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Doting Daughter
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   Posted 4/3/2008 3:02 PM (GMT -6)   
So, today was the last day of the 25minute radiation appointments for my dad.  He is SOOOO excited!  Tomorrow starts the 10 minute appointments and they will continue for 4 more weeks.  Yes, four more weeks.  I'm not sure why, but they decided to make the treatment 8 weeks, instead of 7. 
The side effects have been ok.  The GI side effects seem to be controlled well with Imodium.  My dad did say that he is starting to feel sore in the entire area.  After doing crunches (yes, he works out regularly), he said that his whole abs were more sore in a weird way.   The RO said that the entire area is a little inflamed and advised against doing crunches for now.  He is not off the hook for walking though :)
Thank you for your prayers and support!  We are half way through this round! 
 
Doting
Father's Information
DX July 15, 2007
Age 62 (now 63)
PSA 5.5
Original Gleason 3+4=7 
Post Surgery Gleason- 4+3=7
DaVinci Surgery Aug 31, 2007
Focally Positive Right Margin
One positive node
Bone Scan/CT Negative (Sept. 10, 2007)
T3a N1 M0
Oct. 17 PSA 0.07
Nov. 13 PSA 0.05
Casodex adm. Nov 07
Lupron beg. Dec 03, 2007 2 yr
Radiation started March 03, 2008 7 weeks 5x a week
2 weeks of radiation down!!!
 
 


myman
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Date Joined Feb 2007
Total Posts : 1219
   Posted 4/3/2008 3:35 PM (GMT -6)   
So glad to see your dad is tolerating the radiation. Ouch on the crunches!
He'll do well with such love and support from his family.

Susan

How the little one?
Husband Diagnosed 11/17/05 Age: 63 PSA: 7.96 No Symptoms
2/09/06: LRP - Post Pathology - Gleason 4+3 Stage T2b NO MX
3 mo. PSA: 11.8 Stage T3a
6 mo. PSA: 18.8 Stage IV Systemic w/ distant lymph node involvement
Start HT - Lupron 3 mo. shots
12/06/06: PSA 0.8
03/07/07: PSA 0.3
PSA - Undetectable since 6/07/07


mvesr
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Date Joined Apr 2007
Total Posts : 823
   Posted 4/3/2008 4:24 PM (GMT -6)   
Glad to hear you Dad is doing well with the radiation. Stay positive.

Mika
age at dx 54 now 55
psa at dx 4.3
got the bad news 1/29/07
open surgery Duke Medical Center 5-29-07
never more than 2 pads
wear one for insurance now
ED still a problem
last PSA undetectable
 


Frank1205
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Date Joined Feb 2008
Total Posts : 308
   Posted 4/3/2008 7:20 PM (GMT -6)   
Very happy to hear the news about your fathers tolerance for his treatment.

Keep the faith.

Frank
Frank S.
diagnosed 01-08-08 53 years old 
DRE always normal
Abnormal PSA for 5 or more years
2004 Biospy negative
2008 Biopsy positive (01-08-08)
10 cores, 1 positive and at 1% of that one core
Highest PSA 10 ever
Lowest PSA   4
Current PSA   6
Bone and Ct scans negative
Staged at T1C
Gleason 3+3 = 6
Robotic Da Vinci performed March 27th, 2008
University of Chicago
Dr. Arieh Shalhav
surgery at noon out to recovery at 500 pm
in recovery 3.5 hours
Cardiac rythum issues
Surgery thursday pm home friday pm
Catheter out in 7 days typical early indications
 


kdnole
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Date Joined Jun 2007
Total Posts : 152
   Posted 4/3/2008 8:05 PM (GMT -6)   
Chayna, That's great news and I'm cracking up about the crunches. Oh. I hope I am as in shape as your pop's to do that in my later years. I've been having so GI issue's lately but my RO thinks it's the wasabi pea's I've been eating. :-) My bad, they go great with beer and hockey!
Tell your dad we are all keeping him in our thoughts.
Age 44
PSA 4.8
Gleason 3+3=6
T2
Biopsy - 3 of 12 (2@20% / 1@80%
Da Vinci 7/31/07 @ Duke
2.5 hr. surgery, released from Duke with in 14 hrs.
Saved both nerve bundles. 
Foley out 8/10/08
Positive Pathology Report 
Near left side nerve bundle
New Gleason 7
Oncology visit in the near future for radiation
Back to work 3 weeks following surgery - Sales
 
9/13/07 - 1 Post PSA Undetectable less than 0.1 
 
9/17/07 - Pad Free! 
 
10/11/07 - ED, Trimix injection .2cc Tooo much but it worked. Now on .05cc, 3 times a week
No luck with viagra or pump. 
 
11/19/07 - 5 mth. PSA 0.1 (Ouch)
02/11/08 - Scheduled for CT Scan and MRI
2/27/08 - Started IMRT Radiation treatments
(6 weeks, 5 days a week)  


biker90
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Date Joined Nov 2006
Total Posts : 1464
   Posted 4/3/2008 9:48 PM (GMT -6)   
Hey Doting,

I'm so glad you dad is doing fine. Sounds like he is in good spirits and that is so important to recovery. Please keep us posted on his progress. Nice to hear from you again...

Jim
Age 73. Diagnosed 11/03/06. PSA 7.05. Stage T2C Gleason 3+3.
RRP 12/7/06. Nerves and nodes okay.
Catheter out on 12/13/06.  Dry on 12/14/06.
Pathological stage: T2C N0 MX. Gleason 3+4.
PSAs from  1/3/07 - 1/17/08 0.00. 
Next PSA test on 7/17/08
"Patience is essential, attitude is everything."
 
 


Tony Crispino
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Date Joined Dec 2006
Total Posts : 8128
   Posted 4/3/2008 10:08 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Chayna,
It's great to hear your pops has adapted better. I've been over here just feeling for him after I spoke to him and told him it was a breeze for me. I am now fully aware the experience with cancer and it's treatments are different for everybody. One persons breeze may be anothers vortex. I did not have to take the imodium but once and I think that was because of a stomach illness. The only reasons I can think they added the additional week is because they wanted to reshape the delivery or intensity. Let your dad know that the only crunches I did were with potato chips. I walked a bunch, but i did not work out like your dad does. (Yes I'm jealous). And when you think about it, this may very well be the reason he is getting more side effects. I don't know for sure, and probably never will. But I do think about you guys all the time. Thank you so much for hanging around here and keeping your father close to us. You can also tell us about that baby that must be a gettin' big. (send Pics). God Bless you and tell your dad I'm cheering for him all the time.

Tony
Age 45 (44 when Dx)
Pre-op PSA was 19.8
Surgery on Feb 16, 2007
Post-Op Pathology: Gleason 4+3=7, positive margins, Stage pT3b (Stage III)
HT began in May, '07 with Lupron and Casodex 50mg
IMRT radiation for 38 Treatments ending August 3, '07
Current PSA (1/08): <0.1
I will continue HT until May '09. 
Years in Remission (3/23/07): 1
Visit my Journey at:
 
STAY POSITIVE!
 
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anniea
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Date Joined May 2007
Total Posts : 234
   Posted 4/3/2008 10:36 PM (GMT -6)   

Hi Doting Daughter

I am so glad your Dad is doing well. I hope things continue to improve. He must be very proud to have a daughter like you fight this right by his side. I hope you and your baby are doing well too.

Warm wishes

Diana


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


Doting Daughter
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Date Joined Aug 2007
Total Posts : 1064
   Posted 4/6/2008 10:49 PM (GMT -6)   
Thank you all for your posts! I cracked up over a few of the comments, especially the wasabi peas. I too love them :) Tony- I will send some new baby pics your way. I have a ton from Easter. Baby boy is doing great! He will be 6 months on the 13th. What a year it has been!? God does provide when you need it most. My son is a testament to that!
My dad just received his third Lupron shot on Friday. He was not pleased about it. For other Lupron guys out there, do you get more sore each time you get the shot? My dad was really sore this time around from the shot.
What is a normal time frame for someone on Lupron to get their PSA checked? I know it is supposed to lower the PSA and not provide an accurate read, but should it be done every three months still? Thanks and hope you all had a wonderful weekend!

Doting
Father's Information
DX July 15, 2007
Age 62 (now 63)
PSA 5.5
Original Gleason 3+4=7 
Post Surgery Gleason- 4+3=7
DaVinci Surgery Aug 31, 2007
Focally Positive Right Margin
One positive node
Bone Scan/CT Negative (Sept. 10, 2007)
T3a N1 M0
Oct. 17 PSA 0.07
Nov. 13 PSA 0.05
Casodex adm. Nov 07
Lupron beg. Dec 03, 2007 2 yr
Radiation started March 03, 2008 7 weeks 5x a week
2 weeks of radiation down!!!
 
 


Tony Crispino
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Date Joined Dec 2006
Total Posts : 8128
   Posted 4/6/2008 11:49 PM (GMT -6)   
They should call it the Lupron harpoon! Just when you come up for air they jab you again :-). Actually I'm not understanding that Lupron lowers PSA readings but rather shrinks the cancer, thus the lower readings. There are things that lower the PSA while the cancer is growing, but if your getting a lower reading such as your dads you are in remission. Your dad is there and he may just stay there. God willing. Let him know I am doing well. We are close in our trek. I'll be watching for those pics. I also will be posting some new ones on my site soon. Perhaps I am hoping for my photos to lead to my discovery in Nashville. Chesney, Bently, Jackson and the like have nothing on me! LOL

Tony
Age 45 (44 when Dx)
Pre-op PSA was 19.8
Surgery on Feb 16, 2007
Post-Op Pathology: Gleason 4+3=7, positive margins, Stage pT3b (Stage III)
HT began in May, '07 with Lupron and Casodex 50mg
IMRT radiation for 38 Treatments ending August 3, '07
Current PSA (1/08): <0.1
I will continue HT until May '09. 
Years in Remission (3/23/07): 1
Visit my Journey at:
 
STAY POSITIVE!
 
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