Men Against Cancer (MAC)

Prostate and Testicular Support Group in Partnership with the Irish Cancer Society

A Member of Europa Uomo the European Prostate Cancer Coalition

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John Dowling
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Mike
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78 years old
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I am 69, and have had PCa stage 3 Gleason 8 for about 5 years. My PSA is holding since my treatment at 0.1 approx. Treatment consisted of ADT & Radiation. I do not really expect a "cure" as such as once it had metastasised the cat was out of the bag. So all I hope for really is a very long remission, as there are really no worthwhile new treatments for CRPC on the horizon.Yes, I know about Abiraterone and have ben following that story since it was first mentioned about 5 years ago. However, I am of the opinion that an extension to life of perhaps 5 months is just delaying the inevitable and perhaps protracting the sense of impending loss experienced by one's family. All I would wish for would be a painfree passing when the time comes, as scientists and doctors describe the end game as "excruciatingly painful". However, I think that depends on where one lives at the time as I would think that a good hospice in the area would ease one's difficulty greatly. No chance of that where I am living at present.

I live in Leitrim, where there is no support network, yet on average there must be hundreds of men with the disease living in this area. A peculiar thing of some interest is that from the age of 33, I had a PSA test every year without fail! I wish all you PCa patients well, remember that those with early diagnosis and treatment, it is very curable and people go on to lead full lives in the majority of cases.



tierneys
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