PROSTATE HEALTH/CANCER JOURNEY
My first Prostate Specific Antigen(PSA)/DRE screening was in 1995.
I consistently continued being screened annually until 2015 when I was diagnosed with prostate cancer after seeking a solution to my urinary problem.
Once being diagnosed the doctor indicated it was a low grade cancer and one of the treatment options he gave me was watchful waiting/active surveillance by monitoring my PSA/DRE levels every 3 to 6 months.
In March 2021 I discovered a non-invasive treatment option that I was not familiar with called Proton Therapy.
By June 2021 my PSA levels started to go up. My doctors wanted to keep tabs and a follow up in November 2021 my PSA levels crossed a threshold where my doctors recommended me to decide between continuing watchful waiting or have some type of surgery.
My doctor said 75% of men decide to have some type of surgery while 25% decide to continue with watchful waiting. My doctors indicated the numbers were still low but they urged me to make the decision on how I wanted to proceed.
At this point I had been investigating the use of a non-invasive treatment that I learned back on March 2021 called Proton Therapy. It was at this moment when I decided to pursue the path of non-invasive treatment vs surgery. I was blessed with finding the University of Florida Health Proton Therapy Institute that offered treatment for prostate cancer and (treatment for other cancers) that impact men, women and children.
From my Medical Records 8 Weeks Treatment (12/21/21---> 02/18/22):
Before Treatment (10/26/2021) PSA = 5
3 Months after treatment (05/05/2022) PSA = 2.3
9 Months after treatment (11/04/2022) PSA = 0.9