I am new at this internet based method of talking about myself. I'm a bit reluctant but also hope to have a new adventure. Certainly, cancer is not a new thing to me. The word no longer gives me the dark dread it once did, I really don't feel much afraid. Experience and aging are really helping keep me enlightened and engaged.
Two years ago, almost to the day, I had my first operation for prostate cancer. It went well enough, there was lots of pain and recovery but I did well enough. My PSA blood test went to zero as it should. Thus I had no other treatment at that time. I could pee much better and overall was relieved and satisfied. After about 14 month the PSA increased enough to warrent pelvic radiation on the assumption that there was pelvic recurrance. Since then though, the cancer has returned in the vertebral body (T3) of my thoracic spine. There was no pain then. It was only detected, by a PET/CT, obtained since my PSA climbed to 10.1.
So far, following my radical prostatectomy 2 years ago, I've had two reurrances, the first was a biochemical recurrance trated with pelvic radiation, and the second was a spread to the bone in my back.