|Our son Eric & Terence- salmon run 2011!|
On Friday Terence takes a new PSA test (first one in 6 weeks. We stopped taking them because it's almost irrelevant now & it causes so much worry when the number rises.) The doctors' and Terence determination and decision on where to go next is a question of quality vs. quantity at this juncture.
As you may or may not know, Terence's prognoses with advanced/metastatic PCa is not curable and with conventional cancer methods. There are currently only a few FDA approved 1st and 2nd line (hormone) therapy drugs which may help to slow progression of the cancer if one responds well. Terence is on the last of the 2nd line treatment- on average, Terence's body has responded favorably to treatments for about 3-4 months. But these past 18 weeks treatments have been effective for only 3-5 weeks- before we start looking at what's next and we're not even sure if this last round is working.
Terence's next oncology appointment is September 7th- at that meeting with Dr. M we'll see how well the cancer is responding to the lowered dosage in T's body. If the cancer symptoms and side effects are at a status quo, and if Terence can continue to manage the side effects he'll probably stay on this treatment until there is a marked difference in the cancer related symptoms.
|Terence and our son-in-law Mike and Hanai kids, Travis & Stacy!|
Next line of treatment (next week, next month, not sure when) will be chemo- (a 6 to 9 month round I think)- or- for how ever long it works, balancing benefit with quality of life.
After that will be Zytiga-(we hope) which is a newly approved post chemo treatment, however that comes at a great expense; 5K a month (our co-pay will be about 1/2 I think). Yikes.
Anyway, that's the generic course ahead of us at the moment- things can always change~ for better, we are hoping!
|Matt, T's longtime friend from WYO|
T is avid that life is precious, and not to be wasted. "We can't take anything of worldly value with us, but we can make an eternal difference in those people around us that will go on for eternity. The list is pretty short when it comes to what truly matters in this life"~ Terence's quote.
So, we continue pastoring & ministering via "The Pipeline"-every Sunday either here in GH or in Seattle. That's been a huge blessing of fellowship and encouragement for us!
AND.... it's the great 2011 salmon run in Washington (the salmon run through here every other year)! Terence's favorite sport is fishing- so he's been out on the Puyallup river (fever-or-no) fishing, teaching and hanging out with our kids and his closest friends.
Until next month- blessings to you and your families. Terence & I pray for each one of you.
I'll be in touch regarding what's next for the T- man.