“Great news. Your PSA was undetectable.”
So that’s how the surgeon started his conversation with me today. In the excitement of hearing the good news, I didn’t specifically ask him if he would call me cancer-free, but I pretty much would at this point. Between the post-surgery biopsies of the prostate and the lymph nodes, and now the news of an undetectable PSA, I’d be willing to say with about 99.5% confidence that I’m cancer-free.
That makes today a pretty good day.
I’ll have to do follow-up PSA tests every six months for the first two years, and then yearly after that.
I suspect that I’ll always be wondering whether or not I have cancer going forward. I guess that’s one of the side effects of having cancer in the first place.
The drainage output remained steady over the weekend: 40, 30, 30, 30, 40, and 30. So we agreed to keep my appointment for Thursday afternoon and monitor the output between now and then. With a little bit of luck, the drain will come out Thursday.
I continue to progress with controlling the incontinence, too. I’m finding that I’m having fewer incidents when I stand (although it does take some effort to prevent them from occurring), and that the volume of the “squirts” seems to be decreasing as well. Of course, a good sneeze or cough will cause an incident almost all the time, but again, a small incident.