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dutchy
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Date Joined Jun 2007
Total Posts : 75
   Posted 5/23/2008 10:45 PM (GMT -6)   
After a week of extensive testing, we found out that my husband has advanced colon cancer as a secondary cancer. It has already spread to the liver (quite extensively) and lungs whereas his CT-scan at the end of January was completely clean. He started chemo today.

It's been a very intense week. At times we thought he was not going to make it much longer, but changes in pain killers (from morphine to something else with Ritalin) made a major difference. Of course, the treatment is still a long shot but at least we know what exactly it is and how to treat it. So we started chemo and hope and pray for the best.

The doctors reason that one cancer doesn't influence another cancer, but I am not convinced of that. I think that chemo on an already weakened body is worse, in particular because the mets on the liver are the main problem. I've seen too much of what cancer can do to believe in a 'magical cure'. Than again, my husband did a pretty amazing thing with his advanced prostate cancer. Up until yesterday, the oncologists warned us that the question is whether to even start chemo. Fortunately, they found out the origin which made them slightly more positive and confident on how to treat my husband. Dutchy.
Dutchy's husband
Diagnosis: 7/6: PSA 1,946, multiple bone metastases in thoracic, lumbar spine, pelvis, bilateral ribs and proximal left tibia, 2 weeks Casodex (50 mg)

Treatment: 3 monthly Lupron injection (22.5 mg) + Zometa (4 mg IV). Added daily Casodex (50 mg) in September 2007.

25/6: PSA 407
20/8: PSA 3,7
29/9: PSA 0.7
14/10: PSA 0.17
18/12: PSA < 0.003
15/3: PSA <0.003


DanmanBob
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Date Joined Feb 2008
Total Posts : 467
   Posted 5/23/2008 11:10 PM (GMT -6)   

God bless you and give you strength and wisdom during this extremely tough time.

You and your husband are in my prayers.

DanMan


Danman Bob, Born 1951
Nerve-sparing, open prostate surgery November 13, 2007
Gleason score 9, PSA 14; Biopsy result - 9 of 12 sticks showed cancer
Post-op pathology stated that cancer was confined to the prostate
Unrelated surgery January 2008 delayed incontinence recovery, which is now showing good signs of improvement (fraction of a pad a day as of late April 2008)
100 MG Viagra 3 times a week beginning December 2007
Osbon Erec-Aid Esteem manual pump for therapy beginning mid-February 2008
30 MG papaverine/1 MG phentolamine bimix injections beginning late April 2008
Five week post-op PSA 0.2, five month post-op PSA 0.1, next test August 2008


Magaboo
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Date Joined Oct 2006
Total Posts : 1210
   Posted 5/23/2008 11:57 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi dutchy,
I'm so sorry to read about your husbands 2nd cancer, especially after doing so well with his PC. Don't give up hope. I'm sure that you are in many peoples prayers.
I'm hoping that there will be bright light for you on the end of this dark tunnel.
 
Magaboo

Born Sept., 1936
PSA 7.9
Stage T1C
-ve DRE
Gleason's Score 3+4=7
2 of 8 positive
Open RP 28 Nov 06
Post op staging T3
Gleasons still 3+4=7
Seminal vesicles and lymph nodes clear
Catheter out 15 Dec 06
Dry since 11 Feb 07
All PSA tests in 2007 (4) <.04
PSA test Mar., 08 =.04 
 
 


hopemylove
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Date Joined Apr 2008
Total Posts : 65
   Posted 5/24/2008 6:57 AM (GMT -6)   

Morning,

I posted a reply to you on my thread then I found yours. You are in my thoughts as you begin each new day and may it be blessed with hope and promise.

Karen


Karen--New York
Husbands Info:
Age of diagnosis--62
2/28/08--PSA 279   DRE--positive/rock hard
Flomax and Casadex started
Biopsy--3/7/08--187cc--Gleason 10--12 of 12 positive--Perineural and LV invasion identified
T4 bone met.--hydroureteronephrosis/right kidney
3/28/08--Lupron Inj. started
4/7/08--Zometa IV started
5/15/08--PSA 12
5/20/08--Tubes placed in kidneys (through back)
5/21/08--diagnosed Neuro Endocrine Prostate carcinoma
 
 
 


hopemylove
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Date Joined Apr 2008
Total Posts : 65
   Posted 5/31/2008 6:53 PM (GMT -6)   

Dutchy,

How are you and your husband doing? Is he receiving chemo yet? Just wanted to let you know that I have be thinking about you both and praying for your continued strength.

Karen


Karen--New York
Husbands Info:
Age of diagnosis--62
2/28/08--PSA 279   DRE--positive/rock hard
Flomax and Casadex started
Biopsy--3/7/08--187cc--Gleason 10--12 of 12 positive--Perineural and LV invasion identified
T4 bone met.--hydroureteronephrosis/right kidney
3/28/08--Lupron Inj. started
4/7/08--Zometa IV started
5/15/08--PSA 12
5/20/08--Tubes placed in kidneys (through back)
5/21/08--diagnosed Neuro Endocrine Prostate carcinoma
5/28-30/08--1st Chemo
 
 
 


livinadream
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Date Joined Apr 2008
Total Posts : 1382
   Posted 5/31/2008 7:22 PM (GMT -6)   
Dutchy
Please do not give up hope, that is one thing that we can have until our last breath on this wonderful earth. I teach that where there is hope there is life. I know the road ahead is going to be difficult and seemingly impossible, however I encourage you to find strength in the people here that love and care for you. We can try to share your burden. We are all fighters, but when you get weak please share your feelings. We all care.

peace and love
Dale
My PSA at diagnosis was 16.3
age 46 (current)
My gleason score from prostate was 4+5=9 and from the lymph nodes was 4+4=8
I had 44 IMRT's
Casodex
Currently on Lupron
I go to The Cancer Treatment Center of America
Married with two kids
latest PSA 5-27-08 0.11
cancer in 4 of 6 cores
92%
80%
37%
28%
 


Pete trips again!
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Date Joined Nov 2006
Total Posts : 1899
   Posted 5/31/2008 7:24 PM (GMT -6)   

You two have been an inspiration to me and the rest here w/ your coragous battle w/ PC. Please know my prayers and those of many others here are with you.

Your friend,

Pete 


55 years old, Surgury, Radical Prostatectomy 8/20/03, PSA 6.6, Gleason 3 + 3 = 6, Adenocarcinoma extent (moderate) Stage & Margin:T2NOMX, No Metastases, Organ Confined, bone scan: Neg. 3 years depression after surgery prior to Hypogonadizm DX, Testosterone Theropy (Testim Gel)since 12/06. Fighting to stay upbeat daily, I am's what I am's and that's all that I am's! (Popeye)  55 and still alive!!!


biker90
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Date Joined Nov 2006
Total Posts : 1464
   Posted 5/31/2008 8:00 PM (GMT -6)   
Hey Dutchy,

MaryLu and I are with you all the way in this. We hope the best for you and you husband...

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.
50 mg Viagra + 1000 mg L-Arginine + .03 cc Trimix = Excellent Results
PSAs from  1/3/07 - 1/17/08 0.00. 
Next PSA test on 7/17/08
"Patience is essential, attitude is everything."


jetguy
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Date Joined Sep 2006
Total Posts : 741
   Posted 5/31/2008 8:03 PM (GMT -6)   

Dear Dutchy,

This is really a low blow for you and I am so sorry to hear of it.  It is beyond me why this misery is inflicted on so many fine people.  I wish the best for you and truly wish that I had the answer, but I do not.  Please keep us informed and stay with us.

Regards,

Bill


August of 2006, PSA up to 4.2 from 2.7 one year ago. 
October free and total PSA 12% free and 5.0 total.
A month, or so later, 4.7.
Late in the year decide on Image Guided IMRT.
Begin 43 treatments on January 23, 2007 and finish on March 23.
Four month post treatment PSA is 1.9.
Seven month PSA is 0.8.


Doting Daughter
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Date Joined Aug 2007
Total Posts : 1064
   Posted 5/31/2008 8:58 PM (GMT -6)   
Thinking of you and holding you close in thought and prayer.
Father's Age 62 (now 63)
Original Gleason 3+4=7, Post-Op Gleason- 4+3=7,
DaVinci Surgery Aug 31, 2007
Focally Positive Right Margin, One positive node. T3a N1 M0.
Bone Scan/CT Negative (Sept. 10, 2007)
Oct. 17 PSA 0.07
Nov. 13 PSA 0.05
Casodex adm. Nov 07, Lupron beg. Dec 03, 2007 2 yrs
Radiation March 03-April 22, 2008- 8 weeks 5x a week
Praying for a cured dad. First PSA 3 months!


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myman
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Date Joined Feb 2007
Total Posts : 1219
   Posted 5/31/2008 9:13 PM (GMT -6)   
How very sorry I am for all your husband is going through. There's no understanding this terrible disease and the pain it brings.
Please know we're here for you both, Dutchy. We want to help however we can.

Thinking of you,
Susan
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

Link to journey:
http://www.healingwell.com/community/default.aspx?f=35&m=826731


JustJulie
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Date Joined Mar 2006
Total Posts : 355
   Posted 6/2/2008 8:24 AM (GMT -6)   
You are in my prayers today and going forward.
 
JustJulie
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