.) I’ve also put on a few pounds, but I have been a little less active with the fatigue, plus I think I’ve had four or five desserts too many since I’ve been back. The clinic treated us to cake every day, and I guess I’ve continued that tradition.
Next step is an MRI at the 90 day mark. I am scheduled for Dec 16th. This should provide evidence of tumor shrinkage/elimination. I am also supposed to start taking daily Finasteride to block DHT (Dihydrotesterone) the same culprit that causes male pattern baldness. So, I may get my Fro back.
Great news and great start to healing…Hugs, Ish
Gigi Garland Gibbs said:
Yay! Go Team ‘Fro!
Mary Ruhling Gilbert said:
So very glad to hear the good news…don’t forget to smile pretty on Dec 16th!!!
Hello Bro Paul! So glad to hear from you. I think it is GRAND that you have taken such a pro active position in managing your health, which so many of us(including me😉), tend to think it manages itself. Glad to hear your progress. You are someone who totally seems to understand the Dr.(s) diagnosis and and the science behind it! Are you sure you’re not a doctor?😃. Thanks for sharing the concerns and questions your family may have but don’t communicate. I’m praying and thinking of you, even though I don’t get the chance to let you know as often as I should. Cake is my #1 cryptinite!🙋🏾. You are an incredible man, with or without a bro fro!! Love you!
Would a pca3 be appropriate for cancer cell detection as it wouldn’t be affected by finesteride or a hormone block?
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