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Amy41
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Date Joined Jan 2009
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   Posted 5/12/2009 4:19 PM (GMT -6)   
So there had been some hope of a abileratone trial but unfortunately hubby's PSA count is on the rise again - now 600 and the trial does not start until June - tomorrow hubby starts Chemo - I know a few of you have been through this and as I understand it this variety of Chemo is not as nasty as some of the others.  We have been given some good hints by the Dr.'s assistant about managing nasaeu, meals etc but a few would be welcomed by those who have been through this before - I'm just hoping this will relieve some of his pain and allow us to have some more good times together.
Hubby 51 diagnosed 8/08 750 PSA - on Lupron was on Casodex also but now HRPC will start Zometa and Taxotere tomorrow.

Tony Crispino
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   Posted 5/12/2009 5:04 PM (GMT -6)   

Hi Amy,

I can't provide this advice but I can put you in touch with a couple gentlemen who have been through it.  I will be sending well wishes and prayers too. 

David Emerson is my age and he uses the screen name FLHW (David E) here.  He is also an active blogger and his page is http://prostatecancerat42.blogspot.com.  I will talk to him later today and tell him to check your post here as well.

Walt Whited uses the screen name War Eagle here but he has not posted in a few months.  He had a rougher go with Taxotere than David.  He is one heck of a guy and dear friend I met at this board.  He does post updates on his website www.caringbridge.org/visit/walterwhited.

Walt's email is available at his website.

Tony



Age 46 (44 when Dx)
Pre-op PSA was 19.8 : Surgery at The City of Hope on February 16, 2007
Geason 4+3=7, Stage pT3b, N0, Mx
Positive Margins (PM), Extra Prostatic Extension (EPE) : Bilateral Seminal vesicle invasion (SVI)
HT began in May, '07 with Lupron and Casodex 50mg (2 Year ADT)
IMRT radiation for 38 Treatments ending August 3, '07
Current PSA (January 13, 2009): <0.1
 
My Journal is at Tony's Blog  
 
STAY POSITIVE!


FLHW(David E)
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Date Joined Nov 2007
Total Posts : 201
   Posted 5/12/2009 9:51 PM (GMT -6)   
Amy41,

Tony and I did talk but this didn't come up. No fault of either of us, we had a lot to catch up on, the I had to cut it short.

Anyway, I'm rambling.

I finished 12 chemoe treatments in January and would be glad to answer questions etc.

You can reach me at 'davidemerson @ flhw.org'
Dx'd 2/18/05
PSA 271, bone mets, lymph node involvement
Gleason Score: 7
Current (3-30-009)
PSA: 36.36
Treatment: Lupron
+ Atrasentan (or placebo)
[Finished Taxotere on January 26th]
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Personal Blog:
prostatecancerat42.blogspot.com


Purgatory
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Date Joined Oct 2008
Total Posts : 25381
   Posted 5/12/2009 10:03 PM (GMT -6)   
Amy, only my best wishes and hopes to your husband and yourself, Good luck
Age 56, 56 at DX, PSA 7/7 5.8, 7/8 12.3,9/8 14.5
3rd Biopsy Sept 08: Positive 7 of 7 cores, 40-90%, Gleason 7, 4+3
Open RP surgery 11/14/8, Right nerves spared, 4 days hospital, staples out 11/24/8, 5th cath out on 1/19/9
Post-surgery Pathlogy Report:Gleason 3+4=7, pT2c, 42 grm, tumor 20%, Contained in capsular, clear margins, clear lymph nodes 
First PSA Post Surgery   2/9 .05, 5/9 .10 doubled in 3 months, new test in six weeks, then possibly off for salvage radiation
 
 


Tony Crispino
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Date Joined Dec 2006
Total Posts : 8128
   Posted 5/12/2009 11:35 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi David, I did forget to mention it, but no issue, you were watching...:-)

Tony
Age 46 (44 when Dx)
Pre-op PSA was 19.8 : Surgery at The City of Hope on February 16, 2007
Geason 4+3=7, Stage pT3b, N0, Mx
Positive Margins (PM), Extra Prostatic Extension (EPE) : Bilateral Seminal vesicle invasion (SVI)
HT began in May, '07 with Lupron and Casodex 50mg (2 Year ADT)
IMRT radiation for 38 Treatments ending August 3, '07
Current PSA (January 13, 2009): <0.1
 
My Journal is at Tony's Blog  
 
STAY POSITIVE!


Geebra
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Date Joined May 2009
Total Posts : 476
   Posted 5/13/2009 8:45 AM (GMT -6)   

Amy41,

Best wishes to you and your husband. I hope his chemo goes as easy as mine.

Here is my experience: I had six rounds of Taxotere as a neo-adjuvant treatment. I was lucky and had very few side effects. Some hair loss, mouth sores and some taste changes (could not enjoy wine, but food was fine). Towards the end, i felt tired first few days after the chemo. Otherwise, I felt fine, continued to work and travel.

Best of luck

 

 


Previous 5 biopsies over 4 years negative

Dx Nov 2007, age 46

PSA 29, Gleason 4+4=8

Decided to participate in clinical trial at Duke

6 rounds of chemo (Taxotere+Avastin)

1/8/2008

33.90

1/11/2008

29.50

1/31/2008

38.20

2/21/2008

32.00

3/13/2008

26.20

4/3/2008

26.60

4/24/2008

20.60

followed by surgery at Duke (Dr. Moul) on 6/15/2008

Gleason downgraded 4+3=7, T2b N0M0, one small positive margin

PSA undetectable for 8 months, then

2/6/2009

0.10

4/25/2009

0.17

 


Doting Daughter
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Date Joined Aug 2007
Total Posts : 1064
   Posted 5/13/2009 11:26 AM (GMT -6)   
Amy-
Thinking of you and your husband as he starts Chemo today. All the best and keep us posted.
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 2, 08 PSA <.02
Oct. 10, 08 PSA <.02
Praying for a cured dad.

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biker90
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Date Joined Nov 2006
Total Posts : 1464
   Posted 5/13/2009 11:53 AM (GMT -6)   
Hey Amy,

I had 4 cycles of Alimta and Cisplatin for lung cancer. It is wicked stuff. I had lots of nausea but the cancer center was great in providing anti-nausea drugs. My oncologist gave me several prescriptions that helped and when it got really bad, the cancer had me come in for IV treatments. Don't be afraid to call when the symptoms appear. The longer you wait, the harder it is to treat the nausea. I learned that the hard way.

I also had the mouth sores, metallic taste, some hair loss the lots of fatigue. It took a good month after treatment stopped for me to start to feel normal.

Sorry to be so negative but your hubby is taking different drugs that I hope don't have such severe side-effects. The good news is that I am in remission so all the crap was well worth it. I hope chemo works for him.

Jim
Age 74. 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 + .04 cc Trimix = Excellent Results
PSAs from 1/3/07 - 7/17/08 0.00.
PSA on 1/28/09 - 0.02
Lung cancer dxed on 5/16/08. Surgery on 6/25/08 T1N1M0 - Stage IIA Finished 4 cycles of chemo on 11/7/08.
CT scans on 12/2/08 & 2/25/09 - in remission!!!
Next scan in May 09.
Biker90's Journey
http://www.caringbridge.org/visit/jimrobinson
"Patience is essential, attitude is everything."

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