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Chansa B lives in Zambia. He was 59 when he was diagnosed in March, 2014. His initial PSA was 65.00 ng/ml, his Gleason Score was 8, and he was staged Unknown. His choice of treatment was ADT-Androgen Deprivation (Hormone) (Other). Here is his story.

I started experiencing difficult in passing urine about March 2014. An ultrasound scan revealed an enlarged prostate gland. I was on a catheter for about two months. A rectal exam confirmed that my prostate gland was enlarged with irregular edges, leading to prostate cancer suspicion. A biopsy confirmed advanced prostate cancer. An MRI and a "Nuclear biology/technology" scans ruled out spreading of the cancer to the bones but only confined to the soft tissues in the groin/waist areas. Of course the left lymph nodes in the groin were initially swollen, but not now. An oncologist put me on Zoladex (10.8mg) implants in June, 2014. I have since been taking this treatment every three months. My SPA fell from 65 to about 0.1. In Feb. - March, 2015, I underwent 15 sessions of radiotherapy and my PSA dropped to 0.02. But it went up to about 0.2 in September, 2015. I'll do another PSA in December, 2015 when I go for another treatment and review. So far, so good, though I am having challenge with passing urine. Incontinence seems to be creeping up.

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November 2015

Side-effects of my ADT are hot flushes, weight gain and penile dysfunction.

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December 2015

My PSA on 28 December 2015 was 0.07.

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April 2016

In addition to ADT, I started taking Prostate complex, Immune complex (from Nativa) and Omega 3 supplments in February, 2016. My PSA dropped to 0.01 in April, 2016. I have also been doing aerobics regularly. However, I am having problems with incontinence and UTIs.

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August 2016

When I went for my review in June, 2016 with a PSA of 0.01 (same as the one for March, 2016), I was told the treatment regime will change because I can only be on Zoladex for two years (that is, since June, 2014).

I was asked to go back for review six months later (December, 2016) when I will be put on a new drug, which was not disclosed to me. I am doing fine apart from the usual urinary and minor urge incontinence. I have noticed a reduction in thickness of the urine stream, and I have to go often to the toilet, particulary at night, as a result. I am worried my urethra might get blocked.

Chansa's e-mail address is: chansa56@yahoo.co.uk


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