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SHU93
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Date Joined Aug 2008
Total Posts : 328
   Posted 10/2/2008 9:57 AM (GMT -6)   
Do I get the Flu Shot or not? I havent in the past, figured based on my age did not think it was necessary.
 
Thought it was more geared toward people much younger and older.
 
But since being diagonsed should I get? Real Question that I am concerned about would getting the flu increase chances of reoccurence?
 
Thanks, LIVESTRONG!
 
Age Dx 37, 7/2008
First PSA : 4.17 5/2008
Second PSA After 2 weeks of antibiotics : 3.9 6/2008
DRE: Negative 5/2008
Biopsy : 6 out 12 Postive all on right side, Gleason 7 (3+4).
Bone Scan/CAT Scan: Clear 7/2008
Cystoscope: Normal 7/2008
Prostate MRI: Normal 7/2008
Da Vinci Surgery 7/2008
PostOp: T2c (On Both sides), margins clear, seminal clear, nodes, clear. Gleason 6(3+3).
First PostOp PSA 9/2008: <0.01
2nd PSA 12/2008: Praying for <0.01
 


Tony Crispino
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Date Joined Dec 2006
Total Posts : 8128
   Posted 10/2/2008 10:36 AM (GMT -6)   
Interesting question.

I don't know how to answer that except point out my experience. I used to be the guy that looked at someboby with a cold or flu and I got it too. Since I had a severe cold just before surgery, and have only been ill once since. I don't know if the HT does this, or the fact that my body isn't loaded with a cancerous prostate anymore, but no colds or flus.

On the other hand, the HT and heredity shot my blood pressure through the roof over the last year and a half. Once to the point I needed to go to the emergency room. While I have that under control not, I guess the flu was less dangerous.

My suggestion? Get the shot. No reason to fight a flu if you don't have to.

Tony
Age 46 (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, Extra Prostatic Extension (EPE)
Bilateral seminal vesicle invasion (SVI); Stage pT3b, N0, Mx
HT began in May, '07 with Lupron and Casodex 50mg (2 Year ADT)
IMRT radiation for 38 Treatments ending August 3, '07
Current PSA (September 17 '08): <0.1 ~ Undetectable!
 
You can visit my Journey at:
 
STAY POSITIVE!
 
 


Banker
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Date Joined Sep 2008
Total Posts : 30
   Posted 10/2/2008 11:11 AM (GMT -6)   
Yes, you should get the shot. It will protect you from this year's influenza virus. The flu, not just a cold, is a miserable illness and is responsible for killing a sizeble number of people every year. Now, please understand that the flu shot may not prevent you from getting colds or virsues that are not addresseed in the flu vaccine. The flu shot will protect you from the strain of the flu represented in the vaccine. You will do yourself a great favor by increasing your resistence to this year's flu. As always, check with the medical provider giving the shot. But under most instances, the recommendation is to get the shot. Best.
born 1952
diagnosed with HIV 2001
PSA--ranged from 2-7
2 previous biopsies-all negative
diagnosed with prostate cancer:Sept 30, 2008
Gleason Score 3+4=7
 


Steve n Dallas
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Date Joined Mar 2008
Total Posts : 4829
   Posted 10/2/2008 11:23 AM (GMT -6)   
I got the shot this past weekend. Nurse said having had PC surgery wasn't an issue.
 
 
FYI - got my shot at Tom Thumb/Safeway grocery store.
$28.00 for the shot and you get 10% everything in your shopping cart. (not counting beer and smokes)
Age 53   - 5'11'   205lbs
Overall Heath Condition - Good
PSA - July 07 & Jan 08 -> 1.3
Gleason - 6
(biopsy done March 4, 2008-> 2 of 12)
 
06/25/08 - Da Vinci robotic laparoscopy


califguy
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Date Joined Sep 2008
Total Posts : 72
   Posted 10/2/2008 10:07 PM (GMT -6)   
Since I work in a large medical facility, administration strongly suggests we get a flu shot. I asked my UCSF doctor about it and he felt I should get it. The healthier I stay, the easier it is for my body to fight off other stuff.

Don't get discouraged!!
CalifGuy
 
3+4=7 gleason
7.5 PSA
4 out of 20 biopsies were cancerous
daVinci Robotic surgery July 24, 2008
Univ of Calif San Francisco Med Center  Dr Peter Carroll
In hospital 2 nights altho I had option of leaving the next day but stayed due to distance home.
Contained in prostate, not spread
Six weeks post surgery PSA less than .01


SHU93
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Date Joined Aug 2008
Total Posts : 328
   Posted 10/3/2008 5:30 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanks Califguy, we had surgery on same day, mine on East Coast you on West Coast!
Age Dx 37, 7/2008
First PSA : 4.17 5/2008
Second PSA After 2 weeks of antibiotics : 3.9 6/2008
DRE: Negative 5/2008
Biopsy : 6 out 12 Postive all on right side, Gleason 7 (3+4).
Bone Scan/CAT Scan: Clear 7/2008
Cystoscope: Normal 7/2008
Prostate MRI: Normal 7/2008
Da Vinci Surgery 7/2008
PostOp: T2c (On Both sides), margins clear, seminal clear, nodes, clear. Gleason 6(3+3).
First PostOp PSA 9/2008: <0.01
2nd PSA 12/2008: Praying for <0.01
 


Banker
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Date Joined Sep 2008
Total Posts : 30
   Posted 10/3/2008 5:40 AM (GMT -6)   
Amen, Califguy. Your doc is right. Flu shots are very important to get. I am glad this thread of notes is here. Some people think they should not get a shot, or that it will make them sick, or that it is for other people. The flu shot is right for everybody, especially for those of us with compromised health conditions like prostate cancer. Flu shots are available now in most states. It's a great idea for folks here to go get one. As per always, check with the medical person administering the test or your doc to make sure that it is ok. In most instances, people should get them. (and, nope, i don't work for the flu vaccine company!!)
born 1952
diagnosed with HIV 2001
PSA--ranged from 2-7
2 previous biopsies-all negative
diagnosed with prostate cancer:Sept 30, 2008
Gleason Score 3+4=7
 

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