Donald Paul was diagnosed with prostate cancer in 1997, and underwent a radical prostatectomy to treat his disease. His PSA continued to fall for two years after his treatment, but then began to climb again. Once his PSA began to rise, it was clear to Donald’s doctors that his prostate cancer had spread outside of his prostate and was not localized as they’d previously thought. When further testing revealed that his cancer had returned, Donald underwent 37 radiation treatments to combat the disease.
Five years later, when his PSA began to rise once more, a new doctor began treatments that kept his PSA below .3 for nearly 10 years. Unfortunately, his PSA spiked upward – this time, it was a much higher spike – and Donald began hormone therapy. His PSA has remained low for the past seven months, after two courses of hormone treatment. In fact, it was his use of Xtandi to treat his disease that introduced Donald to ZERO – he received literature on ZERO’s work to end the disease and to advocate on behalf of patients and survivors. Donald decided he wanted to get involved as well.
“Don’t panic, do your research, and seek the best medical advice available. I’m a 20-year survivor and still going strong.”
He now shares his story so that other men may become more aware of their risk for prostate cancer, and so that he can share advice from his nearly 20-year battle. He hopes that increased awareness will help men get diagnosed early and so that no man has to navigate his battle alone.
“It is important to join a support group and/or talk with other men who have gone through the same thing you are. It’s important to not be alone in your fight.”