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Posted by: Julie | 27/01/2020

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Prostate + pancreatic cancer

My husband was diagnosed with prostate cancer which has spread to his bones and also has pancreatic cancer which has spread to his lungs. The above diagnosis was October 2018, since then he has been given a once-off radiotherapy treatment, to help with the pain. He receives regular 3monthly injections for his prostate cancer, his PSA level is now 3.5. For pancreatic cancer he has had 20 chemotherapy sessions so far which is every 2weeks, his cancer markers in his blood have come down from 2402 to 141 also CT scans state that the cancer is all stable, what I don’t understand is why is my husband still feeling so ill and has no energy. He originally was given 6months we are now 15 months on from his horrific diagnoses is there any chance that he could beat this,

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Posted 27/01/2020

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Dear Julie
It is very clear from your letter that you have been going through a very difficult 15 months as wife and partner of your husband during all this time. 
The good news is that your husband's PSA level has come down to 3.5ng/l (anything below 3.0ng/l is taken to be a 'normal' PSA reading) - his blood marker count has also dropped drastically.
Something we must not forget is that your husband has also been through a very difficult and trying time. His body had to withstand many chemotherapy sessions as well as radiation therapy. Added to this he also received injections for his prostate cancer. All of these treatments take their toll on one's body. All this shows what a fighter your husband is.
Please keep on supporting him. With the remarkable 'improvement' so far, chances are great that he will improve further. See all of the laboratory results as positive signs and trust that he will be improve to such an extent that the oncologist will one of these days say to you that your husband is in remission. Remember that recovery from chemotherapy (and added radiation therapy) can take some time for the human body to recover. (MCH).
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