What do you do to get your mind off Prostate Cancer?

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   Posted 6/22/2008 3:58 PM (GMT -6)   
I thought we could share what we do to get our minds off our prostate problems. I use fishing to get my mind off things. I bass fish 2-3 weekends a month. I get out on the lake and forget about everything but catching bass. If anyone on the forum lives in my area and would like to fish just let me know. I fish at two private lakes. One is just outside Gulfport, MS and the other one is just outside Atmore, AL.
I find it help a lot to get my mind off my health issues.
I also read a lot. It really helps.

BamaCoast - Kenny & Renae
from the Gulf Coast of Alabama
Age 51
Di Vinci Robotic Surgery March 5th, 2008
by Dr. Scott Tully
PSA 3.5  Gleason 3+4= 7
Confined to Prostate
1st PSA 6-20-08 .0 negative
Dry approximately 6-15-08

Post Edited (BamaCoast) : 6/22/2008 3:04:11 PM (GMT-6)

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   Posted 6/22/2008 8:05 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Kenny,
In the early days (LRP surgery last Summer 2007), I just immersed myself in work, family, and service to others.  Those activities kept me very busy and that really helped. 
My wife and daughter, soon after my diagnosis and surgery, had some health problems as well, so I was able to forget my own problems while helping them.  Part of that help was doing the grocery shopping for my wife.  Today, I actually enjoy doing grocery shopping alone and using that as an escape.
My favorite escape, ever since I was diagnosed last June, has been going to movies with my daughter or son.  That has been terrific.
Thanks for asking.

Barry ~ (a.k.a. "Idaho") - Prostate Cancer Forum Moderator


Da Vinci Surgery July 31, 2007… 54 on surgery day
PSA 4.3  Gleason 3+3=6  T2a  Confined to Prostate

1st PSA  09/11/2007  <0.04 (undetectable)

2nd PSA 12/10/2007  <0.04

3rd PSA  03/17/2008  <0.04

My web site: http://pca-info.blogspot.com

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   Posted 6/22/2008 9:28 PM (GMT -6)   
My mother-in-law called 10 seconds after I got the phone that said I hadcancer and said she was moving in, pretty much took my mind off the cancer.
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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   Posted 6/22/2008 9:50 PM (GMT -6)   
After my husband was diagnosed, we made a road trip and got married. Focusing on work helped him suppress pain and kept his mind of the PCa. The diagnosis with colon cancer made us almost forget about the PCa. 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.

25/06: PSA 407
20/08: PSA 3,7
29/09: PSA 0.7
14/10: PSA 0.17
18/12: PSA < 0.003
15/03: PSA <0.003
15/05: PSA <0.003

May 2008: diagnosed with advanced colon cancer

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   Posted 6/22/2008 10:43 PM (GMT -6)   
Oh dutchy, I didn't know. My sorrow is deep. Please stay here. You are valuable. I've been very busy, maybe everyone else knows, but I didn't.


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.

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   Posted 6/23/2008 5:48 AM (GMT -6)   
i worked a lot and tried to stay very active. i still worry and stress... i went in for my 6 week check-up last friday and got a good report. the doctor told me to start enjoying life. i guess he could tell i was still stressing by the questions i was asking. i am doing better but it is taking some time.
Age 48
occupation accountant
PSA increased from 2.6 to 3.5 in one year
biopsy march 2008 - cancer present gleason 7
decision - surgery (robotic)
surgery may 9, 2008 - houston, tx
pathology report -gleason 8
margins clear
4 week and 6 week PSA .04 (undetectible)
continence ok during day - 1 pad
night time different story
kegel's twice a day 20 reps

Roger G
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   Posted 6/23/2008 8:47 AM (GMT -6)   

Let's see what have a started doing to get my mind off of PCa.

  • Started working out again 4-5 time a week.  I'm trying to get my weight below 200lbs. 
  • Help Coach two soccer teams.
  • Joined the board of directors for local girls Hockey Association.  Anyone want to sponsor my daughter for a year ?
  • Go bike riding and walks with the kids.
  • I also do the grocery shopping.  It's surprisingly very therapeutic... and you get to buy the things your wife normally would not devil   

I basically try and stay busy all day.  An idle mind is a dangerous thing.


I have to get my blood work done for my 9 month check-up this afternoon.  My goal this time is to not let the anxiety/worry build.


ps.. I can never really take my mind off it it... but I can manage to push it into the back corners of my mind were the voice of worry can hardly be heard.

Age: 43 (2008)
DRE Small Ridge on prostate, PSA 1.5
07/2007: Diagnosed cancer, T2c, Gleason 3+4=7
09/2007: Laparoscopic prostectomy @ Hamilton General, 4 hrs.
              Both nerve bundles spared
              Pathology Report: Tumor confined w/in prostate
              T2c, Gleason is 3+3=6
              Went home with JP drain
10/2007: Made return trip to hospital.  All urine was comming out JP drain.
10/2007: Catheter removed. Next to no leakage
11/2007: 1st PSA <.003 :)
              ED: Started Viagra, no response yet.
12/2007: Had confidence to go padless!!!!!
12/2007: ED:  Stopped Viagra as it's causing hemroid problems.
01/2008: 2nd PSA <.003 :)
              ED: next to no response.
04/2008: 3nd PSA <.003 :)
              ED: next to no response.  Changed the Viagra prescription.

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   Posted 6/23/2008 9:14 AM (GMT -6)   
I visit my 1 month old granddaughter. This is our first grandchild, so I'm still a 'Grandpa in Training' :-)
Diagnosed Sep 2007 Age 54 Gleason 6 (3+3)
DaVinci Surgery 11/8/07 University of Minnesota
2/22/08 PSA Undetectable

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   Posted 6/23/2008 9:26 AM (GMT -6)   
I think the passing of time has been what has most kept my mind off of prostate cancer. Once the pathology report showed the cancer was confined, post-surgery issues with incontinence and achieving erections were rectified and five post-surgery PSA test results have been undetectable, I don't think about it much anymore until it comes time for another PSA test. However, I am always aware that I was diagnosed since I wear the blue wrist band as a way of showing support for my brothers and to help raise awareness. I don't preach about the importance of having a PSA and DRE, but if someone asks about the wrist band I'm more than happy to tell them what its about.

Biopsy: Diagnosed March 25, 2007. PSA 3.0. Gleason 6. Five of twelve samples positive with <5% each. No perineural invasion seen.
Surgery: May 21, 2007, Florida Hospital, Orlando,FL
Post-op Pathology: Upgraded to Gleason 7 (3+4), negative margins, negative capsular penetration, negative seminal vesicles, lymph nodes left intact, multifocal perinural invasion, 15% of prosate involving cancer in both lobes. T2c
Continence/Erections Out of pads at five weeks. Fully continent and can achieve erections.
Post Surgery PSA: Five tests, all <0.1
Family history: Great-great grandfather died from PC. My Father had his prostate removed at age 67 in 1997 and has had an undetectable PSA ever since. I was diagnosed at a much earlier age and had a more agressive cancer than my father. Go figure.

Tony Crispino
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   Posted 6/23/2008 10:00 AM (GMT -6)   
With advanced disease the reminders are constant, continuing therapy and hot flashes. Since it was lingering about me, I decided to make the best of it and make it a ministry of sorts. I don't mind. My ability to deal with this without depression or fear makes it unnecessary to try to block it out and try to aid in awareness actively. But I do have a few things that make living with it easier. I am an outdoors guy living in the Southwest. I ride my dirt bike, I cruise my RV, but also I am still very active at work and my charities. I know this is not for everybody, but it is good for me.

Dutchy, you a very special lady!

Age 45 (44 when Dx)
Pre-op PSA was 19.8
Surgery on Feb 16, 2007 @ The City of Hope
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 (May 9 '08): <0.1
I will continue HT until May '09. 
Years in Remission (3/23/07): 1
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   Posted 6/23/2008 10:13 AM (GMT -6)   

I really am not yet in a position to forget PCa as I have a daily reminder; my next appointment with my buddy the balloon. 

I think about all those who are in far worse shape than I am and it helps me to realize that I am so far lucky.

I have become the grill chef and now take time to purchase meal items for the grill such as meat and veggies.  I spend a long time getting my grill going, and trying to turn out something that is beyond just food but an adventure to the taste buds.

I have always wanted to going RVing but the urge is now stronger than ever to hit the road. Thinking about buying a new rig helps the mind dwell on something other than PCa. It also brings me back to PCa as I think about actually going and meeting my brothers and sisters from HW. Like going fishing with BamaCoast and his son.   

I am not sure I want to get my mind totally off cancer as that could lead to forgetting those who were here for me when I needed it.  I want to be here for others who might need me.

Richard yeah tongue yeah

Retired USAF Richard & Debbie on The Shores of Toledo Bend Lake Louisiana
Biospy 1/10/08 Gleason 10, Stage T1C  8 of 12 samples positive all Less Than 5% 
Jan & Feb & Mar all tests clear
MD Anderson = No surgery and No Proton only Hormone and IMRT
Contacted with Loma Linda and UFPTI in FL
Started Treatment at the U of Florida Proton Therapy Institute in April 2008
May 2, 2008 LUPRON & Casodex
IMRT to started  5/27/2008 Will get 42 treatments 19 IMRT and then 23 Proton
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   Posted 6/23/2008 6:50 PM (GMT -6)   


Best of luck to you as you go through your proton therapy. I can see where you would have a problem getting your mind off PCa right now. You are welcome to fish with my son and I anytime my friend. There will come a time when you want to move past it. I do realize that so many are not as lucky as I have been and it is hard to get on with life. I was very uneasy until I received my first post op psa test results last Friday. But through it all I refused to let it rule my life so I just kept on doing the things that help deal with the stress. I was back to fishing three weeks after surgery. We all need something to help us getaway from it all every now and then and I like many of the ideas already discussed.  

 the doctor told me to start enjoying life. Rob that is excellant advice.

BamaCoast - Kenny & Renae
from the Gulf Coast of Alabama
Age 51
Di Vinci Robotic Surgery March 5th, 2008
by Dr. Scott Tully
PSA 3.5  Gleason 3+4= 7
Confined to Prostate
1st PSA 6-20-08 .0 negative
Dry approximately 6-15-08

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   Posted 6/23/2008 7:10 PM (GMT -6)   
This is a great post. I swim 5 days a week, ride my bike (bicycle), lift weights, i started a ministry to bring awareness to people suffering debilitating disease and there caregivers, that is actually where the name livin a dream came from (livinadream.com). I do not think my mind ever forgets cancer because I am reminded daily by the side effects, but my faith in god and people has sure helped me aleviate depression.

Thanks for starting this thread.

peace and love
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
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

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   Posted 6/23/2008 8:00 PM (GMT -6)   

I find it difficult to get my mind off Pca at the moment, as my second PSA after salvage radiation is coming up in 4 weeks, however to help myself, I play competition lawn bowls twice a week, the concentration required when playing takes your mind off everything else, I also ride a bike, fish, walk and try to stay as busy as possible.

Regards Mal.

age 67 PSA 5.8 DRE slightly firm Rt
Biopsy 2nd July 07 5 out of 12 positive
Gleason 3+4=7  right side tumour adenocarcinoma stage T2a
RP on 30th July,
Post op Pathology, tumour stage T3a 4+3=7, microcsopic evidence of capsular penetration, seminal vessels, bladder neck, free of tumour, lymph nodes clear, no evidence of metastatic malignancy, tumour does not extend to the apical margins.
Post op PSA 0.5 26th Sept.
PSA 23rd Oct.0.5 seeing Radiation Onocologist 31st Oct.
Started radiation treatment on 5th Dec, to continue until 24 Jan. 08.
Finished treatment, next PSA on 30th April.
PSA 30th April 0.4

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   Posted 6/23/2008 8:44 PM (GMT -6)   


You are living a dream by giving back to others and that must give you and your wife so much satisfaction. You post helped remind me of a dream my wife and I share.

When our son was wounded we spent several weeks at Walter Reed Army Hospital in DC. Despite what you may have read or saw on TV it was a great facility. The medical care was excellent but what made it so special was the tremendous volunteer network. They were truly special people.

We stayed at the Mologne House on the grounds at Walter Reed. This is were most of the wounded live while they are recovering and going through more treatment. The spirit of the wounded warriors changed our lives forever. We thought it would be depressing but these wonderful men and women lifted us up. Though most of these wounded warrior had very serious wounds their attitude and spirit was unshaken. They were looking forward to moving on with their lives and we never heard one feeling sorry for himself. They inspired us to want to give back to all of our veterans. This would be a great way to relieve the stress and also help others. We are almost at the point where we can start volunteering at the VA Hospital in Biloxi or the Fisher House at Kessler Air Force Base.

Thanks Dale, You are truly living a dream.

BamaCoast - Kenny & Renae
from the Gulf Coast of Alabama
Age 51
Di Vinci Robotic Surgery March 5th, 2008
by Dr. Scott Tully
PSA 3.5  Gleason 3+4= 7
Confined to Prostate
1st PSA 6-20-08 .0 negative
Dry approximately 6-15-08

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   Posted 6/23/2008 9:44 PM (GMT -6)   
When I was diagnosed I took a trip to Europe with my daughter, prior to surgery.
Age 59 - diagnosed in Jan. 08 after biopsy
da Vinci Robotic Prostatectomy 4/11/08 - both nerves spared
Catheter removed 4/25/08
Prostate Pathology:
Gleason Grade 6 (3+3)
Apex: neg
Base: positive (tumor present at right and left base)
Peripheral Margins: neg
No extra prostatic extension seen
Tumor corresponds to a AJCC/pTMN stage II
5 wks post-op Continence: 1 pad night, 2 during day
7 wks post-op Continence: 2 pads every 24 hours
First post-op PSA at 7 wks: 0.1
10 wks post-op Continence: 1 pad every 18 hours

James C.
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   Posted 6/24/2008 9:51 AM (GMT -6)   
LIke JCL, I think the passing of time has done most for me.  Initially I was a little scared with the whole unknown and uncertainity of it when diagnosed.  Intellectually, I knew that I probably would have it, given my stats, so I approached it as a task to be completed and concentrated on doing it.  After the second or 6 months .04 psa test, I relaxed.  Now facing the 9 month one, I am still relaxed with it, no nervous, worrying or such.  As time goes by with continued improvement in the ED department and building a string of zeros and undetectables, I am beginning to forget about it.  Helping here as Moderator gives me something to do, as well and continues to focus me as to my good fortune, so no wallowing in worry and self-pity is allowed.,.... tongue
James C.
Co-Moderator- Prostate Cancer Forum

Age 61
4/19/07 PSA 7.6, referred to Urologist, recheck 6.7
7/11/07 Biopsy- 16 core samples, size of gland around 76 cc. Staging pT2c
7/17/07 Path report: 3 of 16 PCa, 5% involved, left lobe , GS 3/3:6.
9/24/07 (open) Retropubic Radical Prostatectomy performed
9/26/07 Post-op Path Report: GS 3+3=6 Staging pT2c, 110gms, margins clear
10/15/07 ED- begin 50mg Viagra and Vacurect pump nightly, Fully continent
1/14/08 Caverject started/stopped, aching. 2/24/08 .5ml Bimix started-success
5/7/08 ED- Viagra, pump, no response- Trimix .075ml continues
Post Surgery PSA's:  3 mts-0, 6 mts.-0

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   Posted 6/24/2008 5:49 PM (GMT -6)   
I am currently looking forward to our house in France. We purchased it last year with the view of retirement there in the next 5 yrs or so. I had just returned from taking the last truck load of furniture and personal things there when I returned to the UK and was told of my PSA of 96. It turned my life around for a few weeks until it was diagnosed and confirmed PC and also quantified the Gleason and tumour size.

France is still in my thoughts as mush if not more than the PC which is a good thing.

My son moves in with his partner next month and this is going to fill alot of my time too helping him settle in and doing tasks around their new home.

My spirits are high and I have a feeling of at least controlling this until I probably die of something else, hopefully old age!!. I think the right attitude mentally goes a long way to beating/living with PC and it has been reported it is often a disease men die WITH rather than FROM, so everyone out there needs to focus and be positive.

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   Posted 6/25/2008 7:01 AM (GMT -6)   
I've enjoyed a flower and vegetable gardening obsession for many years to keep my mind occupied, and I ran a small perennial plant nursery for a few years in the 1980's. Working with living plants, everyday going through their birth and death cycles is what keeps me both mentally and physically alive. My job is to keep both them as well as myself alive and well, and I can completely escape into nature this way. I naturally see my own body just as theirs: getting diseased, getting old, getting weaker. It's so comforting just being part of the cycle of life.

It's been alot tougher getting working this spring, as my body tries to limber up once again. I had a little depression after my diagnosis, and I noticed I was planting fewer seeds, but then spring came on bright and warm, my spirit awakens, and the cycle begins again. Last years drought didn't really kill my little babies, and they return once more.

I really think it's alot easier for us old timers to accept that cancer is part of our recycling process, and we flow with it in more relaxed ways. I have no fear of life nor death, and see no reason to.

charley/70/east tenn

Pre-Diagnostic PSA record, begun 1995 at age 58..... now 70:
1995 - 1.2, 1997 - 1.7, 1998 - 1.4, 1999 - 1.7, 2000 - 3.4, 2001 - 2.0,
2002 - 4.6 on 6/6, 4.1 on 7/24, 3.5 on 10/1 at urologist's office
2003 - 2.3, 2004 - 2.7, 2005 - 3.2 on 7/15, 2006 - no test????
2007 - 5.8 on 2/5, 5.7 on 6/16
2008 - 10.4 on 2/29, 8.8 on 4/21 --- Scheduled biopsy for 5/6/2008. On a graph, the PSA rise looks exponential, i.e. a growth function.

5/22/2008 -- Results of biopsy
4 of 12 cores show adenocarcinoma:
LLM - Gleason 3+3=6, PTI=10%, LM - Gleason 3+3=6, PTI=2%
LLA - Gleason 3+4=7, PTI=25%, LA - Gleason 3+3=6, PTI=20%
Clinical Stage: T2a
RLB - There is focal acute prostatitis
LLM - There is focal perineural invasion
LLA - There is focal perineural invasion
Partin Table:
OC - 33%, CP - 52%, SV+ -10%, LN - 4%
No treatment selected yet.....

Johnny Canuck
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   Posted 6/25/2008 7:57 AM (GMT -6)   
My turn, I guess...
about a week before my PCa announcement, I met with HR at work...I had asked for a new chair and they told me that with my back condition, I could get a really nice one if I had a doctor's note.

As soon as they read it, they sent me home and I am now off on disability and pensioned off. I told them if we opened that door, we'd have to walk through, but nobody listens.

That has given me the opportunity to deal with my cancer, help my back out, and we're now moving closer to my wife's work. It's all about selling the house, buying another, packing, and all the fun that goes with it. I figure in my new place, I'm going to fiddle with an ebay business and finish that great Canadian novel.

Meanwhile, I'm also a housefrau, and try to keep the 16 yr old son on the straight and narrow.

All in all, life's ok...generally I only think about the PCa when I have to pee...again.
Age: 54
Gleason Score: 3+3=6
PSA: 3.33
Biopsy:7/8 Positive
Stage: "Bulky" T1c
Prostate Size: 27cc
Diagnosed: December 05, 2007
Brachytherapy: February 26, 2008
68 seeds, (Iodine 125). 
Walk my path at:

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   Posted 6/25/2008 11:48 AM (GMT -6)   
Well, either I'm too stupid to worry about it, or I am in total denial. My wife worries about it all the time, but I just took the surgery as something that needed to be done. We got it done and now it's over. I have not had a particularly easy recovery, but even as I fight incontinence every freakin' day, I don't really associate it with cancer. It is like a sports injury that is taking a long time to heal. I am only angry at myself becasue I cannot turn this flippin' valve off.

I work, I garden, I coach my daughter's soccer team, I watch too much TV and wish I read more. But worry about cancer? It really has not crossed my mind.
Age: 52
March 2006: PSA 2.5
Dec 2007:   PSA taken for insurance application. I did not see the results until late Jan '08 - after I was rejected. Their lab said PSA 4.5. PSA again in Feb '08: 3.7.
March 2008: Biopsy. Gleason 7 (4+3) 12 cores taken. 5 on the left side were cancerous and the 6th did not look good.
May 5, 2008: Da Vinci robotic laparoscopy at GW Hospital, Washington DC.
Post op: Gleason 9 (4+5). 15% of prostate involved. Negative margins. Lymph nodes and associated glands all appear to be cancer free.

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   Posted 6/25/2008 12:21 PM (GMT -6)   
Good question.  Not sure that in my case, I have a good answer.
I check the HW board every day, so that alone tells me I am thinking about PCa.
I do not stress over it like I did pre-op, but I know it is a serious situation that could return.
I am still slightly incontinent (perhaps I always will be) and dealing with ED, so Viagra, pumping and injecting are part of my routine.
I try to stay positive and enjoy life.  I golf when I can, fish now and then and try to walk every day unless the weather is bad.  The sunshine and fresh air are good for me, not just physically but emotionally.
I will be going on a fishing trip to Alaska in late July and hope that will be great therapy for me, as well.
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

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   Posted 6/25/2008 5:39 PM (GMT -6)   
HI Bama. It has been over a year since my surgery. Several friends suggested I retire (again) but I have found I need to work to keep this off my mind and stay busy. But I still think about it every day. I look at Healing Well every day and respond sometimes. But, time can heal most wounds, and would like to get this totally behind me, and hope that time comes someday.

age at dx 54 now 56
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

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   Posted 6/26/2008 8:17 PM (GMT -6)   

Bama Coast,

Thanks for asking this question as I was wondering the same thing. I have been doing gardening and landscaping around the house. Also running daily and in the gym for weights three times a week. Even managed to do some woodworking. The woodworking is good for keeping the mind as well as the body occupied. Still, in the evening, I can't help but think about the future and what it may be like with this disease.

I lived in Mobile for 17 years before moving to the northwest. Great area of the country and good fishing off of Orange Beach.

I get my fiducial seeds implanted tomorrow and start the radiation in a week or two.


Diagnosed 04/10/08
Age 58
PSA 21.5 (first and only test resulted from follow up visit to emergency room for kidney stone. first time for kidney stone too)
Gleason 4 + 3
DRE palpable tumor on left side
100% of 12 cores positive for PCa range 35% to 85%
Bone scan clear
Chest x ray clear
CT scan shows potential lymph node involvement in pelvic region
Started Casodex on May 2 and stopped on June 1, 2008
Lupron injection on May 15 and every four months for next two years
Starting IMRT/IGRT on July 7, 2008. 45 treatments scheduled

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