Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Where does it begin?

Roger was diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2001.  PSA was 27.  The horomone therapy worked for a while then the anti-androgen was added.  In other words he recieved a shot of Lupron every three months, and took a casodex 50mg pill once a day. PSA had dropped to >2. He was under the care of a competent urologist, there was no oncologist on his case. This happened before I met Roger in 2003, September, no, maybe October.  (Its another story for another day)  Sometime around mid 2004, with a rising PSA, unsure, think it got to 4, the urologist reccommended radiation, and thus, Roger  received radiation, from a lazer kind of machine, that zapped mapped areas on his body with radiation.  5 days a week for 8 weeks.  The radiation really did zap the cancer, and it remained in a sloooow growth period for almost 7 years.  Things changed rather quickly in 2011 when it became apparent the PSA was doubling in 6 months.  And this is where this story begins.