Yesterday I went down to the Dattoli Cancer Center to see Dr. Sorace for my one year since seeds exam. Paula has been nervous about this appointment when she heard that my PSA had gone up to .2 from .0125 since my last test in September. I really was not concerned because I felt that I was still under the influence of the hormone treatment I was on.
Well they did the works on me a CT scan, where they took a bunch of images, which I never saw. Then Paula and I spoke to Dr. Sorace where we brought up the increase in PSA and we were told not to worry, as my PSA is not fully stable yet. PSA also bounces or goes up several times after seeding and is fully normal.
Then I was subjected again to the blue STURRIPS where I had another color Doppler ultrasound. There is a large flat panel color screen right over your head and you can see what the doctor sees. Last time I had this procedure there were several red clusters all over my prostate that indicated the blood flow that was feeding the cancer. This time NADA!!! I can tell you that it was a powerful image for me. NADA cancer!
I will have to have blood work done every four months and then return in one year. This is how I will be keeping track of time when it comes to my life with cancer. Each Spring I will think of a year of life and not death.