I had my 3 month oncology visit on June 7th. Before the appointment, I found out that my friend and Cancer Support Community board member had his appointment a hour before mine. We decided to meet up after for a quick lunch there in Marina Del Rey.
Same process… fill out the questionnaires, get blood drawn, and see my Oncologist Dr. Lam. However this time he wanted me to give a blood sample so that I can have my DNA checked for deficiencies like BRCA and BRCB, etc. This test can be use as an indicator that I might have issues down the road. BlueShield apparently will pay for it depending on my circumstances related to cancer with relatives. I have had several relatives such as my father and uncle die of cancer so it was approved to be paid. I will give a followup on that on my next update.
My Colonoscopy results were in… I have Radiation Proctitis. Nice. Whats a little blood now and then in your stool! As Dr Lam puts it, I got a little fried from the external radiation treatments. I just hope that doesn’t cause more GI cancer issues down the road. I hear my risk is moderately higher for a secondary cancer, such as bladder or rectal cancer due to this external beam radiation. This is from a published report from the National Institute of Health. This is something we will watch for a long time. Since I am younger, I have longer to live to get something else. I guess I won’t worry about it now since the average time to a secondary cancer post treatment is 7 years.
So I got the test results:
PSA: 0.13 from 0.22! Finally! My PSA went down. Maybe now I don’t have to worry about it so much. That is a great sign my friends!
Testosterone: 335 up from 205! More great news… I am strong like bull now!
My next appointment is September. I will update you all then!