Greetings and strength to all:
New to site and wanted to share my info which, as I read, is very comparable to all.
First diagnosed after lifting a table while helping my son move this last October 2017 and, thinking at that time thinking I throw my back out....not so lucky. After my initial visit to the critical care office, and x-ray, determined to have five herniated vertebrae.
After a revisit based on extreme back and hip pain to my primary care doctor he wanted to do another full blood work up, which he did earlier in May 2017. In May my PSA was at < 3, when I redid my blood work in Oct 2017 it elevated up > 87; then > 170 in November... every year I did visits and screened by my Urologist.
My elevated PSA in Oct 2017 lead to my first visit to my new Urologist who immediately order a complete bone scan and biopsy on Dec 6th. Bone scan determined significant multifocal metastatic disease involving the skull, spine, ribs, shoulder, pelvis and long bones, head to toe so to speak. CAT and PET scans verified above and added pelvic lymphadenopathy. Further, my prostate biopsy interruption revealed GI 4+5, 100% - out of 12 markers, one group 4, one group 3, and the other 10 markers in group 5. Urologist and I discussed and advised not surgery and referred to my Medical Oncologist.
I want to note that I am a man of faith, have the best wife anyone could have, Sarah, the best family and friends; this gives me so much strength and makes me strong!!!!
My medical oncologist recommended and we implemented this treatment - Zytiga (1000 mg once a day), Predisone (5 mg, twice a day), infused Zoledronic Acid drip, and a Leuprolide (7.5 mg once a month for now); with GREAT results with PSA and pain. PSA last month dropped to 3 and pain lever much, much improved with the exception of pain in the rib area on both sides (M7 - M11) vertebrae. Medical oncologist recommended consulting with my Radiation Oncologist who now has just implemented low dose radiation to the M7 - M11 back area. Did my second visit late yesterday and have a scheduled total of 10 treatments. Will let you know.
Started yesterday with a group with Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center participating in Genomic Profiling both for myself and data research on prostate issues.
Staying strong and positive - ready for a battle if necessary.
God bless and stay strong all,
D/P/A - BAPMiami