When Dave got the diagnosis in 2002 we were faced with
some difficult choices as to therapy. We opted for surgery and went onto
the waiting list at Whangarei Base Hospital.
But about the time his name was coming up on the list he
had emergency surgery for a congenital adhesion that suddenly caused a
massive blockage. They wouldn’t put in a zip so a few weeks later the
same incision was re-opened for the prostatectomy.
Unfortunately, his PSA became readable about a year later
so for a time we “watched and waited” while it climbed steadily. When we
judged it had gone far enough he went onto three-monthly Zoladex
implants. These stopped the PSA in its tracks but also stopped some
other interesting things with the usual side-effects. And in a year the
PSA became measurable again.
So he’s been on daily Bicalutamide tablets as well as
Zoladex for about three years and his PSA reading became
readable again in 2011. That’s not a bad story up to this point, thanks to early
intervention and some great professional assistance. However, two years later his PSA was going up rapidly and we made the decision to move to Hibiscus Coast Village near Auckland.
Here we found that North Shore Hospital was one of only three in the country promoting a new drug trial and the process of entering this revealed the location of the cancer which had progressed beyond the prostrate region. This diagnosis was followed by a short series of radiation on the area, resulting in a dramatic set-back of Dave's PSA. However, a year later it resumed a steep upward climb. In early 2016 he is on an additional medication and his doubling rate of PSA seems to be something under six months.
Dave’s light-hearted little book of limericks about his
surgery still expresses the positive outlook that we both have as we
journey on with Ca Pros.
for a free copy.