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High PSA nearly 6000 at diagnosis.

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Posted 23 Nov 2018 at 13:00

Diagnosed with APc August 2018. At diagnosis PSA presented as 5806. Two months Degarelix, now switched to Prostap, at same time chemotherapy which has combined to reduce PSA to 34.9 at 7th November. Wondering if such a very high PSA at diagnosis impacts on future prospects of managing APC. Generally feeling well if just a little lacking in energy. 

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Posted 23 Nov 2018 at 16:56
Great news on your fantastic PSA reduction, and no your not a record holder as “over 13000” has been recorded!!

And just for info I started in Jan/17 on 1547 and got mine down to 94. Gone back up now but still feeling ok. Click on my avatar for further details.

Keep the Faith

J..

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Posted 23 Nov 2018 at 17:07
Sorry you don’t get the Gold Medal, Dai.

Maybe you’ll get a loser’s medal with f*** all PSA quite soon! 😉

Cheers, John

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Posted 23 Nov 2018 at 17:15
We have a couple of members diagnosed reasonably recently who had PSA around 6000. You could look for Trevor_Boothe's threads - he was the one who had PSA of 13,000 and he lived for about 5 years but did have other medical conditions.

The highest PSA our urologist has ever seen was 160,000

"Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards." Soren Kierkegaard

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Posted 23 Nov 2018 at 16:14
DBlue, I think the high initial PSA is worrying, but much more important will be the nadir you reach after the chemo. I've read of men who have even shown undetectable PSA after treatment like yours. Have faith! BTW, I think the weariness will probably get worse before it gets better, but you can expect recovery from this, even if you find you are on HT for a long time.

Good Luck

AC

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Posted 23 Nov 2018 at 16:38
Hi Blue,

I wonder if you are a world-record holder with that figure?

I am not sure how astronomic PSA such as your initial score correlates exactly to future outcomes. Others here will no doubt comment.

But anyway, great news that your treatment plan is obviously working, and I wish you all the best for the future.

Cheers, John

User
Posted 23 Nov 2018 at 16:56
Great news on your fantastic PSA reduction, and no your not a record holder as “over 13000” has been recorded!!

And just for info I started in Jan/17 on 1547 and got mine down to 94. Gone back up now but still feeling ok. Click on my avatar for further details.

Keep the Faith

J..

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Posted 23 Nov 2018 at 16:56

AC

Thanks for your comments. This is all still a new experience for me but I was amazed after just one month on Degarelix my PSA dropped to around 1600. Would have liked to have kept with it but my Oncologist decided to switch me to Prostap. More convenient as only 3 monthly injections (for life apparently). The team treating me have been brilliant so would trust them to keep up the progress. 

 

Thanks

David

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Posted 23 Nov 2018 at 17:05

Thanks guys for the encouragement. Next appointment with my oncologist is December 5th. Hopefully PSA still on a downward trend. Genuinely thought that my initial PSA was out of site. Amazing I don't have some sort of record high. 

 

David

User
Posted 23 Nov 2018 at 17:07
Sorry you don’t get the Gold Medal, Dai.

Maybe you’ll get a loser’s medal with f*** all PSA quite soon! 😉

Cheers, John

User
Posted 23 Nov 2018 at 17:15
We have a couple of members diagnosed reasonably recently who had PSA around 6000. You could look for Trevor_Boothe's threads - he was the one who had PSA of 13,000 and he lived for about 5 years but did have other medical conditions.

The highest PSA our urologist has ever seen was 160,000

"Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards." Soren Kierkegaard

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Posted 01 Jan 2019 at 13:59

Not posted anything for a while because still feel much of a newbie on this ’journey’, so to speak and really don’t think I could add anything to all the knowledge you guys and your carers come up with. However, since my first post have had five cycles of chemo (docetaxel) together with initially degarelix but now prostap. PSA now down to 17.4 (from initial 5806) which have to put down to fantastic care and treatment from Queen’s Hospital, Burton on Trent. they insisted on early chemo within a month of diagnosis which possibly made all the difference. Home and diet regime drastically changed and supervised by my good lady who like all the carers on this forum supports and encourages constantly. Chemo has been fine, few side effects just a bit of hair thinning, the expected tiredness and annoyingly tingling and numb fingers. All in all feel very fortunate compared to some but my problem because of this is that I don’t think I have come to terms with having PCa which puts me almost in denial. I know full well that sometime in the future it will get personal and nasty between me and the beast and hope to be strong enough to handle it. 

Good luck and best wishes for 2019 to all you guys and will continue to read your posts and learn.

David

 

 

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Posted 01 Jan 2019 at 16:45
David, very good progress. Is the PSA still coming down? I take it you have at least one more cycle to complete? No reason why more should not follow if every cycle brings further progress. I'd looking for a single figure nadir, but you may not be so lucky. In any event, lots of hope for your future based on treatment so far!

AC

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Posted 01 Jan 2019 at 16:57

Hi AC

yep, PSA has dropped every time so far following start of chemo. Not so spectacular now, obviously. My 6th chemo cycle due 17th Jan so hoping for maybe sneeking to single figures, who knows. Then just the Prostap injections from Feb and meetings with Onco and more scans.  Hope you get to single figures yourself.

 

David

 
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