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anniea
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Date Joined May 2007
Total Posts : 234
   Posted 6/24/2008 11:27 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Everyone,
 
I have great news we went to the uroligst today and Rick accepted a 45mg shot of eligard, I am so thrilled.  I think all of the prayers and best wishes you have all sent our way have arrived at last. Thank you All.  Now my friends I need to learn about hormone therapy. He got a 6 month shot.
 
Thanks
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
04/28/08 PSA 0.6
06/18/2008 PSA 0.74


biker90
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Date Joined Nov 2006
Total Posts : 1464
   Posted 6/24/2008 11:31 PM (GMT -6)   
Hey Diana,

Great news! I'm sure that relieves your mind. Brighter days ahead...

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."


IdahoSurvivor
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Date Joined Aug 2007
Total Posts : 1015
   Posted 6/24/2008 11:58 PM (GMT -6)   
Wow Diana!
 
What wonderful news!  We are so very happy for you and Rick! 
 
May this treatment be a great blessing for your family.
 
I know those with hormone treatment experience will "chime in" and help you.
 
All the best, 

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

4th PSA  06/17/2008  <0.04

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


livinadream
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Date Joined Apr 2008
Total Posts : 1382
   Posted 6/25/2008 5:08 AM (GMT -6)   
Hormone therapy has some interesting side effects, but nothing you can't live with. The most noticable will be a lack of libido and hot flashes. I am so glad to hear Rick took a shot at this, and who knows God works in mysterious ways this just might be the answer you have been looking for.

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%
 


BillyMac
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Date Joined Feb 2008
Total Posts : 1858
   Posted 6/25/2008 6:34 AM (GMT -6)   
Hey there, Anniea, way to go. Your love and perseverance has paid dividends. Here's to your man Rick being on the up from now on.
Bill
1/05 PSA----2.9 3/06-----3.2 3/07-------4.1 5/07------3.9 All negative DREs
Aged 59 when diagnosed
Biopsy 6/07----4 of 10 cores positive for Adenocarcinoma-------bummer!
Core 1 <5%, core 2----50%, core 3----60%, core 4----50%
Biopsy Pathologist's comment:
Gleason 4+3=7 (80% grade 4) Stage T2c
Neither extracapsular nor perineural invasion is identified
CT scan and Bone scan show no evidence of metastases
Da Vinci RP Aug 10th 2007
Post-op pathology:
Positive for perineural invasion and 1 small focal extension
Negative at surgical margins, negative node and negative vesicle involvement
Some 4+4=8 identified ........upgraded to Gleason 8
PSA Oct 07 <0.1 undetectable
PSA Jan 08 <0.1 undetectable
PSA April 08 <0.1 undetectable


dutchy
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Date Joined Jun 2007
Total Posts : 75
   Posted 6/25/2008 7:44 AM (GMT -6)   
That's the way to go! Great, am glad he decided to go ahead with the HT. As for the side effects, it's really ok. As mentioned already, hot flashes and loss of libido are the main side effects. Don't worry if he doesn't lose his libido immediately, it can take a couple of months, so enjoy while it lasts. My husband is often in considerable pain the day after the injection but this normally lasts only a day or so.

Have you discussed with your specialist whether your husband should get Zometa for his bones? Cheers and good luck, 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


lawink
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Date Joined Oct 2006
Total Posts : 621
   Posted 6/25/2008 8:18 AM (GMT -6)   
Wow Diana

This is good news indeed . . .can only imagine how relieved you must feel. Rick is still on the winning side of this disease and we are cheering for your both.

;o) Linda & Bob
Bob (62) - Laproscopic Prostate Removal Sept 27, 2006 at age 60.
2 of 12 malignant biopsy samples - gleason 3 + 3 = 6.
Pathology - Gleeson 3 + 4; stage T2; cancer completely contained, even a second more aggressive, previously undetected cancer) PSA UNDETECTABLE Nov 2006; Feb, May, Oct 2007; May 2008.  WHOOO HOOOO! 
Bob also has two secondary conditions -- Polycythemia (elevated red & white cells & platelets) and . . Myelofibrosis) -- If anyone has experience with or information on these, please email us.


Tony Crispino
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Date Joined Dec 2006
Total Posts : 8128
   Posted 6/25/2008 8:18 AM (GMT -6)   
Awesome!  And the PSA now will drop! Great news for our Annie A.
Give Rick our best! I am very happy for you Diana.
 
Tony
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
Visit my Journey at:
And at:
 
STAY POSITIVE!
 
Prostate Cancer Forum Moderator


DanmanBob
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Date Joined Feb 2008
Total Posts : 467
   Posted 6/25/2008 8:45 AM (GMT -6)   

anniea,

I am very happy to learn of this news.

I hope things move in a positive direction for your husband!!!

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


sterd82
Regular Member


Date Joined Sep 2006
Total Posts : 187
   Posted 6/25/2008 8:53 PM (GMT -6)   
That's great news indeed!

The hot flashes kicked in for me just about 2 months into ht --- same for loss of libido. My wife and daughter told me I was acttual a bit easier to get along with on HT! More patient --- not much temper. This may sound weird, but my wife joked that for birthday/Chirstmas shopping for her improved greatly as well --- not making this up!

All in all, not all that bad of experience. It took about 6 months after the therepy ended for the side effects to dissapear. Not hot flashes, lidido back in full, and a much shorter fuse (our daughter is 16 and I love here beyond words, but Dad's of teenage girls can sure relate to the shorter fuse these days).

AND...even though hormone therepay is not technically considered curative, my doc has had several patients that had a permanent response to ht and never went back on it again. So happy further treatment is in place --- needed to happen! Good luck!
Sterd82
Age 47 - pre-surgery PSA 39
Open Radical Prostatectomy 6/9/2006
Pathological Stage T3a, Positive Surgical Margin
Gleason 3+4
PSA rose to .24 in November of 2006
6 month hormone therapy initiated December 1. 2006
36 sessions of IMRT Ended Feb 1, 2007
PSA as of May 25, 2007 undetectable
PSA as of November 29, 2007 undetectable
PSA as of May 14, 2008 undetectable
Next PSA November of 2008


myman
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Date Joined Feb 2007
Total Posts : 1219
   Posted 6/26/2008 9:42 AM (GMT -6)   
I CAN imagine your relief! That's good news.
HT is treatment for quite a few guys here so you'll find lots of feedback on it.
As a wife I'll just say this:
Don't be surprised if Rick may have days where he says he's sorry he made this decision (remember, he IS receiving hormone therapy) that's completely normal and he'll move past that. It is an adjustment and for some, not always easy. Rick will learn to deal with this - you both will.
I'm happy he's giving himself this opportunity to live.

I wish you both the best,
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


anniea
Regular Member


Date Joined May 2007
Total Posts : 234
   Posted 6/26/2008 11:12 PM (GMT -6)   

Hi Everyone,

Thank you all so much for all your prayers, hopes, warm wishes and caring. So far he has had 0 reaction to this shot, I hope it continues.

 

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
04/28/08 PSA 0.6
06/18/2008 PSA 0.74
06/24/08 45 mg Eligard 6 mo shot

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