I had a useful chat with one of the registrars yesterday as the head honcho was tied up.
First of all, some personal good news, my PSA count is now sub 0.01 i.e. undetectable - whoo!
I didn't get a chance to find out from the doctor as the trial nurse came out to see me in the waiting room with a beaming smile on her face saying we have just been discussing you... Bless her. Hugs all round!
A bottle of red was cracked open on return to the house...
Post RT Treatment
So, interestingly, there seems to be two general strands to post RT treatment.
* If your PSA at diagnosis was below 50 the view is continue with HT for a total of 3 years and then come off of it.
* If your PSA at diagnosis was above 50 then HT will be used indefinitely until such time that it ceases to be effective.
My PSA was 500 at diagnosis so that was not what I wanted to hear. After some discussion it was agreed that as I'm on the trial the trial timings would be the guide and then a review would take place post trial. So my course is set for the next year.
I expressed the wish that I'd like, at some time in the future, to come off HT and see what transpires and I was not told a definite 'no'.
Also at diagnosis I was given a three year prognosis. I asked why as over one year down the track my PSA is as low as it can be and that two more years seems a bit inaccurate. I was told that statistically presenting with a PSA of 500 at diagnosis indicates a three year prognosis, which is what I was given. A year down the line I was told 'there is no reason to believe that is an accurate assessment anymore' However, no new estimates were offered.
So it looks like I'm non the wiser and just need to continue to ride that train until something changes.
Cycling - I've been given the OK to restart cycling again, so that should get a few pound off my middle with any luck.
Massages - I was on holiday earlier this year when a thread was started regarding massages. The bottom line was that the views were 50/50 so I decided on the pragmatic view and stopped having them, even though I was in massage central - Bali.
I asked what the 'official' view was yesterday and was told it should be fine. I then asked about lymphatic massage (which sometimes is thrown in as part of the massage package) and was told that would be fine as well, for me, as I have no mets. However I was told to avoid massage to the groin area. (insert your own joke here)
So, an interesting meeting.
Edited by member 17 Jul 2014 at 09:17
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