You can meet the most interesting people in medical waiting rooms sometime. At the radiation clinic yesterday, after I had changed into the gown, went out to the patient waiting area to await my turn. It was empty with the exception of an elderly african-american couple, have seen them there before but we never spoke other than to say hello.
The old guy spoke to me and asked why I was there. Told him about the PC, come to find out he was there too for the same reason.
He was on treatment 9 of 15 being givein prior to being "seeded". His PSA was 21, jumped from 5 to 21 in one year! They said they couldnt do surgery because of his age. Also, his father and 3 uncles all died of PC.
Well, the nurse came and took him away, and I spoke some more with his wife. She was telling me how tough he was, and was going to beat this cancer. Then I politely asked his age (as I am terrible and usaully wrong). She proudly told me he was 82 going on 83.
I was shocked. I thought perhaps upper 60s. I said gee, hes a real young looking 80 plus, and I am an old looking 57, lol.
They looked like they had been married for 50 plus years easily, but come to find out they were approaching their 3rd anniversery, almost newlyweds. And she smiled and told me she wanted her husband to be around for a few more years, as they were both widows previous. It really touched me.
Their oncologist agreed that he was too old for the rigors of surgery, and thought that even at this age, seeding would give him some hope, or at least buy another 5 years or so, and that was good enough for this fine couple. I know normally a PSA of 21 wouldn't be a good candidate for seeding, but I am assuming at his age and the rest of his health appeared good, that there was no valid reason not to try seeding.
This would have to make him the oldest "seeded" brother I have heard of. I invited them to HW, told them all about us, but unfortunatley, like many of their generation, they don't do computer.
David in SC
Age: 57, 56 dx, PSA: 7/07 5.8, 7/08 12.3, 9/08 14.5, 10/08 16.3
3rd Biopsy: 9/08 - 7/7 Positive, 40-90% Cancer, Gleason 4+3
Open RP: 11/08, Rht nerves saved, 4 days in hospt, on catheters for 63 days, 5th one out 1/09
Path Rpt: Gleason 3+4, pT2c, 42g, 20% cancer, 1 pos margin
Post Surgery PSA: 2/09 .05,5/09 .1, 6/09 .11. 8/09 .16
Latest: 7/09 met 2 rad. oncl, 7/09 cath #6 - blockage, 8/9 2nd corr surgery, 8/9 cath #7 - out 38 days, 9/14/9 - met 3rd rad. oncl.agree to start radiation, mapping on 9/21/9, 9/24 - mtg with uro/surg, 9/29- pre-op, 10/1 - 3rd corr. surgery - suprapubic cath/hard dialation, 10/5 - began IMRT SRT - 39 sessions/72 gys.