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dutchy
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Date Joined Jun 2007
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   Posted 7/6/2008 10:58 PM (GMT -6)   
I thought we were done with the bad news and we were starting to relax a bit. Than my husband got a silent heart attack this afternoon. We're still awaiting test results, my husband feels fine. It is just so disheartening to have to deal with another medical problem. 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


Doting Daughter
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Date Joined Aug 2007
Total Posts : 1064
   Posted 7/6/2008 11:04 PM (GMT -6)   

I am so sorry to hear the news.  Please keep us posted and we will be thinking of you both. 

BTW- I am use to a lot of rain in Seattle, but you guys definitely need a break.  I wish I could share my umbrella. 

 

Doting sad


[color=#000fe0>DX]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
July 3, 08 PSA .02
Praying for a cured dad.

Co-Moderator Prostate Cancer Forum

Post Edited (Doting Daughter) : 7/7/2008 8:12:24 AM (GMT-6)


Swimom
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Total Posts : 1732
   Posted 7/6/2008 11:08 PM (GMT -6)   
We're certainly think of you both right now Dutchy. We've had many a rain storm as well. I wish you both comfort and peace and all the hugs cyber space can send your way.

swim
 


BillyMac
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Total Posts : 1858
   Posted 7/7/2008 12:50 AM (GMT -6)   
What a bummer. I see from your signature that the PSA readings are going very well and now a problem with the old ticker comes along. I trust that in a few weeks we'll be reading that this was just another of life's hurdles he has cleared. Best wishes,
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


Roger G
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Date Joined Apr 2008
Total Posts : 150
   Posted 7/7/2008 2:33 PM (GMT 0)   
If you whistle a little bit, the rain will not seem as bad.  I hope there are some clear skies the forecast soon for the two of you.
 
ps.  I'm really starting to not like this getting old portion of life

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.
 


norskie
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Date Joined Jan 2007
Total Posts : 376
   Posted 7/7/2008 8:44 AM (GMT -6)   
Wishing you the best and hoping for good test results, hang in there as the rain will let up and the sun will shine.

Norskie
norskie
Age 49, PSA 6.22 on 9-26-06
Biopsy 11-01-06, 2 of 13 cores 10% cancer, 2 other cores abnormal Up-dated 20% prostate cancerous
Gleason score 3+3=6 After Surgery Pathology report 4+3=7 a couple agressive Grade 5 cells found
Da Vinci surgery 01-09-07 UW Madison
Pathology Report- cancer 100 % capsual contained 1-18-07
1st & 2nd Post PSA Blood Test .1 and less - Undetectable
3nd Post PSA Blood Test 01-17-07 .3
March 27th PSA .4 Begin Salvage Radiation April, 14 2008
Incontenence-Pad free since end of May 07 4 1/2 months post surgery 
ED back to 95% prior to surgery - no medication required.


biker90
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Total Posts : 1464
   Posted 7/7/2008 8:48 AM (GMT -6)   
Hey Dutchy,

Sometimes bad things come in bunches. All we can do is take one day at at ime and do the next indicated task always looking forward to a better day. Good luck and stay positive...

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
Lung cancer dxed on 5/16/08.  Surgery on 6/25/08  T1N1M0 - Stage IIA
"Patience is essential, attitude is everything."


IdahoSurvivor
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Date Joined Aug 2007
Total Posts : 1015
   Posted 7/7/2008 2:43 PM (GMT -6)   

Hey Dutchy,

I hope this is just a little bump in the road and the tests come back with nothing major on his heart.

Kind regards,


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


myman
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Date Joined Feb 2007
Total Posts : 1219
   Posted 7/7/2008 3:39 PM (GMT -6)   
Dutchy,

So very sorry to hear of your husbands health issues, it's a good sign he's feeling well, though.
Wishing you the best results on those tests,

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


Gordy
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Date Joined Jun 2005
Total Posts : 528
   Posted 7/7/2008 6:22 PM (GMT -6)   
Dutchy-

I'm very sorry to hear your latest news. Yes, it's disheartening, but you have to keep a stiff upper lip and try to stay strong.

Wishing you both strength and peace.

-Les
1/2005 Dx PSA 26.5 Gleason 7 (4+3) @Age 61
1/2005 Start Casodex and Zoladex
PSA drops to <0.01
7/2005-8/2005 5 weeks of IMRT and then HDR brachy
1/2007 Rad Oncologist orders CT scan of pelvis
because of complaints of pain in both thighs
MRI confirms pain not caused by cancer BUT
1/2007 CT scan of pelvis picks up a nodule at bottom of left lung
5/2007 CT scan of lungs shows 1/2007 nodule has grown and
there are numerous nodules on both lungs.
6/2007 Thoracic surgeon removes wedge of left lung for biopsy
6/2007 Path report says 95% chance of metastatic PCa, but she's
never seen cells like this before.
8/2007 2nd opinion at M.D. Anderson in Houston.
They confirm: mutated PCa, very rare, but seen there 2 or
3 times. Recommendation: have CT scans every 6 weeks
and watch for change. At that point start chemo and will
survive for 22 - 24 months thereafter.
PSA still undetectable, but get Lupron shot to bring T down from 27
2/2008 Trip to Houston – PSA now 0.5 and nodules larger. Lupron shot.
6/2008 Trip to Houston - Finally got results from doc. A number of lung nodules have grown, but, more important to him, is the fact that the malignant lesion on my pelvis seems to have flared up and he wants me to start chemo. He said I could wait a few months, but I told him I want to start now. He to get me signed up for a clinical trial in nearby NY.


livinadream
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Total Posts : 1382
   Posted 7/7/2008 6:55 PM (GMT -6)   
I to am thinking of you guys and hoping for many years of peace, love and happiness. I always say "where there is hope there is life", so please even when things seem to be at their darkest there is always a glimmer of hope and that is what I always encourage people to latch on to. Life is a bumpy road, however the friends here are at HW can be your shock absorbers. Stay strong and I hope he gets well soon.

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%
 


jetguy
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Date Joined Sep 2006
Total Posts : 741
   Posted 7/7/2008 7:26 PM (GMT -6)   

Dear Dutchy,

I really hate this for you.  How discouraging.  One thing after another.  When it rains it pours, indeed.  I just read your post and signature to my wife and she was dumb struck.  It reminded us of one time when one of our children was very ill.  We just stood in the kitchen and hugged each other and cried and cried.  The kid got better.  Maybe the same will happen to you.

Best,

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.


dutchy
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Date Joined Jun 2007
Total Posts : 75
   Posted 7/7/2008 9:08 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks to all for the warm replies, it's like a warm bath.

My husband is an extraordinary man and he is an exceptional person in many respects. We love each other deeply. Although the heart attack is a setback, we're not beat. We continue to have good faith that we will have many good times ahead of us. We're moving to Europe, and I'm looking forward to seeing him the continent I'm from.

The treatment for his heart could interfere with the treatment for the cancers and we're awaiting a discussion with the oncology/cardiology teams on what the options and the risks are: knowledge is power! For the time being, we're betting on the release date from the hospital, :) Cheers, 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


VaFan
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Date Joined Mar 2008
Total Posts : 203
   Posted 7/8/2008 7:42 PM (GMT -6)   
Dutchy,

Just wanted to let you know we are thinking of you and hoping the best for y'all.
Age 51 Kent Cindy 49
January 08 PSA 5.2 round of antibiotics went to 4.3
February 08 another round of antibiotics went to 4.2
March 17,08 had biopsy, 2 days later told cancer was on
one entire side of prostate.
Gleason 3+3
Doctor thinks its best to get the whole prostate with Perineal  Prostatectomy.
Surgery scheduled for this Thursday April 10th. Only took 1 1/2 hours. In recovery 1 hour.  Both nerves were spared.
Home 4-11. Cath out 4-22. Incision looks completly healed on the outside by 4-25.  Incontinence "a thing of the past" as of 5-28
lst PSA 0.04 June 3. YAY!!!
viagra up to 100 a day and feeling some change. Keep our fingers crossed.

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