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My fight – Weekly Update

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Dear family and friends

Today, I went to see the Urologist – with trepidation – for my three monthly evaluation of the hormone therapy.

On one of these visits, he will tell me that the hormone is no longer working and that would mean the only treatments left are chemotherapy and radiation – neither of which will add to my lifespan.  From that point, the average lifespan is less than 18 months.

Not today however!  In fact, I received the good news that my PSA reading had come down from 300 to 59.5.  From a starting point of 1,000 that is a remarkable drop and he was finally able to say that I am headed for remission (PSA <4).  He was rather excited that I was doing so much better than he had expected and set the next appointment for the end of January.  So there, I have at least one more Christmas ahead of me!

We got to discuss the back end treatments and their efficacy and I told him I was looking for a holding position – at the expense of longevity – with a rapid decline rather than an ongoing deteriotation into loss of control to linger on for an extra month or so.  He commended me on my outlook explaining that too many people will take every available treatment – no matter what the side effects might bring – in the false hope of getting some extra time.

I also wanted to know how, upon diagnosis, that the cancer was in its final stages and so aggressive without me knowing about it.  He explained that I may have had it for many years without symptoms or it may have been as little as six months starting out in an aggressive manner.  I mean, how can a man protect himself against prostate cancer if the damned thing is so variable?

I have concluded that every man, by the time he reaches 50, must assume that he will get prostate cancer.  Taking a finger up the bum and having a PSA blood test every year is a small price to pay to ensure you do not fall foul of the disease or to catch it before it is terminal.  Caught in the initial stages, prostate cancer is mostly cureable.  So, face the consequences at your own peril.

Whilst I got that good news today, the severity of the cancer is such that the trip to Benalla and back was too much for me and I collapsed in a heap when I got home.  I had to get into the liquid morphne and sleep for about four hours before I came back into the real world to write this post.



Written by Greg Naylor

11 October 2008 at 12:05 am

Posted in Greg Naylor, my fight

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