Hi! I'm Tony Crispino and this is my story about living with a diagnosis of cancer. I was diagnosed with advanced prostate cancer at the age of 44. I am 51 now and I am doing well. You can expand this window and read about my diagnosis...I log my thoughts and progress in my journal below.
In October of 2006, the 19.8 PSA on my PSA test was indication that I have cancer. On the 19th of December, Dr. Zommick. just walked into the room where me and my wife waited. "Well there's a little cancer down there." My first thought? What the heck is a "little cancer". As it turned out my biopsy confirmed in half of the 8 tissue samples were positive as follows:
Core 1> Right side. 20% + Adenocarcinoma Gleason 3+3=6 Core 2> Left side. 70% + Adenocarcinoma Gleason 3+4=7 Core 3> Left side. 80% + Adenocarcinoma Gleason 3+4=7 Core 4> Left side. 80% + Adenocarcinoma Gleason 3+4=7
After surgery at the City of Hope, by Dr. Tim Wilson, My Gleason was 4+3=7 and the TNM was pT3b, N0, Mx. The TNM indicates that the stage was just shy of incurable stage IV, ten lymph nodes were clean, and they could not confirm distant metastasis. A silver lining perhaps. But I had to continue additional therapies in hopes this does not come back. I started attending the Nevada Cancer Institute in February of '07. Under the care or Dr.'s Nick Vogelzang and David Pomerantz, we began ADT, or Androgen Deprivation Therapy. ADT is a therapy were my body is medically deprived of testosterone. The agents used are Lupron and Casodex. Casodex is a hormone drug that blocks androgens in the prostate cancer cells and also stops the generating of testosterone. After receiving that ADT, I also hit the area were the prostate was with 38 IMRT radiation treatments. We thank you for your prayers, and we stay close to our faith!
May God Bless you all. As for me, I will gladly leave things in His hands...
PSA history: October 3, 2006 19.8 October 10, 2006 18.9 November 27, 2006 13.9 Surgery February 16, 2007 February 28, 2007 0.9 March 12, 2007 0.1 March 23, 2007 <0.1 May 16, 2007 <0.1 Begin Adjuvant ADT and Radiation July 18, 2007 <0.1 September 19, 2007 <0.1 January 29, 2008 <0.1 May 9, 2008 <0.1 September 17, 2008 <0.1 January 13, 2009 <0.1 May 11, 2009 <0.1 T=50 October 7, 2009 <0.1 T=21 PAP=0.3 January 4, 2010 <0.1 T=128 PAP=0.4 May 18, 2010 <0.1 T=230 PAP Untested November 3, 2010 <0.1 T=263 May 18, 2011 <0.1 T=325 November 6, 2011 <0.1 May 2012, <0.1 T=332 February 2013, <0.1 T=331
What a terrific weekend and following week. Ruth and I were near Mount St. Helens in Washington state touring around with Todd and Amanda our friends forever. Just a reminder that Todd and I met after he was diagnosed with prostate cancer with a 3216.16 PSA seven years ago. SEVEN years ago and going strong. We Kayaked. We drank some wine. We boated. We dined. We loved!
Tonight was Ed Randall's Bat for the cure night at the baseball game. We had a blast. With again, friends from the PCa front my friend Jason threw out the first pitch with his boys and it was fun to watch.
Funny though. We're at the game trying to give away a special blue bat signed by all the team members for the Mets minor league affiliate the Las Vegas 51's. It was simple. Fill out a card and we'll send you some information about PCa and you'll be entered to win the bat. But many men did not want to "receive anything. They're tired of receiving things" was a common response. One 50+yo man was rude about it and I kinda wanted to give him a DRE with the bat but something got in the way...
Last June I completed by two years ecclesial ministry program. I am now a minister and doing this in frustration was probably not a proper thought. I continue learning this fall in the University of Notre Dame STEP program. I'm going back to school again hopefully to better myself.
So did any of this help me? Well I told the rude guy that I understood. That I ignored all the crap that came in my mailbox about my health until I turned 44. I told him that would be about ten years younger that he was. He agreed. I told him that never thought for one moment ~ that in a fast NY minute, my life would be changed and would never be the same. That I wished I had met me a few years earlier.
He signed up for the chance to win the bat.
Ten years ago he'd a got the DRE.
LOL. So it is that I don't have the lack of patience that I used to. I thank God for that. For the chance to become patient.
My last PSA test was zero in February. My oncologist, Nick told me as far as he is concerned I'm cured. Those were some awesome words!