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Voice Post: PSA down to 63! & a bone scan tomorrow

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Nov. 20th, 2006 | 12:37 am

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“Gosh it’s been a while since I posted, but I finally have internet access here in San Anselmo and I’m feeling pretty good so I thought I’d make a new post.

I had my third week of chemo and, in some ways, this was the easiest so far because I am a little more familiar with the territory so even though it often feels like two hands pushing me down in terms of the fatigue and I have a black cloud over my head for a week, emotionally speaking, I am a little more aware that it’s not just me. It is the fact that my body is processing all these chemicals and I know that the other side is near, so it’s easier now.

And the upside is that my PSA is down 20 points so it is now at 63. That is very significant because after the androgen deprivation therapy stopped working, it started rising and doubling every 2 weeks and it got all the way up to 83 and now it has dropped to 63 so it is headed in the right direction.

Also there was another blood measurement that indicates the possibility that my bones are normalizing. There’s less bone activity.

I’ll know a lot more tomorrow because tomorrow I am going to get a bone scan. That will allow me to compare it to the last one that I actually posted on here, and I plan to post this one too and we’ll be able to get a comparison.

Yeah, although I’m tired right now, I have to say, I am thoroughly enjoying life. Most days, after the first 5-7 days right after the chemo, most days, I feel great. There are many days, I don’t even think or feel or believe that I have cancer at all.

It’s hard to look in the mirror sometimes- I have a bald head – partly because I shaved it – and sometimes it goes through my mind that I have it but I don’t feel like it at all.

And another week or two goes by and I face the reality that I do have it, and I’m treating it. The upside to that is that most of these symptoms I am experiencing are a product of the treatment and not the disease and I’ll take that any day.

I guess that’s it for now. I’m sure I’ll have more information soon in terms of posting my bone scan and all that.

Have a happy Thanksgiving to everyone who is listening to us.
I’ll probably make a post again real soon.”

Transcribed by: cauch

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Comments {9}

Good news...

from: kilv
date: Nov. 20th, 2006 04:03 pm (UTC)
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J,

Glad to hear a positive measure of progress. All my blessings!

Look forward to seeing you soon, and have a great T-Day!!

-J.

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Congrats!

from: anonymous
date: Nov. 20th, 2006 05:28 pm (UTC)
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HI Jeremy,
That's great!
love,
Fern

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Good News

from: anonymous
date: Nov. 21st, 2006 01:52 am (UTC)
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Great news about the PSA. My neighbor is undergoing chemo for prostate cancer and is also on taxotere. It is working for him, as well. Being tired seems to be a side effect for almost everyone, but what a blessing to visualize cancer cells dying one by one and knowing the good cells will soon have all the power. Keep up the postive attitude and fighting spirit. Good luck with your bone scan tomorrow. You'll be in my thoughts and prayers. By the way, Lani loves you very much.

Fondly,

Cindi(friend of the Horn's)

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from: anonymous
date: Nov. 24th, 2006 03:27 am (UTC)
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Jeremy, great news w/your PSA levels! Happy Tofurkey Day, brother. Much love from the east coast -- I'm here w/my family in Atlanta. Love to you and Beth, Casey

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jerumi

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from: jerumi
date: Nov. 29th, 2006 08:33 am (UTC)
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Thanks Casey, I hope you had a great tofurkey day as well with your family!

gobble gobble
J

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Tia

from: anonymous
date: Nov. 25th, 2006 03:48 am (UTC)
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Hi Jeremy,

Great news about PSA. Just want to warn you not to expect too much change on bone scan. An unchanged scan would be good news as it is uncommon for bone lesions to disappear on scan over this short an interval. What a bone scan shows is new bone formation and this can be due to a reaction to cancer, fracture, trauma, infection, arthritis or healing of bone. That is why the bone scan may not change even though the cancer is responding to the taxotere. At any rate, glad the chemotherapy is working for you!

Best,

Tia

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jerumi

Re: Tia

from: jerumi
date: Nov. 29th, 2006 08:32 am (UTC)
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Thanks Tia, it was a little encouraging to read this the day after I got the results of the new bone scan. I know that it is a not a very specific measurement of disease. I only wish that the radiologist would have been more aware of the possibility of flares etc before he wrote his report. And even moreso, I wish that a more accurate measurement was available..

I am feeling good and I certainly hope that things are working and that I am getting better.

Jeremy

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Shana

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from: girlinthemoon
date: Nov. 26th, 2006 07:27 am (UTC)
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Hey, Jer,

It was so great seeing you and Beth today! It was, as always, nice spending time with our newly extended family :) I love you, and I'm glad to hear and see you feeling so up.

XOX,
Shana

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jerumi

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from: jerumi
date: Nov. 29th, 2006 08:27 am (UTC)
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Thanks Shana, it was great to see you as well. I'm glad you liked the sweet potatoe pie I made too :).

xoxo,
Jer

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