My Story

ADVANCED PROSTATE CANCER

A JOURNAL OF MY

FIGHT TO SURVIVE

BILL WEINZIMMER

MAHOPAC, NY

APRIL, 2013

STATEMENT

When I first learned in 1995 that I had Advanced Prostate Cancer, three physicians
predicted that I had just 18 months to live. One was my urologist, the second was
the head of urology at a top New York City hospital, and the third was an oncologist
specializing in prostate cancer. Yet here I am in 2013, 18 years later and in full
remission for the past 7 years. How did this happen? Read My Full Story. You are welcome to leave a Reply or make any comments in the box below. If you prefer, Email me at: 1234waw@gmail.com Bill Weinzimmer

TABLE OF CONTENTS

July – Aug. 1995 I learn that I have Advanced Prostate Cancer with a PSA of 49 and a Gleason count of 9. The charts say my prognosis is 18 months. See Page 1

Aug. 1995 I am advised to go on Hormone Therapy. Two 2nd opinions agree with
this course of action. I change my diet, increase exercise and work on reducing stress.
I attend national prostate conferences to learn more. See Page 2

Fall 1995. After just 60 days my PSA returns to normal. I decide to stay on hormone
therapy rather than have radiation as recommended by my urologist. Two attempts at
intermittent therapy, first in May 1997 and again in Sept 1999, make my PSA jump
higher indicating that cancer is still in my system. See Page 3

May 2003. My PSA is rising and falling. A 2nd biopsy reveals that I am now a Gleason
10 with the most aggressive cancer cells on the scale. My case is turned over to a new
team of an oncologist with a urologist. See Page 3

Summer 2003. I get another 2nd opinion and am surprised that my NY team disagrees.
I have infusions of a drug to ward off possible bone cancer and have a very bad side
effect. See Page 4

Nov. 2003. I have brachytherapy, seed implant surgery. Then in Jan-Feb 2004 I have
IMRT radiation.. However when My PSA rises to 56, a CT-Scan reveals that my lymph
nodes are enlarged, a sure sign of metastatic cancer. Chemotherapy is recommended.
See Page 5

April 2004. I start on chemotherapy and have many debilitating side effects. I see a
specialist in supplements. I use willpower, my mind, to further the healing process.
See Pages 5, 6, and 7

March 2005. The CT-Scan continues to show enlarged lymph nodes. In April 2005
after a full year my chemotherapy ends. In Sept. 2005 the lymph nodes are still not
normal. However, in Nov 2005 my PSA becomes normal. In March 2006 my CT-Scan
also is normal for the first time in years. I am in full remission! See Page 8

Discussion. How did this happen? Costs. See Page 9

My Full Story:

PAGE 1

It was July 1995. I had just seen my periodontist, Dr. Kratenstein, who commented that
I had excessive bleeding of my gums during his treatment, and he suggested that I check
this out. I didn’t feel good so I immediately called my internist, Dr Leonard Mattes and
scheduled a complete physical examination.

Among the things he did for a male of my age (65) was a digital rectal exam. He felt an
unusual hardness. Based on this he took blood tests that included a PSA test. Prostate-
Specific Antigen is a protein produced by cells of the prostate gland. The test measures
The level of PSA in the blood. The higher the level the more likely that cancer cells are
present. There also are other reasons for an elevated PSA. My PSA was 49 which is
very high and indicates the strong possibility of cancer. The test was repeated and the reading was 52. A third test result was 50.

I was referred to a Urologist, Dr. Herbert Weber, who was affiliated with Mount Sinai
Hospital in New York. He performed a biopsy of the prostate gland and cancer was
confirmed. A pathologist in Mount Sinai’s laboratory then measured the aggressiveness
of the cancer cells to determine my Gleason score. Gleason scores range from one
to ten. A score of 10 indicates the most abnormal, aggressive cancer cells. My Gleason
pattern was 4+5, a total score of 9 with perineural invasion. The cancer had grown beyond the capsule of the prostate. The diagnosis was Advanced Prostate Cancer,
Grade C (T-3A).

When the biopsy was performed the size of my prostate was measured and it was deter-
mined that I also had BPH, Benign Prostate Hyperplasia, an enlarged prostate. My
symptoms included urinary frequency and voiding at night.

Now that prostate cancer was confirmed Dr. Weber ordered a CT-Scan, Bone Scan, Ultrasound and Pelvic MRI to see if there were any signs that the cancer had spread.
Fortunately these were all negative. Based on all of this Dr. Weber advised that I start
treatment with hormone therapy and consider radiation after that. Then he opened up
a large book of charts and said that based on my PSA of 49 and a Gleason score of 9
my prognosis was about 18 months!

When I first registered at Dr Weber’s office I was asked the usual questions about my
medical insurance. In June 1995 when I turned 65 I became eligible for Medicare.
It was just in time. I immediately added an AARP supplement policy for additional
insurance. I was confident that my blood tests, CT scans and other medical tests and
expenses would now be covered. What I did not realize at the time was just how
important this would be in the years ahead.

PAGE 2

By this time it was August 1995. I had already been reading books about Prostate
Cancer, and I filled in my son Russ as to what was going on. He took immediate
action. He commissioned a health resource to do research on all the latest prostate
cancer developments, treatments, etc. He called Lloyd Ney, the founder of a prostate
cancer newsletter issued by PAACT, Inc. Mr Ney recommended that I go on hormone therapy.
In looking back, all this was very important in getting me thinking
about how to handle this devastating development in my life.

I also made appointments for a second and a third opinion on my case. I saw Dr. Herbert
Lepor, head of Urology at NYU Hospital in New York, armed with all my reports,
blood tests and the biopsy. I saw Dr E Roy Berger, an oncologist who specialized in prostate cancer
on Long Island. Both agreed with Dr. Weber’s assessment that I should proceed
with hormone therapy. Also in their opinion surgery was not an option as the
cancer had spread beyond the prostate gland. I had Advanced Prostate Cancer,
Grade C (T-3A), and, yes, their prognosis also was 18 months.

I then started hormone therapy consisting of a monthly injection of Lupron plus
the prescription drug Flutamide (Eulexin) I changed my diet. I cut down
on red meat, especially anything charcoal broiled. I eliminated fried foods, bacon,
butter, milk fat and rich desserts. I ate high-fiber cereal and Marilyn devoted some
dinners to the Mediterranean Diet. I set aside a period early morning to attempt
meditation. At least I tried but never felt successful at it. Some mornings I read
passages in the bible. I went to the gymnasium several mornings a week, and
while on the treadmill I would listen to inspirational tapes that Russ sent to me.

The reduction of stress especially in business matters was the most important and
difficult task to achieve. I felt that high stress would enable my cancer to grow.
I had to develop the willpower to deal with tolerance and not get angry. You know
what? It worked. I changed my attitude and became much more calm in matters.

To increase my knowledge about Prostate Cancer I went to national conferences
over the next several years. Urologists and oncologists spoke about various aspects
of dealing with the disease. I became aware of publications and newsletters and
subscribed to two of them, PAACT, and Prostate Forum, which is issued monthly by an oncologist in Charlottesville, Virginia, Dr Charles E Myers,Jr. It deals with the
various medical options for prostate cancer. It also discusses prescription drugs,
vitamins and supplements, food and diet guidelines for prostate health. Dr Myers,
Snuffy, as he is called, spoke at the national conferences I attended.
I decided that if, at a later date my situation warranted it, I would consult with him.
That time came in 2003, and I will tell you about this later. After attending a national
conference sponsored by the Prostate Cancer Research Institute, I began to receive
their informative monthly newsletter called PCRI Insights.

PAGE 3

It is important to know that Marilyn went with me to every doctor appointment,
every one of them. After each appointment we would compare notes as to what
of importance was said, and I would redo my notes for the record. I found that
at times either Marilyn or I would miss something of value.

From the beginning I was always careful to get a hard copy of every blood test
and report. When I went to see the doctors for the 2nd and 3rd opinions I was able
to take a copy of my records so they would have full information at hand. I started
to learn what the blood test symbols stood for. I found that Lupron, my hormone
therapy, can affect the liver, so I monitored the blood test markers for the liver.

Russ, meanwhile, sent me inspirational cassettes and tapes by Deepak Chopra, Andrew
Weil MD, Joan Borysenko, Dr. Carl Simonton and Dr Bernie Siegel. At the gym I
would listen to such titles as, ‘The Power of the Mind to Heal’, ‘Spontaneous Healing’,
‘Getting Well’, and ‘Love, Medicine & Miracles’. I really appreciate all that Russ did.

I had been taking vitamin and mineral supplements for years. At Russ’s suggestion
I increased my dosage of Vitamins C and D3, and added Saw Palmetto for the
prostate.

After just 60 days on hormone therapy my PSA went down dramatically to 0.05!
At that point Dr. Weber suggested I see two radiologists to consider radiation for
The prostate. At that time, however, I decided to stay on hormone therapy. After
attending these national conferences on prostate cancer I realized that I was not
cured, just in remission.

In Dec. 1996 Dr Weber retired and I asked Dr Michael Droller, Head of Urology
at Mount Sinai to take my case. My PSA continued to remain very low at .05 or
lower. This continued to May 1997 when after discussions with Dr Droller I
decided to go on Intermittent Therapy. This consisted of stopping the hormone
therapy and monitoring the PSA. It was fine for over six months. However, in
January 1998 it suddenly rose to 9.5 so I resumed the therapy. In March 1998 the
PSA again went down to 0.05. It continued like this into the Fall of 1999 when I
again went on Intermittent Therapy. The PSA remained very low for about 9
months. However in June 2000 the PSA became 12 and in September 2000 it
rose to 24.6, at which time I again resumed the therapy in August 2000.

From the Fall of 2000 until the Spring of 2003, a period of two and a half years, the
PSA stayed in the low range but it was not consistent. It diverged from 0.1 to 5.0.
So in May 2003 I had the 2nd Biopsy performed and was distressed to learn that my
Gleason count was now 10, indicating the most aggressive cancer cells on the Gleason scale! At that point Dr Droller turned over my case to a new team consisting of
Dr Simon Hall, who had become the new Head of Urology at Mount Sinai, and
Dr Anna Ferrari, Oncologist. We discussed courses of action – external beam
radiation, brachytherapy which is a surgical procedure to implant radioactive seeds
in the prostate, and chemotherapy.

PAGE 4

Dr Ferrari wanted me to have infusions of Zometa to ward off possible bone cancer.
After all, I was now a Gleason 10 with very aggressive cancer cells. Zometa is a
Bisphosphonate in the same drug family as Fosomax but much, much stronger.
The problem was that I started to develop constant painful headaches and nothing
would help. After infusions of Zometa on June 3rd and July 1st, 2003 I stopped
and the headaches gradually went away. In September I went to see Dr Lawrence
Newman, reputed to be the leading headache specialist in New York at St Lukes-
Roosevelt Hospital. He determined that my headaches were from Zometa and
suggested that I take Naproxen, an anti-inflammatory, to pre-treat before taking
Zometa in the future. I am thankful that I was never asked to take Zometa again.

I had mentioned that my medical expenses were covered by Medicare and AARP.
From 1995 until this point in 2003 the Medicare Summary Notices and AARP
Reports rolled in. I noticed that the amounts paid were much higher than I ever
expected. Now the discussions were about Brachytherapy surgery, radiation and
chemotherapy, all very expensive. I was very glad to have the financial security
of Medicare, and I will give you the figures later.

It was at that point that I decided to see Dr Charles E Myers,Jr , Oncologist specializing
in Prostate Cancer, in Charlottesville, Virginia for a second opinion. I saw Dr Myers
in July 2003. He recommended that I have a Prostascint Scan to determine if there
was involvement of regional lymph nodes or seminal vesicles, or evidence of
distant metastatic involvement. He recommended that I see Dr Bruce Sodee, a spec-
ialist developing this new test. He was in Cleveland, Ohio at University Hospital.
Dr Myers felt that if the test results were negative that I definitely should go ahead with radiation and brachytherapy. He also thought that radiation and brachytherapy would
reduce the amount of cancer in my system making it more manageable. I had the
Prostascint Scan done in August and the results were negative.

When I saw Dr Myers again on September 11th we discussed the test results. He
prescribed certain drugs and I made note of the reasons: Ketoconazole to add to
my hormone therapy, Hydrocortisone to replace a corticosteroid deficiency due
to taking Ketoconazole and prevent underactive adrenal glands, Actigall to prevent
liver damage when taking Ketoconazole, Trental to increase the radiation’s ability
to kill prostate cancer cells by increasing blood flow and oxygenation in cancer
masses. Also it can possibly reduce skin damage around the rectum. He wanted me
to take vitamin E twice a day when I am on Trental. He prescribed Celebrex both
for my arthritis and as a drug that fights cancer, and Calcitriol to elevate vitamin D3
in the blood and increase GI absorption to reduce risk of hypocalcemia should I
go back on Zometa.

When I next met with Drs Hall and Ferrari I discussed Dr Myers recommendation to
have Brachytherapy and radiation based on the Prostascint Scan results. They said
that they do not believe in or use Prostascint to evaluate the presence of cancer in
the system! Here a second opinion was far different from what I expected. They were also of the opinion that Brachytherapy and radiation would not, I repeat, would not extend my life at this point. Right or wrong I decided to go ahead with Myer’s
recommendations.

PAGE 5

Dr Richard Stock is Chairman, Department of Radiation Oncology at Mount Sinai.
I went to see him in October 2003 armed with my test results and biopsy records,
and we discussed my case. Of course Marilyn was with me. We worked out a schedule
to proceed with Brachytherapy surgery (seed implant) on November 11, 2003.
Drs Richard Stock and Simon Hall did it as a team. I went home the same day and
It went very well. Then starting January 4 to February 18, 2004 I had a series of
IMRT external beam radiation sessions. IMRT is a focused type of radiation that
concentrates on cancer areas and spares normal tissue areas.

Meanwhile my PSA was being monitored. In the 2nd half of 2003 the readings were
from 1 to 4. I did take note that a blood test result for liver function, ALT (SGPT) was
abnormally high. I anticipated that the Brachytherapy surgery in November and the
radiation in January and February 2004 would bring my PSA all the way down.
I was wrong. The reading on Feb 24th was 17.80, and it rose to 25.19 on March 2nd.
Also, my hemoglobin and several other blood counts were somewhat lower than normal.
So on March 3rd I had a Bone Scan and a CT-Scan. The Bone Scan was negative,
no sign of cancer. The CT-Scan of the Abdomen and Pelvis , according to Dr
Ferrari, showed “multiple enlarged lymph nodes adjacent to the left common iliac
chain measuring up to 1.2cm in size, suspicious for metastatic cancer”. She said that
this definitely is cancer in these lymph nodes. They could be sampled with
laparoscopic surgery but she would not recommend this. The CT-Scan showed
that the liver is clear and that I should get a CT-Scan of the chest to rule out cancer
in or near the lungs. I did this on April lst and the result was negative. She felt
that I had become Androgen Independent. My system was not responsive to the hormone therapy that I was on for over 8 years.

Her recommendation was to go on Chemotherapy consisting of Taxotere (Docetaxel)
which is done intravenously and Emcyt (Estramustine), a prescription drug.
The PSA test of April 1st showed a reading of 39.62, and it confirmed the need for
Chemotherapy. When my daughter Jane asked how long I would be on Chemotherapy,
Dr Ferrari’s
answer was that it all depended on my response. She would nor commit to a specific
time period. I should stop the Ketaconazole and Actigal, and phase out Hydrocortisone,
continue the Lupron Hormone Therapy and monitor my PSA and Testosterone levels.
The next day I met with Dr Simon Hall, who after reviewing the CT-Scan, Bone Scan
and PSA results completely agreed with Dr Ferrari on all counts.

PAGE 6

I finally decided to have chemotherapy, as recommended by Drs Ferrari and Hall,
and so advised Anna Ferrari. On April 19, 2004 I had my first infusion at Mount
Sinai Hospital in New York City. My PSA on April 13th reached a peak of 56.77, my highest ever! My schedule called for an infusion once a week for 3 weeks, then off a
week, and repeat the schedule. I was to take the Emcyt pills on a schedule set by Dr
Ferrari. Before an infusion I would have a complete blood test (CBC) to determine if
it was safe to proceed. The entire process with travel and waiting time took at least
5 to 6 hours. Dr Ferrari stressed that I should drink 6-8 8 oz. glasses of water each day.
This would help flush the toxins out of the kidneys and my system. I did manage to drink
5 glasses a day by following a schedule of one glass with breakfast, one in the AM,
one with lunch, one in the afternoon and the 5th with dinner. It was not easy but I made
sure to do it.

At about the same time that I decided to go on Chemotherapy, I went to see Dr Raymond
Chang, Meridian Medical Group in New York. He was formerly with Memorial Sloan
Kettering in New York and specializes in eastern and alternative approaches in dealing with cancer. At my consultation with Dr Chang I gave him my cancer history, my planned Chemotherapy and a list of supplements I was taking. I then posed three
questions. What can I take to actually enhance the Chemotherapy, reduce the side
effects and build up my immune system. Also what supplements that I take should
be eliminated while on Chemo that could interfere with the program. He responded
with a number of recommendations and suggestions. I was very glad that I saw him.

Chemotherapy has side effects. Here were mine. Some are still with me. I felt nausea
almost every day. I had no appetite and at times I just could not get food down. Even
water tasted bad. The only thing that occasionally worked was to take a Tums, although
this was not on my recommended list for nausea. My hair fell out until I was half bald.
Fortunately it grew back after completing Chemotherapy. I developed Peripheral
Neuropathy first in my fingers and then in my toe nails, feet and legs. The large toe
nail of each foot lost circulation and I had to have each one removed. This problem
has continued for several years. My feet developed cramps and seizures when I was
in a horizontal position in bed. The only way to ease the pain was to immediately stand and walk around. I had such pain in my legs that I had to see a Neurologist who
prescribed the drug Neurontin which I took for 2-3 months. I figured that I needed
more circulation in my legs and feet so I increased exercise which I had somewhat
neglected when I went on Chemotherapy. I regularly walked on a treadmill at my gym
and went in their pool to swim and flex the legs, feet and toes. It helped and still does.
After I went off Chemotherapy I had some research done regarding my Neuropathy.
I found out about certain supplements that I now take, and other information that enable
me to cope with this nasty side effect. Over the years Dr Ferrari asked me what I was doing about my Neuropathy and I was delighted to give her the information hoping it
it would help her other patients.

My balance became unsteady when walking. When I leaned over I would become dizzy.
I had to be vey careful going up or down stairs This continued to this day I could not
concentrate as I used to before going on Chemotherapy. In looking back now I had what
is described as Chemo-brain. I had severe fatigue. I felt wiped out, especially in the
afternoon.

PAGE 7

I would joke with Marilyn as to what the side effect of the week would be. I was having nose bleeds and when I told Dr Ferrari she reduced a blood thinner I was on. My eyes started to develop tears and became irritated, making it difficult to read.

The CT-Scan of August 18th described the lymph nodes stable compared to prior exam
while others had actually decreased in size.

In October 2004 Dr Ferrari changed her affiliation from Mount Sinai to NYU Hospital
which had opened a new cancer facility in New York Of course I went with her and the transition was very smooth. I didn’t miss a beat with my schedule of infusions. Monday
November 4th was my first day at NYU.

Just before I started on Chemotherapy my PSA on 4/13/04 was 56.77, my all time high.
Since then my PSA scores into November 2004 were:

5/18/04 19.53 9/9/04 24.36
6/9/04 11.52 9/30/04 24.28
7/13/04 5.55 10/20/04 33.98
8/5/04 4.60 11/11/04 36.71
9/7/04 20.06

These results were not good at all. Dr Ferrari recognized this, and on November 17th
my infusion protocol was changed from Taxotere and Emcyt to “TEC”, Taxol, Emcyt
and Carboplatin. She included in this cocktail some agents to help me tolerate this
stronger mix: Kytril, Pepcid, Dexamethasone and Benedryl. She told me that Carboplatin
would be given only on the first week of the three weekly infusions.

With the change of Chemotheraphy agents the side effects were becoming less tolerable.
In December I started to have a burning sensation when urinating and when having
a bowel movement. Dr Hall started me on an antibiotic for this, but when it did not
help I discontinued it. My ALT liver function on a blood test was again high. Also in December I had flu-like symptoms including a cough and
some temperature. I went to see Dr Alvin Teirstein, the Head of Pulmonology at Mount
Sinai Hospital, who determined that this was just Bronchitis. Then my blood tests
started to show that my hemoglobin, white and red blood counts were becoming too low.
I had become enemic. For this I had an injection of Aranesp to boost my levels.

Some time in early 2005 when my tolerance for the Chemotherapy was wearing thin
I started to think about what else I could do to rid my system of cancer. In the past
I had read about the power of the mind to heal. The writings of Edgar Cayce, a psychic
who lived from 1877 to 1945 came to mind. Why not try this. One morning while
taking my shower I thought to myself – “I want my PSA to be normal, I want my
lymph nodes and my bones to be normal, I want cancer out of my system, cancer
out of my system”. I concentrate hard on this. Each morning I repeated these thoughts
and have done so for years now.

PAGE 8

I must admit that also in early 2005 I said to Marilyn that I was thinking of telling Dr
Ferrari that I did not think I could take much more of this. She said that I have gone
this far and should stay with it until Anna Ferrari decides that I should stop. Because
of Marilyn’s support and insistence I stayed the course.

My PSA results in the first three months of 2005 were: 6.66 on Jan 11th, 4.67 on Feb 8th
and 6.94 on March 8th. A CT-Scan on March 3, 2005 still showed the presence of
multiple enlarged lymph nodes. “The lymph nodes have enlarged since prior exam-
ination and are highly suspicious for metastatic deposits”. In any event Dr Ferrari decided to end the Chemotherapy with the infusion of April 5, 2005. This was a full year after the first infusion of April 19, 2004. The PSA results from April to Sept 2005 were as follows:

4/5/05 3.97 7/6/05 1.45
5/9/05 6.15 8/3/05 2.07
6/7/05 1.23 9/7/05 1.40

A follow up CT-Scan on September 1, 2005 continued to show enlarged lymph nodes
measuring 1.4cm, consistent with Lymphadenopathy, suspicious for metastatic disease.

The PSA of October 11, 2005 was down to 0.52. Hey, what’s going on here! This
was very encouraging. Then on November 16, 2005 the PSA was actually less
than 0.05. It shows on the report as did not find any enlarged lymph nodes. It stated “No retroperitoneal lymphadenopathy
…. that seen on previous exam from 9/1/05 has resolved”.

This CT-Scan of March 2, 2006 supported by PSA scores of to the present day in September 2012 has been <0.05, confirming this.

Regarding Bone Scans, every time I had a CT-Scan I would have a Full Body Bone
Scan and the result has always been negative as to any sign of cancer in my bones.
This was a relief as I have read that prostate cancer often spreads to the bones.

In looking back, how did this happen? When chemotherapy ended on April 5, 2005,
The CT-Scans of March 3rd, 2005 and September1st, 2005 both showed enlarged
lymph nodes, a bad sign. There are several factors. I think that the chemo drugs probably had some half-life
before they were no longer effective. Since April 2004 I continued to take some
supplements recommended by Dr Raymond Chang. I definitely
did feel that his Chemo Support Formula and mushroom capsules helped build
up my immune system. When I went off chemotherapy I resumed taking other
supplements that I had temporarily discontinued on Dr Chang’s advice. I also resumed
taking some supplements recommended by Dr Myers in his newsletter, Prostate Forum.

PAGE 9

Now, what is the power of the mind to heal? When I took my shower each morning
I thought to myself that I want my PSA to be normal, I want my lymph nodes and my
bones to be normal, and I want cancer out of my system. I think that my will
power actually influenced the healing process in my body.

I had an outstanding team of doctors to see me through to remission. When the going
got rough my urologist, Dr Simon Hall, my oncologist, Dr Anna Ferrari, and my
radiation oncologist, Dr Richard Stock worked very well together. It’s also interesting
to note that all three do research in their fields. The two others that I consulted with
were also invaluable. Dr Charles E Myers,Jr increased my knowledge regarding prostate
cancer with his monthly newsletter “Prostate Forum”. Dr Raymond Chang was very
important in guiding my selection of supplements.

Now how much did all of this cost? Are you sitting down? The amount charged from July 1995 to March 2006, when I achieved full remission totaled, ball park, at least
$ 800,000. The “Medicare Approved” total was about $ 100,000. less. Prescription
drugs added about $ 13,000. Fortunately my Equitable major medical policy covered
most of the prescription drugs.

I think that my remission could be compared to opening a combination lock. All
the numbers must be entered to open the lock. In my case the numbers were (1)
the hormone therapy to keep my PSA and testosterone low to control my disease
for 8 years. I thank Dr Michael Droller, urologist at Mount Sinai who worked with me during this period. (2) Brachytherapy, executed by Drs Hall and Stock, and then radiation by Dr Stock with the most advanced IMRT technique. (3) Dr Ferrari’s chemotherapy and
her change of protocol to make it more effective, (4) supplements I took from Dr
Chang’s list, and from other sources: Dr Myers, and my son Russ. (5) My will power
to heal the body, and finally Marilyn’s total support during the whole ordeal.
I am very grateful.

Bill Weinzimmer
Mahopac, NY April, 2013

© 2013 Bill Weinzimmer
All Rights Reserved

BILL & MARILYN  2012

BILL & MARILYN 2012

UPDATES

CT-Scans since March 2006:
October 2006,  April 2007, July 2007, February 2008,
December 2008, and December 2011 all normal.
Whole Body Bone Scans since March 2006:
September 2006, April 2007, November 2007, December 2008,
And December 2011 all normal.
PSA results since September 2012:
November 2012, February 2013  were less than 0.05

SUMMARY OF TREATMENT

Hormone Therapy   Starting August 1995 to Present Day – 18 years and counting.
For the first 8 years to 2003 it was combined first with Flutamide (Eulexin).
After a short time this was changed to Casodex.  There were two periods,
The first in 1997 and again in 1999, when the Hormone Therapy was stopped
for several months until the PSA rose substantially.  See “Intermittent Therapy”
on Page 3 of My Story.

Brachytherapy (seed implant surgery).  November 2003.  See Page 5

External Beam IMRT Radiation.  January – February 2004.  See Page 5

Chemotherapy.  April 2004 – April 2005.  See Pages 5 and 8

You are welcome to make any comments in the Box below. If you prefer
Email me at: 1234waw@gmail.com

One thought on “My Story

  1. Hi. My name is Mary Ann and I live in Mahopac. My 60 year old cousin who lives in Great Neck, LI has metastatic prostate cancer, battling for several years now. Just tried a new chemotherapy thru Memorial Sloan Kettering that is not working and has been given less then one year survival. He has mets to liver and bones. Not sure how far your mets was but any suggestions on how he can fight this?? My hubby was diagnosed back in 2007, had surgery and never needed chemo or radiation. My cousin is not that lucky. my email address is mary-ann-n@juno.com and would love to hear from you. I will be meeting with my cousin this week as he just had to put his 92 year old mom in a nursing home because she is a danger to herself with mental as well as physical issues and my cousin can no longer care for her even with a daytime aid that came in to help them out. Anything you can suggest is appreciated. I would love for you to contact my cousin if need be. I sent him a copy of your article that was in the local Mahopac paper sometime last year. His 27 year old daughter works as a research analyst at Duke University in NC and the docs down there have been helping them out as well. She is due to be married soon and we hope my cousin will be there to walk her down the aisle. my cell #is 914-450-6356. Thank you . Mary Ann

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