SRT #9 of 39........geez 30 more to go

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Purgatory
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   Posted 10/15/2009 2:41 PM (GMT -6)   
Number 9 took one hour today, thought radiation was suppose to be quick.  THey had all kinds of issues going on, mean while, I was nodding in and out being on the table for so long.
 
Getting to know some of the other patients as we all wait together.  Just one other fellow in there for PC, prepping for his seed implants soon.  Mostly women with breast cancer.  Finally today there was someone that looked a lot younger than me.
 
Back home, nauseated again, feeling weak all over.  Glad its Friday tommorow, not sure how much more I could handle this week.
 
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.


Jakester
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Date Joined Aug 2009
Total Posts : 285
   Posted 10/15/2009 3:59 PM (GMT -6)   
David, you and others that went before give us the strength to meet the challenges ahead. We appreciate your conveying the details especially when at times you must want to just enjoy a cool one. Rest easy, it'll be in the rear view mirror soon.

Our best to you and everyone,
Jake
Diagnosed 8/2008 Pre-op psa 4.2, Age 60 at dx
7 of 12 biopsies positive 3+3
DaVinci LRP 11/08
Post Op pathology clear margins, confined to prostate, absent extraprostatic extension, vascular or perineural. Gleason 3+4=7, 5-10% of 4 and location in right mid-gland.
3 month psa .1 2/09, 6 month .1 5/09, 9 month .2 8/09
broke ankle bones 6/09
9/21/09 Bone scan clear, psa still .2
next psa and chest xray 11/13/09


Purgatory
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   Posted 10/15/2009 4:04 PM (GMT -6)   
Jake, thanks, I am just a bit OCD about details in every aspect of my life, lol.

I hope the details of the various good parts and bad parts involving treatment, side effects, and living with PC, will help someone coming along the path.

Can't speak for others, but I for one, don't like the unknown and surprises. I can handle bad things in the medical world if I am prepared mentally for them. Sure there are others that feel that way. Always telling my doctors, I don't like surprises.

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.


Purgatory
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Date Joined Oct 2008
Total Posts : 25380
   Posted 10/15/2009 9:41 PM (GMT -6)   
Geez, always something to aggervate me with all this going on. Tonight, its the pain around the suture of the SP catheter, its good and clean, no signs of infections, just hurting to a fair degree. Even though this one doesn't exit or even touch the penis at all, it amazes me how many phantom pains and pressure pains I can feel even with this new catheter installed. Bottom line, no catheter is good, lol.

Took another early evening nap, just too wore out from the radiaton treatments, and I just don't normally nap. My wife says to just let my body do what it wants to do, even the naps are a self protection device. I guess I shouldn't fight them.
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.


Sephie
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Total Posts : 1804
   Posted 10/16/2009 6:24 AM (GMT -6)   
David, I agree with your wife and you must listen to your body! Radiation can take alot out and the body has to work very hard to heal itself. If you're tired, sleep; if you're hungry, eat; if you're angry, hit a pillow (only kidding!).

I know you have 30 more of these to go through and you'll get through them. We will all help you to stay strong and positive as best we can.

John sends his regards.

Sephie
Husband diagnosed in 2/2008 at age 57 with stage T1c. Robotic surgery performed 3/2008. Stage upgraded to T3a (extraprostectic extension in posterior left). Perineural tumor infiltration present. Apex margin, bladder neck and SV negative. Gleason 3+4 (no change from biopsy). PSA results: April 2008 0.1; May 2008 0.0; August 2008 0.0; November 0.0; February 2009 0.0; May 2009 0.0; August 2009 0.1; September 2009 0.3. Met with radiation oncologist and began process for salvage radiation. CT scan and bone scan done on October 8 (bone scan clean!).


Purgatory
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Date Joined Oct 2008
Total Posts : 25380
   Posted 10/16/2009 7:13 AM (GMT -6)   
Sephie, well the eating and sleeping part I am ok with, not one to really ever get or show anger, unless someone really goes out of their way to push all my buttons when I am tired out of my gourd.

I know this part is all in my mind, but even yesterday, as I approached the building that houses the radiation clinic, I immediately became nauseated. There is even a smell to the place that gets to my stomach when I am there, and I can remember that from years ago too.

To most men, facing surgery was the hard part, to me, having to go through radiation again was always going to be the toughest part. For you folks that don't understand, I had such a difficult time 10 years ago having throat and mouth radiation, left me with perm. side effects for which I still suffer from, and when it was all over, had a complete physical collapse resulting in a full year of physical therapy to get me back together. And my famous words I have to eat now from back then, I will never go through radiation again.

The things we say. Now its the end of 2009, and here I am in the midst of a long and strong bout of radiation, again.

When first dx. with PC, I made it clear to my dr. that I was not concerned about the major surgery and its side effects, but I did not want to go through radiation again. Thus, I hope this explains why this part is such a mental and physical fight with me. Even now, I get tempting thoughts to abort the rest of the process. I seek the strength of mind and body to continue at this point.

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.

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