As a patient & physician could you describe your regimen?
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Opening Title: As a physician & patient, could you describe your regimen?
Well I’ve been on Mediterranean heart healthy diet for years, even before I got prostate cancer…..but I’m a little more cautious in staying on the diet more than I used to… And I take most of the supplements including I take Metformin which has been shown to treat a prostate cancer favorably. Metformin is a drug that has been on the market for years for diabetes. I do not have diabetes. I take the Metformin for the prostate cancer.
I take a number for supplements: calcium, vitamin D, green tea extract, resveratrol, and some others actually. I get PSAs about every three or four months. The PSAs have stayed down below about 3. The only other treatment I’ve had is Avodart, I take Avodart, three times a week. While I’ve been a little unusual because I’m kind of a obsessive-compulsive doctor type so I wanted to get an much information as I could so I’ve actually had 4 MRIs and I’ve had 2 MRI guided biopsies, through the transperineal approach; the reason for that is the first biopsy I had was a random biopsy in April 2011, I got sepsis. After the biopsy I got sick… I was in the hospital… 103-104 temperature, I could have died of just that sepsis, fortunately I made it through … and so I didn’t want to take a chance of having another biopsy through the rectum,so the only place I could find that did the multi-parametric
MRI guided biopsies through the transperineal approach was a center in Boston. One guy in the country that I know that does that. And he did it on me twice. And very accurate…he found the same lesion, still a Gleason 6 three years later. And actually the lesion is exactly is exactly the same size when I first got diagnosed. The first time I was diagnosed it was a small lesion and three and a half years later it’s still 7 mm.
Closing Title: Educate yourself as much as possible