I found Round #2 to be about the same as last year, and, after making some adjustments in timing and amount of Gatorade, found Round #3 to be EASIER than last year. Keep in mind that the reduced symptoms may be due to the short interval (5 days between #2 and #3), or due to my adjustments, or both. In any case I am glad it's over and I am fully recovered just 2 weeks later - much sooner than ever before. The detailed results are found in the charts below, not for the squeamish! The corresponding tables from the previous round last year (and the year prior) may be found HERE.
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During the final two treatments I was joking with Dr. Hopkins about skipping one. Much to my surprise, he said that he was not fully convinced it was necessary to continue maintenance further. I asked about high grade cases like mine, but he was not prepared to go into details. Instead we scheduled an office visit in 6 months (April 2013) for him to review my case, updated PSA blood test, and the terrible DRE check of the prostate growth. He has noted over the last 4 years that my prostate has been getting larger, but not too concerned because of low PSA. I suppose at that time we will discuss the merits of continuing BCG maintenance. Dr. Lamm is most insistent about doing maintenance BCG, but he proceeds at far smaller doses (down to 10% or 1% of a normal dose), while I have held steady at 33%. Not sure where this will go, but I think I will proceed next October with another maintenance series, if for no better reason than my insurance will cover it, perhaps for the final time. Dr. Hopkins also mentioned possibly doing only one or two rather than three doses. Dr. Lamm demands 3 doses, although at the lower concentrations.
I suppose we shall see on April 16. Seems an appropriate day - after getting financially raped by the IRS on April 15, I will get physically molested by the doctor a day later. It's amazing what we pay governments and doctors to do to us...
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