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   Posted 3/8/2008 8:17 AM (GMT -6)   
Please don't scold me as I know all the dangers of smoking. I do have prostrate cancer and scheduled for laporoscopic sugery the 1st of April. I have been, not a heavy smoker, but have smoked most of my life. I know it's in contrast but I've also been a dedicated exerciser even running marathons. I have been a runner since I was 25 years old. Since my diagnosis I am trying to quit and have cut down to 5-8 cigs. a day. Just wondering if any others are smokers diagnosed with prostrate cancer and are in my situation of cutting down with the intention of quitting. I have to admit.  Dealing with what is coming up and adding to that trying to quit smoking cold turkey is a little much for me. My doctor has really not said anything to me about the amount I smoke or harping at me to quit....yet. 

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Date Joined Jan 2008
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   Posted 3/8/2008 11:21 AM (GMT -6)   
In June 2001 I put my last smoke out and have not had one since.  It ain't easy to give up a 40 year habit but it can be done. 
Richard & Debbie on The Shores of Toledo Bend Lake Louisiana
11/07 PSA 1.9 PSA 11/08 was 4.9 PSA 12/08 was 7.7 MDA 2/12/08 3.3 On Proscar so shud double
Biospy 1/10/08 Gleason score (4+5)9, Stage T1C or T2C, 8 of 12 samples positive 
Bone scan 1/17/08 hot spot on ribs, CT shows rib enjury CT CHest 1/30/08 Clear
M.D. Anderson appt 2/12/08 CT Abdomin & Pelvis Clear Recommended Hormone&Radiation
2/19/08 Dr Fagin, Austin, TX did not recommend surgery based on medical history
2/22/08 Contacted U of Florida Proton Therapy Institute - Appt 3/13/08
Turn Stumbling Blocks into Steping Stones

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Date Joined Aug 2006
Total Posts : 148
   Posted 3/8/2008 1:29 PM (GMT -6)   
I smoked for over 25 years and quit almost 10 years ago. I quit cold turkey, but under the circumstances you might consider one of the newer aids. Best of luck with everything.

Diagnosed 8/24/06
Gleason 6
PSA 3.32
stage T1C
age 48
da Vinci on 10/20/06
Last PSA Oct '07 = ZERO
Husband, Father, Son, Brother, Friend
"Never miss a good chance to listen."

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Date Joined May 2007
Total Posts : 234
   Posted 3/9/2008 1:03 AM (GMT -6)   

Hi Sparkymo,

Sorry to hear you have prostrate cancer, You have found a great place for answers & support. My Rick started smoking at age 16 when he joined the USAF ( He lied about his age to join) he is now 68 and still smokes about a pack a day. I know its not good for him but he is hooked.

Best wishes


Rick & Diana
Age 68/ 67@ Dx
6-30-06  PSA 2.54
1-22-07  PSA 4.98
1-26-07  PSA 5.09
Diag: 2-14-07 Gleason 8 Stage T1c PSA 5.09
Bone Scan 3-1-07 Clear
3-6-07 Triple Spinal Fusion (due to old back injury)
Radical retropubic surgery 4-2-07  Post surgery Gleason 9 Stage T3a Positive margins
4-29-07 PSA 0.02
6-9-07   PSA 0.02
7-6-07   PSA 0.03
8-1-07   CT Scan & Chest X-Ray   Clean
 9-26-2007 PSA 0.07
11/1/07 PSA 0.1
11/30/07 PSA 0.12
01/31/2008 PSA 0.3
03/01/2008 PSA 0.3

Johnny Canuck
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Date Joined Jan 2008
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   Posted 3/9/2008 10:43 AM (GMT -6)   
I quit a 30 year pack-a-day habit about 3 years ago. It wasn't my first attempt...I think it was my third serious one. Twice I used the patch, and as it finally took, I would recommend it heartily. It allows you to deal with the habit while it weans you from the addiction. Canada, you can buy generic ones that are substantially cheaper than the 'name brands'.

As to the wisdom of quitting now? Ask your doctor about the competing stress factors...that of quitting as piggybacked on the treatment as opposed to smoking while dealing with the PCa.

All I can say is that I sure coulda' used a smoke after the brachy...

Age: 54
Gleason Score: 6
PSA: 3.33
Biopsy:6/8 Positive
Stage: T1c
Prostate Size: 27cc
Diagnosed: December 05, 2007
Brachytherapy: February 26, 2008

Post Edited (Johnny Canuck) : 3/9/2008 9:50:29 AM (GMT-6)

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Date Joined Jan 2008
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   Posted 3/9/2008 2:02 PM (GMT -6)   
Ex 2plus pack-a-day smoker here. Went cold turkey after a short stay in the hospital where I couldn't smoke. Best decision of my life I promise you cutting back has got you ready so take full advantage of the situation. In a cut back mode it is only making you suffer longer. Just remember we smokers are the biggest liars of all time when we say "Well, one want hurt. After this one I will never smoke again."

You can do it if I can.
12/06/07 DaVinci and open prostate surgery after difficulties in breathing stopped the davinci.
Walked a lot
90% control the day the catherter removed.
pad only for a sneeze before the week was out
No pads most of the second week.

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Date Joined Apr 2006
Total Posts : 818
   Posted 3/9/2008 7:43 PM (GMT -6)   

Hi Sparky,

Me too; I was a smoker since high school, but after my daVinci procedure I've quite. No magic pills, gum, patches or any of that junk. I just tappered of to about 3-5 butts a day, and finally desided that was enough. Don't get me wrong I'm still a smoke-a-holic, and I guess I will always be one, but no smokes today and hopefully none tomorrow. That's the way it's been for the last 2 years.

Good luck with your fight to quite, and speedy recovery.



Diagnosed at age 60
PSA went from 2.2 to 3.8 in 14 months
2 of 14 cores positive at 10%
Gleason 6(3+3), negative DRE, neg. margins
DaVinci surgery on 02/23/06
Last PSA 02/26/08 @ 24 months "0"

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Date Joined Feb 2008
Total Posts : 308
   Posted 3/10/2008 2:36 PM (GMT -6)   
Hey Sparky,

Smoked a pack a day for 30 years, quit the day I found out my Dad had late stage lung cancer and quickly passed at 82. He quit after he needed heart surgery. Lived for 8 years before he was diagnosed. Not soon enough I guess. I went "Cold turkey "

Good luck to you......

Diagnosed 01-08-08
Age 53
2004 PSA 8 biopsy negative
2008 PSA 6 biopsy positive 1 in 3
Gleason 3+3 = 6
Bone Scan negative
Wet CT negative
Robotic Scheduled March 27th, 2008
University of Chicago
Dr. Arieh Shalhav

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