Specialising in the human experience of Living with prostate cancer – warts and all

Another year to go – one day at a time

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I have just had the annual bone scan and CT scan to see how things have changed in twelve months.  The bone scan showed marked improvement through the ribs and pelvic area but showed new tumour growth in the left ischium – better known as the bum bone – whilst the CT scan showed major dilation of the hepatic bile ducts.  Overall, not dramatically more serious than a year ago.  Thus, I had to find out where specific threats to my longevity lay.

My specialist advises that my PSA level has risen from 5 to 75 in spite of the hormone implants over the last six months which are no longer having any positive effects.  At the current rate of rise, I can expect another twelve months of relative comfort before the tumours grow to such a size that they apply pressure to my other organs when the decline will probably be swift.  In the meantime, with the new activity in the bum bone, I have started getting sciatic nerve pain down the left leg which is likely to intensify.  If that pain cannot be held by analgesics, I may have to consider radiation therapy.

The wild card in all this is the dilation of the bile ducts which indicates a restriction – usually caused by gall stones or a potentially cancerous growth.  As it has been this way for a year and there have been no symptoms, the probability of gall stones is non-existent.  On the other hand, should it turn out to be cancerous – probably in the pancreas – there is no cure or treatment available so it becomes a pragmatic decision to wait and deal with it should it eventuate.

There is, however, a positive wild card with the use of the Natural Progesterone cream.  I have been using this for over a month and the results have been spectacular in the improvement of my quality of life.  My doctor has me keeping a pain management diary where the results have been documented.

Prior to the use of progesterone, I woke up every morning in pain and distress that required around 50mg oral morphine daily (breakthrough pain medication) and at least two hours recovery time.  By 5 pm, the pain and distress had returned requiring more breakthrough pain relief. In reality, the comfortable period of each day was between noon and 5 pm – not a real good way to live.

Since using the progesterone cream, I now wake almost every morning without the pain or distress and I rarely have need for the oral morphine.  On top of that, I have been able to reduce the controlled release opiate patch from 100 mcg/hr to 75 mcg/hr and I will be attempting to bring that down to a 50 mcg/hr patch.  That means I will have cut the opiate use from 150 mg/day to just 50 mg/day.  My comfort zone (quality of life) has been lifted from 5 hours/day to a full day like you enjoy.

If you know anyone with cancer who has to tolerate similar pain and/or distress, please tell them about what progesterone has done for me.  Show them the last few posts and encourage them to contact me if they need further information.

A good progesterone website can be found here and covers the whole range of uses for both men and women.  Take a look at this list of symptoms and diseases and you will be surprised how progesterone may be able to help you too.

My GP is an enthusiastic convert to the use of progesterone in men which is used to counter ‘estrogen dominance’ as found in menopausal women.  He sees me walk into his clinic every fortnight and has seen the difference in my quality of life first hand.

After the August review, I was rather depressed with the news that they had run out of treatment options and that I could have as few as three months ahead of me.  This October review is far more positive and I am relieved to hear that I have the extra time and an improved quality of life.

I may even get to see Collingwood win back to back premierships 😉


Written by Greg Naylor

8 October 2010 at 10:14 pm

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  1. I may even get to see Collingwood win back to back premierships

    If that happens, Greg, then I’ll be gone before you are … I’ll be jumping off Mt Buffalo.

    Ray Dixon

    9 October 2010 at 12:31 pm

    • Hi Ray, another comment below from Pauline (not my Pauline) has volunteered to jump off Mt Buffalo with you should the Magpies win again. You never know, you might get a whole self destruct movement happening amongst Collingwood haters if you really try. 😉

      Greg Naylor

      11 October 2010 at 9:52 pm

  2. Go Pies.
    Go Greg.
    Great to catch up recently for a D&M (deep and meaningful ) -and a memorable family day.

    Some encouraging news in your update!

    Was on opertaion to remove the prostate ever considered in the early stage?
    Talk again soon

    Russ B

    9 October 2010 at 7:42 pm

    • No Rus. By the timr it was diagnosed, it had escaped the prostate and established itself (metasticised) in the bones. Too late to remove it unfortunately

      Greg Naylor

      9 October 2010 at 8:54 pm

  3. Dear Greg & Pauline,
    I did not expect to hear all of the above as I had hoped that you were still on an upward climb. However, if attitude and positivity is any indication you will outwit the nasty little bugger longer than expected. As for Collingwood, happy for you but I am with Ray, wise man, he will not jump alone.
    Love to Pauline


    11 October 2010 at 9:34 am

  4. Good for you Greg – what a fighter. I’m really happy for you about Collingwood, but come next year, I’ll be with the other lemmings.

    My cousin was once in the Herald shown kissing the ground that Collingwood was about to play on. The shame.

    Just saw Dad – he’s still OK for 88. We’re very lucky.


    12 October 2010 at 5:50 am

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