Paul finished radiation yesterday. Check out this video.
After his final treatment, we met with Dr. Pugh to discuss what happens next. He needs to stay on the ADT hormone block until at least July 2019. So he gets another three-month shot in January and one more in April.
They’ll check his PSA and testosterone levels every few months but we’re playing the looooong game here. The ADT therapy (Lupron) will artificially depress his PSA levels so it won’t be possible to get a truly accurate reading until late 2019 (after we’ve allowed a long period of time for the drug to completely dissipate and his testosterone levels to bounce back.) That said, Dr. Pugh said we’re looking for his PSA to be very low (practically zero) and then to not rise by more than a few numbers once his ADT therapy is finished. IF his PSA rises over time, it means that there is an “issue” and he’ll need additional diagnostics to determine the cause.
But for now, we are focusing on the positive. It’s gonna be close to a year before we have any more definitive news so we are assuming that Paul is now cancer free and we are getting on with our lives. If this experience has taught us anything it is not to postpone joy. We’re looking forward to the big things (our wedding/honeymoon, new grandchild, getting a puppy) and also to the small day-to-day rhythm of our daily lives (work, gym, movies, etc.) Life is good. Actually, it’s GREAT.
Sending you all love and light.
Jill and Paul
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Gregory Woods said:
Hey Paul, I’m so happy you finished your radiation treatments and are doing well!! You don’t know me from adam, but I’ve been following your blog, the highs and the lows. I had a prostate cancer scare early last year, but the biopsy came back negative. I can breathe easier…..for now😬. Thanks for let me tag along in your journey to become cancer free…..it was inspiring 👍🏾👍🏾👍🏾!!! Wishing you all the best! Greg W.
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Charles Moorehead said:
I will be getting oarspacer and gold seeds soon, then radiation treatment. I have a metastasis on ,your hip and extandi no longer working. Were there any serious side effects from the spacer or radiation treatment. Thanks Chuck
No serious side effects from either. The worst of it was the ADT therapy for the year following treatment.
Larry Heyda said:
Hi Paul, May I ask how you are doing now? I’ve been following your blog, but I don’t see anything beyond 2018. I was just diagnosed with prostate cancer Gleason 3+4 =7 Gleason pattern 4 40% in two spots.
Working on a long overdue blog update now. But the short answer is that Paul is doing GREAT. Low PSA. Testosterone bounced back. All is well.