Richard B lives in California, USA. He was 60 when he was diagnosed in September, 1999. His initial PSA was 7.40 ng/ml, his Gleason Score was 6, and he was staged T1c. His choice of treatment was Surgery (Retropubic Prostatectomy). Here is his story.
After surgery in early 2000, Gleason was upgraded to 7 (four plus three with 70% grade four). Was organ confined and a small tumor. Undetectable PSA for 11 years then recurrence happened over the next 2 years with doubling time of around 7 months. After PSA got to 1.0, had a C11-acetate scan which found two bone mets (one in C7 and the other near the hip) which were successfully treated with SBRT; the scan and also found possible pelvic node involvement. The latter was confirmed in the spring of 2005. In the summer of 2015 I was treated with a four month Lupron shot and 68 Gy by IMRT delivered to the pelvic area. Too early to be sure, but since my last PSA was 0.00 I am hopeful for a long-term remission. No doctor will give me a prognosis at this point in time.
Richard's e-mail address is: email@example.com