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Tony1951
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Date Joined Jul 2008
Total Posts : 50
   Posted 12/22/2008 8:30 PM (GMT -7)   
 
Tomorrow I have two IMRTs (6 hours apart) and then on Wednesday I have one and I'll be through with this phase of treatment.  I'm still taking Zoladex shots and while the oncologist said he'd like to see me taking the shots for 2 years, he would like for me to take them for at least one year.  He says that with my gleason scores placing me between intermediate and high risk, he would rather treat me as high risk.  I don't know if it's the radiation, the zoladex, the cancer or just wrapping my head around what is happening, but for whatever reason I feel tired (1-10 I'd guess 4 on weak) and just through.  I understand that with the cancer cells greatly differentiated from normal cells, they are high risk, but if the HT and RT destroy the cancer, they what meaning does high risk have?  For me this entire mess is like sitting on a time bomb and the most you can hope for is that it stops ticking now and then.
 
Really sorry not being more upbeat -- I wish everyone a happy and healthy holiday season.
 
Tony2
Name: Tony  Born: 1951
Diagnosed PCA 7/23/2008;  Prostate Volume 19 grams
Cancer Location: Right Mid and Right Apex 2 of 12 cores positive
Percentage of tissue involves 14%  Gleason 3+4=7 4+4=8
PSA levels  6/08/08 7.7;  6/30/08 6.8
Began HT Zoladex 8/26/2008
As of 9/11/08 I am waiting to start IMRT IGRT
September 23, 2008 after one month of Zoladex PSA 2.83
Testosterone 16.
 
October 22, 2008: First day of IMRT.  I am receiving 1.8 grays per day over a period of 43 days.


DJBearGuy
Veteran Member


Date Joined Dec 2008
Total Posts : 688
   Posted 12/22/2008 9:12 PM (GMT -7)   
Tony2,

Thanks for the update. Here's hoping you're treatments go well. Please be sure to keep your doc updated with how you're feeling, physically and mentally. Hang in there.

DJ
DJ

Age 53
PSA 2007 about 2
PSA 2008 4.3
Diagnosed September 2008.
Biopsy: 6 of 12 cores positive
Gleason 4+3 = 7
CT and Bone scan negative
Da Vinci surgery at City of Hope December 8, 2008
Radical prostatectomy and lymph node dissection
Catheter removed on 7th day, replaced on 8th day
pT2c
lymph nodes negative
"microscopic margins"


Tony Crispino
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Date Joined Dec 2006
Total Posts : 8128
   Posted 12/23/2008 1:15 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Tony,
DJ is right, make sure you report everything you feel.
My surgeon and oncologists felt that we needed to treat my 4+3 as high risk in my case as well. So I understand why yours did. Have you had any PSA updates? And make sure you are exercizing, even just walking. My hormone drug brought on fatigue to me as well. As did my radiation, but it wasn't too much. What was too much was worrying about what my disease might do. I have let that one just go. There is no time bomb and life is good! Stay Positive!

Hang in there, buddy. Peace!

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!
 
 


Purgatory
Elite Member


Date Joined Oct 2008
Total Posts : 25353
   Posted 12/23/2008 6:01 AM (GMT -7)   
Tony2, with what you describe for current treatment, feeling tired would be fairly accepted. You are going through a lot of treatment, and you are taking it in stride. My hat is off to you. Hope you feel better and can enjoy the holiday.

David in SC
Age 56, 56 at DX
 
PSA 2007 5.8
PSA 9-2008 14.9
 
3rd Biopsy 9-2008 Positive
7 of 7 cores positive, ranging from 40 - 90%
2 tumours noted, Gleason 4+3 and 3+4
 
Open RP surgery completed on Friday, November 14, 2008 at
St. Francis Hospital, Greenville, SC, Dr. Ronald Smith - Surgeon,
Non-nerve sparing, 4 days in hospital, staples removed 11/24/8,
Catheter out on 12/15/8 on day 32.  Day 33, urine stopped flowing, new catheter put in 12/16/08 - uncertain of what went wrong.
 
Post-surgery Pathlogy Report:
Gleason 3+4=7, pT2c pN0 pMx, Prostate 42 grams, tumor 20% cancer
Contained in capsular, neg. margins apex, bladder neck, right lobe, neg. in seminal vessels and lymph nodes. Left lobe: infiltrating tumor miscroscopically appears to extend to marked left posterior margin
 
First PSA Post Surgery  Scheduled for 1/5/9
 
 


livinadream
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Date Joined Apr 2008
Total Posts : 1382
   Posted 12/24/2008 11:11 AM (GMT -7)   
Hey Tony thanks for expressing your feelings with us. It is what family is, we need you and hopefully you need us. I think your doctor is right on target treating the cancer as high risk because that is exactly what it is. I can't say much about it being a ticking time bomb because I do not think it is. Tony in LV mentioned exercise and I to think that is very important as is keeping yourself mentally occupied. Being spiritually and emotionally healthy sure helps promote physical health so do not take it for granted. I do not see any reason why you will not be around for years to come. Enjoy life my friend we only have one to live. Merry Christmas and remember this is the season for HOPE.

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
PSA July 24th, 2008 is 0.04
PSA Dec 16th, 2008 is .06
Testosterone keeps rising, the current number is 156, up from 57 in May
cancer in 4 of 6 cores
92%
80%
37%
28%
 


divo
Veteran Member


Date Joined Jul 2008
Total Posts : 637
   Posted 12/24/2008 6:55 PM (GMT -7)   
Tony, I have said it once and more than once. Get the Pomegranite juice and blueberries going! They will work their magic. Also look for the book: "Anti cancer...a New way of life" written by David servan schreiber, MD.....Pete has been immersed in it for a week. It is very interesting and helpful with documentation and foods that are truly helpful. Dixx
Husband Pete
dx Jan 2001 gleason 4 + 3 PSA 16.5
Seed implant and conformal radiation and Lupron from Jan 2001 to Jan2002
2005 Dec PSA began to rise from .5 to 8 within 6 months
Salvage surgery at MSK 9/06 Dr. Eastham
Fistula operation 2/07 MSK Dr. Wong
Many cystoscopies and ER visits with strictures
Catheter for one year....Catheter taken out Sept 07..
Total Incontinence since then....
PSA .52 3/08
AUS Operation at MSK Sept 8 2008 Dr. Sandhu
Activated Oct 28th Dr. Sandhu..MSK
Some difficulty with AUS arising Nov 10 2008
Meeting with Dr. Sandhu to discuss AUS problems and new PSA test Dec 11, 2008
PSA .6 12/08
Waiting to see if AUS gets better results
Complete hip replacement surgery coming up Jan 9, 2009


divo
Veteran Member


Date Joined Jul 2008
Total Posts : 637
   Posted 12/24/2008 6:55 PM (GMT -7)   
Tony, I have said it once and more than once. Get the Pomegranite juice and blueberries going! They will work their magic. Also look for the book: "Anti cancer...a New way of life" written by David servan schreiber, MD.....Pete has been immersed in it for a week. It is very interesting and helpful with documentation and foods that are truly helpful. Dixx
Husband Pete
dx Jan 2001 gleason 4 + 3 PSA 16.5
Seed implant and conformal radiation and Lupron from Jan 2001 to Jan2002
2005 Dec PSA began to rise from .5 to 8 within 6 months
Salvage surgery at MSK 9/06 Dr. Eastham
Fistula operation 2/07 MSK Dr. Wong
Many cystoscopies and ER visits with strictures
Catheter for one year....Catheter taken out Sept 07..
Total Incontinence since then....
PSA .52 3/08
AUS Operation at MSK Sept 8 2008 Dr. Sandhu
Activated Oct 28th Dr. Sandhu..MSK
Some difficulty with AUS arising Nov 10 2008
Meeting with Dr. Sandhu to discuss AUS problems and new PSA test Dec 11, 2008
PSA .6 12/08
Waiting to see if AUS gets better results
Complete hip replacement surgery coming up Jan 9, 2009

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