|My Urologist's Office|
This past Friday I had my semi-annual visit to my urologist. I have these twice a year visits to get a head start should any of my developing kidney stones decided to drop and cause me to make an excruciating visit to the emergency room again. The good news is that I have two small kidney stones that are behaving themselves. They're there but behaving themselves, for now anyway.
The potential bad news is that my prostate cancer may be trying to make a comeback.
My PSA score is steadily inching upwards every time I get my labs. Even though it is still well under the 0 to 3.9 range considered normal, it is now .23 up from .17 six months ago. After I had my seed implant radiation treatment for prostate cancer in 2013 (my PSA was 8.4 then) my PSA score always hovered around .12.
I asked my urologist what should I do. He said we'll just monitor it for now but maybe in the future I might get another biopsy of my prostate. Oh no, I don't want to go through that worse than water boarding torture again to get twelve pieces of specimens from my walnut sized prostate gland. He said eventual removal of the prostate is also a consideration. I don't know if I want to do that either considering the side effects of which I won't go into now but they are not pleasant.
I called my friend Rich tonight and asked him what he did. He had his prostate removed thirteen years ago but his PSA came back. He said he underwent radiation treatment and now his PSA score is down. He said his doctor said "that cancer is looking for a place to land." So there is my friend who had his prostate removed and his PSA still came back.
You know what folks? I'm just going to monitor this. Not happy about it but I know something will eventually get me in the end. No one gets out of this life alive but I hope is that I would ease out of it with minimal pain and dependence on others. I have my backup plan. But for now I'm looking forward to week after next when I land in Philadelphia and spend a Christmas week with my good friends Pat and Don. And believe me folks, I cherish every moment.