I was recently diagnosed with advanced prostate cancer. 62 years old and otherwise in very good shape. I had a radical prostatectomy back in 2014 (Gleason score 8). Everything fine since then and PSA under control (about 0.875). I developed lower back pains in about April and initially sought remedy through various neurosurgeons. However, after extensive diagnosis (a long story), the cause of the pain was found to be metastatic prostate cancer. I have lived and worked as an expatriate in Moscow (Russia) for the past 15 years but have now moved back to Johannesburg to be near to my treatment options.
So far I am OK but not sure what to expect going forward. I have been able to keep some of my work going so am quite busy. I work on exercising regularly and holding a very positive mindset. I had an unexpected collapse about a month ago; this followed a week of heavy radiation on my spine. I ended up in ICU with a haemoglobin count of around 3. I spent 4 days in hospital with no recollection of anything but since then have been fine apart from the occasional bout of short breath at night. My only treatment currently is a daily Caloxa tablet supplemented by Nexium and Valoid to control any potential nausea (no problem). I am also taking a calcium supplement 3 times a day because of low calcium levels - this low calcium level I am told may apparently have had some impact on my recent collapse.
I look forward very much to following the daily posts and learning as much as possible - and hopefully to contributing whenever possible too. I would also be very happy to make contact with anyone with similar challenges living in South Africa.