Hi All, I was diagnosed in 2009 with PC. I didn't have any symptoms. I went in for my 50 year check up & my doc noticed a slight enlargement of the prostate with a digital exam. As he was getting ready to walk out the door with an all clear, he off offhandedly asked, "You don't have cancer in your family right?". I said actually my mom had colon cancer which they caught early enough to beat it. (She's now 94.) And then I said my brother had some sort of cancer where they put some radioactive seeds in him...(That's how clueless I was) My docs eyes shot open and said "Oh, he had prostate cancer." So... he said we should probably do a PSA check to be sure & sure enough it came back at 14. Did the biopsy & that came back as the real deal with a Gleason score of 3+4 with 6 of 12 of the biopsy's showing cancer. Radical Prostatectamy and 35 sessions of radiation followed. The doc was not able to get clear margins in surgery. I had a 2 ml area where it looked like it had escaped the prostate. PSA numbers cooperated for a little while but it's been 6+ years of the fight of my life. Lupron worked for 1 year and then I had to wait until the scans would show that lymph nodes were involved and then I became a candidate for Provenge. Did the Provenge treatment, added Eligard, Xtandi and Celibrex in 2014. At this point (March 2016) the numbers are going in the right direction with each PSA test. Before Provenge my PSA had climbed to 3.4. That was in Nov. 2013.
In May 2014 - 1.57.
Nov. 2014 - 1.29.
May 2015 - .97
Nov. 2015 .46
I've been pretty strict about a non animal based diet since the whole ordeal began. I stay away from meat, dairy and sugar for the most part. The most interesting thing as of late and what I think might have attributed to the 50% drop in my last PSA is that I've started ingesting CBD oil twice a day.
I also put a heaping 1/2 teaspoon of turmeric powder and a chunk of ginger root into my smoothie every day. (I have a Vitamix. Pretty important for getting all that I put into my smoothie to break down so it's edible and, for the most part enjoyable.) According to stuff I've read is that you need to add black pepper with the turmeric to help your body assimilate the turmeric better.
Back to the CBD oil. CBD oil is the non psychoactive aspect of the marijuana plant. Because it has very little THC (The psychoactive aspect of the plant) it actually is labeled as a hemp product. I get no high that I'm aware of. I'm still working 40 hours a week and can't afford nor am I interested in the high that's associated with marijuana. I started taking it 4 weeks before my last PSA check in Nov. 2015. I don't know that it's responsible for the 50% drop but I hope it is. My next PSA will be in May & I'm very curious to see what comes of it.
Between diet, pretty regular exercise, pharmaceuticals, an amazing supportive wife and family, and a strong praying community around me things feel pretty freaking good. As all of you can attest to, every day and every moment is a gift that we no longer can take for granted.
I'm coming up on my 57 birthday and looking forward to as many as I can get.
Wow that got long winded.