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Chris Thornhill and Veronica live in England. He was 60 when he was diagnosed in November, 2011. His initial PSA was 20.00 ng/ml, his Gleason Score was 7b, and he was staged T2a. His choice of treatment was Surgery (Manual Laparoscopic Prostatectomy ). Here is his story.

I found I had PC while living in Denmark, the surgeon suggested urgent radical prostatectomy, Dec 2011

Result was just a few lymph nodes had signs otherwise all clear after op, PSA insignificant.

After 6 months PSA 0.1, after 1 year 0.4, surgeon suggested RT. By the time I had RT in May 2013, my PSA had risen to 0.7.

After RT PSA dropped to 0.4, then over next 2 years rose gradually to 1.5.

Early 2016, PSA 2, then 3.6 in June then 7.8 in November 2016. Following discussion with consultant in Addenbrooks, Cambridge (I moved back to UK in 2015), even though there were no signs of spread in bones, kidneys, bladder, etc, we agreed to start course of 28 days of Bicalutamide, then after 15 days 3 monthly Zoladex injections. When I asked consultant life expectancy, honestly, he said he could only say that statistically it was 5-10 years, that shocked me!

After 6 weeks PSA dropped to 0.35.

I play national level field hockey, but since taking Zoladex feel very tired, can only manage 50-60 minutes every 2-3 days, but I walk my dog around 8-10km every day. I now sleep 8-10 hours/night, have some hot flushes, can only drink around 3-4 units alcohol without hangover.

I have a few friends with similar stories, we all hope we will last longer & get on with life, I would welcome exchange with others who are in the club nobody wanted to join!

Chris's e-mail address is: crthornhill@gmail.com


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