Prostate Cancer at age 50

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aspen4
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   Posted 12/8/2008 5:17 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello to all on this board.
Just want to share my short journey thus far with advanced prostate cancer.
I was diagnosed in Feb. this year with advanced prostate cancer. PSA was 344 Gleason score was 7. Have been on Lupron and Casodex since March. Last week my PSA came back at a .3. I seem to be responding to the therapy. Have been to MD Anderson twice this tear for CT scans and bone scans. All negagtive for bone mets. Will continue to go to MD Anderson every 6 months for scans and continue to see my Urologist every 3 months for the Lupron. I'm convinvced that this disease is getting a lot of attention and that men will be able to outlive this disease in the very near future. I wish all of us well in their own journey.

Patrick07
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   Posted 12/8/2008 6:18 PM (GMT -6)   
I would like ask what is your TNM Stage. Are you going to have surgery in addition to hormone therapy...possiblibly radiation? Possibly you could provide more information. As you know, you're seeing an excellent doctor. I too hope you outlive this cancer.
I wish you all the best.
First Diagnoised: 12/03/05
Biopsy: Gleason 9
RRP Surgery: 12/15/05
Radiation Therapy: May thru June '06
Current PSA: .05
Diagnosis: T3b Seminal Vesicle Involvement
               Gleason 5+4 Both Lobes


nathon
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   Posted 12/9/2008 6:36 AM (GMT -6)   
Which type of cancer he have?

aspen4
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   Posted 12/9/2008 4:45 PM (GMT -6)   

The Doctor at MD Anderson told me that in my situation that Radiation would occur in maybe 8-12 years. The caner is in my lymph nodes but have since swelled down to 1 cm from 3cm in FEB. of this year. As far my prognosis goes, the hormone therapy is the frist line defense the Doctors want to go with.....and when the therapy begins to fail, maybe radiation. Because of my age they want me to maintain as normal a life as possible.

I appreciate all the info this board has to offer to people like myself. It sucks that we have to endur this problem but it is not the end of all. I truly believe that.


dkob131
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   Posted 12/9/2008 6:02 PM (GMT -6)   

Aspen:  Who is your Doctor at M.D. Anderson, the reason I ask is I am going down there next week for a second opinion on my situation which I will explain on this sight when I return.  The Dr. I am seeing is Dr. Aruajo, he was recommended by another poster on this board Gordy.

 

David


 54 y.o.
 Diagnosed 4/10/08
 DRE Normal
 PSA-5.5
 Biopsy- 12 cores, 4 positive highest 4+4=8
 Bone scan, CT scan and Chest X-ray clear 4/16/08
 Urologist suggested surgery 4/16/08
 MRI on 4/24/08 clear no suggestion of lymph node   involvement.
 4/24/08 -Started on Lupron and Casodex preparing for HBRT and IMRT in late July.  This treatment will not preclude me from surgery if I change my mind.
Decide to have DaVinci surgery after another consult with surgeon.
6/19/08- DaVinci surgery at University of Washington.
6/25/08- Path report, clear margins, no noted extension
9/12/08- PSA <0.02 


aspen4
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   Posted 12/9/2008 6:34 PM (GMT -6)   
That's him. IMO He is the best.

dkob131
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   Posted 12/9/2008 6:58 PM (GMT -6)   

I've heard that from Gordy also.  You're flying down there on a regular basis, does he handle all of your care?

 

David  

 

 


 54 y.o.
 Diagnosed 4/10/08
 DRE Normal
 PSA-5.5
 Biopsy- 12 cores, 4 positive highest 4+4=8
 Bone scan, CT scan and Chest X-ray clear 4/16/08
 Urologist suggested surgery 4/16/08
 MRI on 4/24/08 clear no suggestion of lymph node   involvement.
 4/24/08 -Started on Lupron and Casodex preparing for HBRT and IMRT in late July.  This treatment will not preclude me from surgery if I change my mind.
Decide to have DaVinci surgery after another consult with surgeon.
6/19/08- DaVinci surgery at University of Washington.
6/25/08- Path report, clear margins, no noted extension
9/12/08- PSA <0.02 
12/05/08-PSA <0.02 Six months after surgery 


aspen4
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Date Joined Dec 2008
Total Posts : 59
   Posted 12/10/2008 5:07 PM (GMT -6)   

I travel to MD Anderson every 6 months for CT Scans and a Bone Scan and a visit with the Dr. at Md Anderson. I see my Urologist every 3 months for the Lupron shot and to discuss what is going on. MD Anderson and my Urologist are on the same page as far as the thereapy goes. Both Drs. have said that this disease is different for each person and that there will be different approaches taken as needed. Kinda like a medicine chest. They did say that research is improving and that there is a wealth of "stuff" out there for all of us. I have chosen to take an agressive approach to this disease by seeing my Drs. often. I hopr this helps everyone who reads this.

Where are you staying in Houston?


dkob131
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Date Joined Apr 2008
Total Posts : 364
   Posted 12/10/2008 9:25 PM (GMT -6)   

Aspen:

I tried to stay at The Rotary House but it is full so I'm staying down the street at The Holiday Inn Suites.  It's three to four blocks from M.D. Anderson apparently.

 

David


 54 y.o.
 Diagnosed 4/10/08
 DRE Normal
 PSA-5.5
 Biopsy- 12 cores, 4 positive highest 4+4=8
 Bone scan, CT scan and Chest X-ray clear 4/16/08
 Urologist suggested surgery 4/16/08
 MRI on 4/24/08 clear no suggestion of lymph node   involvement.
 4/24/08 -Started on Lupron and Casodex preparing for HBRT and IMRT in late July.  This treatment will not preclude me from surgery if I change my mind.
Decide to have DaVinci surgery after another consult with surgeon.
6/19/08- DaVinci surgery at University of Washington.
6/25/08- Path report, clear margins, no noted extension
9/12/08- PSA <0.02 
12/05/08-PSA <0.02 Six months after surgery 


aspen4
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Date Joined Dec 2008
Total Posts : 59
   Posted 12/11/2008 4:10 PM (GMT -6)   

Did you say that this was your first visit to MD Anderson. I would like to hear from others who have made the trip there and hear how about their experience. The hospital is one of a kind.

We do stay at the Rotary house. It is much easier. I am familiar with the area in and around the hospital. 


dkob131
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Date Joined Apr 2008
Total Posts : 364
   Posted 12/12/2008 8:34 AM (GMT -6)   

Yes I tried directly to Rotary House and then tried to make reservations thru the travel department thinking they might be holding a few rooms but neither worked.

I'll check with them when I get down there to see if they have had any cancellations.  It sounds like its much easier if you stay at Rotary.

 

David


 54 y.o.
 Diagnosed 4/10/08
 DRE Normal
 PSA-5.5
 Biopsy- 12 cores, 4 positive highest 4+4=8
 Bone scan, CT scan and Chest X-ray clear 4/16/08
 Urologist suggested surgery 4/16/08
 MRI on 4/24/08 clear no suggestion of lymph node   involvement.
 4/24/08 -Started on Lupron and Casodex preparing for HBRT and IMRT in late July.  This treatment will not preclude me from surgery if I change my mind.
Decide to have DaVinci surgery after another consult with surgeon.
6/19/08- DaVinci surgery at University of Washington.
6/25/08- Path report, clear margins, no noted extension
9/12/08- PSA <0.02 
12/05/08-PSA <0.02 Six months after surgery 

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