I would like to 1st start out by saying, I'm happy that I found this great site of wealthy information ! I've been reading many posts for a few weeks now, and decided to post my story: My Name is Eric,
My story starts with a trip to my Primary doctor because I was having troubles peeing. IE: Feeling like I have to go, but it wasn't coming out as it should, very slowly. And also noticing my ejaculations were getting Less and Less, also not getting the same erections as I had been. I also was getting bad pains in my tail bones and my hips. I knew something was wrong with me, but had no clue as to what. At that time in June 2015 , I was 55. She (My Doctor) ran some blood work and did a urine test. Told me I had a hint of blood in my urine and treated me for a UTI. I took the antibiotics for a week and went back to see her, Was told NO, UTI, but my PSA was 8.3 and I had to see a Urologist. See him, and he did a DRE (I had 1 when I was 50) and told me my prostate was enlarged and should be ok about cancer because he didn't feel any lumps or bumps and I need more blood work, Results of the blood work turned in a PSA of 12.9. He told me that was high and was concerned. Next step was a biopsy?
To be honest, I really new nothing about the prostate or Cancer in general. For whatever reasons the was. No one in my family to my knowledge, ever had any type of cancer. My doc call me up with the results, He said I have prostate cancer and it may be aggressive and we needed to be aggressive in the treatment. Gelson Score of 9.3,,I said OK, Now What do we do. He was going to remove it with the Da Vinci method, but I had to get a full body bone scan and an MRI of the prostate to see if it spread.
From the time he told me I had to get a biopsy, I started researching about all I had just learned....What I learned was, It didn't look good for me based on all the symptoms I had and learned about. Test results came back, that yes, it was bad and it had spread into my pelvis. He sent me to Fox Chase Cancer Center in Philadelphia. I live in Southern Shore area in NJ. Went to FCCC and had a consultation with an Oncologist there . That's were the bomb was dropped on us, that I had Stage 4 prostate cancer . We asked about life expectancy, and he said 50% of people like me could have 4 1/2 years of life and 50% of people make it longer......WOW,
His plan was for me to start chemo within the week . He pretty much said that's about the only thing I could do, I said NO I don"t want to do chemo, for many reasons of my own. He set me up with an Oncologist in my area to see. I went to see him, and he explained to us that my cancer was aggressive and we had to hammer it hard to extend my life as long as possible. He told us that in Newer trials , they found that giving a person of my age ( Kinda young for advanced cancer and pretty healthy) Megadoses of Taxotere from the start to the finish of them, the have gotten very good results. I did 10 rounds at 174 ML over 90 minutes every 21 days and he started 0n Bicalutamide and also Prednisone. I also got the Neulasta on arm at every round. I completed my 10th round of chemo Sept 13 2016. My PSA is undetectable 0.1 . I also get once a month a shot of Xgeva and Lupron. Ill be getting these till I guess they stop working. Whats next???? when it stops How would you guys PLAN your life after what I already completed? I understand, that some treatments should, or should NOT come before one or the other, I worry If I,m heading for long life or not.
I also have been taking 5mg percocets 4 times a day to help with my bone pain and body aches, I'm at a point now where bending over, squatting etc is more painful all the time My feet kill me as walking on them is very painful, I work on a construction site. Like to hear what others are taking for pain meds and may help me. I go for my 2 injections this thursday.
Thanks in advance Eric