Hi, Everyone - hope all OK with you guys and that you are all as well as can be expected whilst battling this nasty illness.
It’s another me, me, me Post I’m afraid, but I feel I must share with you the good news my Oncologist gave me at my local hospital this morning. For the third PSA reading in a row, since finishing SRT in December 2017, she was delighted to inform me that my reading is currently undetectable on the machinery they use. You can imagine how happy I was to receive this fantastic information.
In my file she was sorry to see that I had recently undergone a Colonoscopy procedure (18/10), because for the past three months my bowel actions have been very urgent, unpredictable and often accompanied with blood. The guy who did the procedure cut out nine polyps which were then sent for biopsy. To date I have received no news on the biopsies. He also wants to do another Colonoscopy session in the near future because there are two polyps still to be dealt with. Lucky me!!! However, the good news was that on his camera reaching the bowel, his trained eye could see nothing too sinister. There was radiotherapy damage showing in the lining of the anal tube and he said this was the nasty side effect of the radiation and hence my current ‘number two‘ problems. My Oncologist sympathised but wasn’t too peturbed by this side effect. She is hopeful that, in time, the problem will clear up naturally and so told me to keep on using the steroid cream that has been prescribed. If it doesn’t heal, then she also told me that other sufferers, who have experienced the same complaint, had been helped with laser surgery. So this mght be a future option for me.
However, this didn’t deter from the grateful feelings I’d had from my very good PSA reading. I have to see the Urologist in March 2019 and if the good news continues then the Oncologist will next see me in the September.
Best wishes to you ALL - David