My name is Jerry J. Marcello. Early on,
I can't really remember where I first was diagnosed, but I ended
up at Tulane and they said I had prostate cancer. Obviously, dialogue with the first doctors, and
obviously I ended up talking with a
I had surgery, so I did have my prostate
with the passage of time, I learned that I still had cancer, and it obviously spread to
whatever area or degree that it's spread to, and I feel that the treatment I've been rece
iving for the last
five, six years has been to control the growth and to maintain and slow down the cancer as much as
At some point in the early part, I went through a series of some type of X
ray treatment, radiation
treatment, and so
on, which I don't remember because this is some years ago, but I know it took place
over a period of six or eight weeks. I can't remember if it was one every day, but I took the treatment
that was prescribed to me. And then following that time, basically m
y treatment has been medication
that has been prescribed to me by my attending physician at Tulane.
been blessed that I
do not have any side effects from the medication, and as I told you, I feel good in the morning, I feel
good all day, I feel good at night. I still continue to have treatment from the Tulane specialist. Fortunate
that I don't have a si
de effect from the medication. Some people probably do, but I don't.
They measure my PSA all the time, and generally speaking, my PSA has gone down. It's always gone
down. And then lately, I guess for the last two months, I was prescribed a new medication
. I take four
big pills, they look like small footballs, every morning before eating, and I take another little pill, so I take
that in the morning, every morning, and I think the purpose of that medication is to hold down or keep
my PSA down. But all
ll, I don't have my folder, but every time I come to Tulane Medical, I have a
sheet and I put my PSA down, and it is always low. I don't want to dare say how much low, but I think
we're dealing in decimals, point such
such, or 1% and so on. So I think
that's probably very positive,
which I can understand as a layperson, that's one of the factors that the professionals and the doctors
So that's where I'm at right now. I don't have any idea what's the future treatment that I'm
going to be facing.
I guess the simple question is, what's your percentage of getting some cure for prostate cancer? I
basically feel by talking with professionals, I probably have four years, five years possibly left in my life if
I continue to get the treatment that I'm r
eceiving from Tulane Cancer Center, and basically that's it.
Life's been wonderful.
I have an ailment and a cancer that can kill you, but as I said, I feel good all the time, so I can't ask for
more than that. But if I can live four or five years, I'll tak
e it. If I can get more with the research and
maybe some more breakthroughs in the future, that'll be great.
I guess the most important thing I could
say is, maybe at a certain age, I don't know what that age would be, but maybe 50, is, go to your family
octor every six months or every 12 months, so if they see any signs of you having problems with your
prostate, then get it tended to early. I think that would be the most important thing as a layperson that I
would tell them.