I met with my oncologist today (which I do every three months), and got some good news.
My PSA count is 1.70, down from 2.94 in mid-October. To put that in perspective, my PSA in January 2006, just before I had my first round of radiation treatments, was 6.48. The number dropped to 1.44 after eight weeks of five-times-a-week external beam radiation therapy in March and April of 2006. It continued to go down steadily until January of this year, when it began climbing. By mid-August of 2010, it was up to 6.06.
I was immediately scheduled for a second round of radiation therapy, which I had in September. This time, I had two sessions of high dose rate brachytherapy. They were pretty brutal, but they seem to have done the trick. I’m heading in the right direction again.
The goal, of course, is to get my PSA count down to zero, or very close to it, and get it to stay there for five years. Then I’ll be declared a “cancer survivor.” Last time, I made it to four years before things got complicated again. Hopefully, the journey will be more successful this time.