A definite C word

The Local Malcontent minces no words:

I got some sobering news from my various Cancer doctors this morning:

My PSA number has more than doubled since my last Lab work in March, 2018, from 3.61 on March 21, to 7.33 on July 6th.

I had been trying to get the recent results for 4 days, to compare and to chart my PSA’s rate of change. And this news is indeed very disturbing.

It’s not the number itself that’s high, apparently; it’s the rate of increase.

Rather a lot of people on the old blogroll have slid into the Next Life, some of them without much warning. I hate that. Nothing much I can do about it, except appeal to the Almighty, but I’m pretty emphatic about hating it.

(Seen first by McG.)


  1. fillyjonk »

    26 July 2018 · 7:00 pm

    One of the sad and weird things about being linked up via the Internet is having to mourn people you never met in person.

  2. Barks »

    26 July 2018 · 7:05 pm

    Went 2.5 to 13. In a couple months. Turned out to be severe infection cleared with 21 days of anti-somethings. Then, biopsies which were different, but proved successful treatment.

  3. In The Mailbox: 07.26.18 : The Other McCain »

    26 July 2018 · 10:55 pm

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  4. Roger Green »

    27 July 2018 · 6:41 am

    fillyjonk, as is her wont, is correct, and not just about death, but all sorts of things. I worry about Dustbury and his various maladies. Another blogger is still mourning the death of a child some years ago. Another can’t find the right combo of meds.

    And I feel it’s to commiserate with others, even when you don’t know them IRL.

    My best to LM. My father passed away from prostate cancer on 10 August 2000

  5. Chris Grimmer »

    28 July 2018 · 11:52 am

    My PSA spiked a couple of years ago and I had a prostatectomy via some sort of robotic procedure. (Thankfully I was “under” during the procedure and was unable to meet said robot personally). My PSA was up to about 7 or more but has been <.01mg since the procedure. This is good! (though things are not as good as they were back during MATO times.) DO hope that all gets better with you!!

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