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Purgatory
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   Posted 11/5/2009 4:02 PM (GMT -6)   
Today was just a 20 minute session, was amazed on that part, but did cause moderate pain to the penis area again and a strong burning along my SP cath and its exit from my body.  Needed help getting up.  Still figthing minor nausea on my way home, rest once more.  Gee, still 15 treatments to go, 3 more weeks.  My body already feels like its taking a beating, and my mind says enough.
 
Told the operators today, that I sure hope this works, as far as killing off any remaining PC.  It's a long tedious and sometimes painful thing to go through if PC sticks its ugly head up again.
 
David in SC.  If you like my fractions, today's treatment makes it 8/13th done.
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: 7/9 met 2 rad. oncl, 7/9 cath #6 - blockage, 8/9 2nd corr surgery, 8/9 cath #7 out  38 days, 9/9 - met 3rd rad. oncl., mapped  9/9, 10/1 - 3rd corr. surgery - SP cath/hard dialation, 10/5 - began IMRT SRT - 39 sess/72 gys cath #8 33 days, 11/2- SP Cath #9 in place


Sonny3
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   Posted 11/5/2009 4:25 PM (GMT -6)   
David, you must be feeling really bad today. Today you said, "Gee, still 15 treatments to go, 3 more weeks". You are much more like the glass half full guy.

How about 24 down and just a measley 15 to go. The 15 sure sounds much smaller from that perspective.

Hang in there. You got that great recovery weekend coming up.

Kick back, take some naps, eat something good and maybe watch a few games. The 3 weeks will be over before you know it.

Sonny

Modelshipwright
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   Posted 11/5/2009 6:49 PM (GMT -6)   
Hey David,

Each day is a step forward to the end. It won't be long now,

Regards,
Bill
Pre-Op: Age 64. Diagnosed with Pca January 2009.
PSA 5.6, Gleason 3+3=6, T1c
Biopsy: TRUS biopsies of prostate left adenocarcinoma of prostate involving part of 1/4 biopsy fragments, less than 10% of the surface area involved, CT scan clear.
Treatment choice: Robotic Assisted Laparoscopic Prostatectomy - September 29/09.  Pre-op PSA down to 5.28 which I attribute to visualization techniques and a new vegetarian diet.
Post-Op: Robotic Prostatectomy - 09/29/09, back home 10/02/09.
Pathology - 10/14/09  Gleason Score remained at 3+3 = 6 as it was when originally diagnosed. There were no positive margins. Tumors were found in both lobes and involved 3-5% of the prostate. There was no Seminal Vesicle, Perineural, Lymphovascular or Lymph node involvement, and the bladder neck was also cancer free. 
Continence 10/16/09 - 3-4 pads a day and working on pelvic floor exercises as prescribed.
Potency: 10/16/09 - Zip, nada
State of mind: Excellent - always positive.
 
 


Sleepless09
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   Posted 11/5/2009 6:58 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi David, well the good news is we live in 2009 and in a part of the world where they can do this. The bad news is it sounds pretty awful. You is one brave guy. Even though I'm not in your boat right now, I know I may be someday (look at Sonny!) and it's impossible not to identify and hurt along with you.

Enjoy the weekend. Let me know when you're feeling up to it and I'll send the private jet down to whisk you over to the Bahamas for a little R&R time on the beach ---- or, if you want the big Challenger Jet you and your lady could do lunch in Paris and dinner in Rome with a nice gelati at the Trevi Fountain for desert.

And now I'll out to the parking lot, climb in my 10 year old Chevy truck, and head home.

Take care David,

Sheldon AKA Sleepless
Age 67 in Apil '09 at news of 4 of 12 cores positive T2B and Gleason 3 + 3 and 5% to 25% PSA 1.5
Re-read of slides in June said Gleason 3 + 4 same four cores 5% to 15%
June 29 daVinci prostatectomy, Dr. Eric Estey, at Royal Alexandra Hospital Edmonton one night stay
Flew home to Winnipeg on July 3 after 5 nights in Ramada Inn  ---  perfect recovery spot!
Catheter out July 9, so far, so good
Final pathology is 3 + 4 Gleason 7, clear margins, clear nodes, T2C, sugeron says report is "excellent"
First post op PSA Sept 09  less than 0.02
PSA on Oct 23 test again less than 0.02
Oct 1st 09 -- dry at night, during day some stress issues, but better every week. 
Feel free to email me at:  sheldonprostate@yahoo.com    


60Michael
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   Posted 11/5/2009 7:13 PM (GMT -6)   
David,
8/13 th done. They will never be able to radiate the accountant out of you. My best to you and your in my prayers.
Michael
Dx with PCA 12/08 2 out of 12 cores positive
59 yo when diagnosed
Robotic surgery 5/09 Atlanta, Ga
Catheter out after 10 days
Gleason upgraded to 3+5, volume less than 10%
Margins not involved
2 pads per day, 1 depends but getting better,
8/5 1 depend at night only
 started ED tx 7/17, slow go
Great family
Michael


Purgatory
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   Posted 11/5/2009 7:15 PM (GMT -6)   
THanks, Sonny and Bill. Today's voice was the pain and deep fatigue talking, my flesh is as weak as the next man, not super man here, lol

Sheldon, thinking back to April of this year, it was amazing that I was well enough, dry enough, and unblocked enough to take my wife to Florida for 5 days. Seems so very long ago now.

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: 7/9 met 2 rad. oncl, 7/9 cath #6 - blockage, 8/9 2nd corr surgery, 8/9 cath #7 out  38 days, 9/9 - met 3rd rad. oncl., mapped  9/9, 10/1 - 3rd corr. surgery - SP cath/hard dialation, 10/5 - began IMRT SRT - 39 sess/72 gys cath #8 33 days, 11/2- SP Cath #9 in place


Purgatory
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   Posted 11/5/2009 7:17 PM (GMT -6)   
Michael, thanks, it cracks up my Rad. Oncologist, when I give her the number either as a fraction or even perfect decimal position. She said most of her patients can't even keep up with the number.

David
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: 7/9 met 2 rad. oncl, 7/9 cath #6 - blockage, 8/9 2nd corr surgery, 8/9 cath #7 out  38 days, 9/9 - met 3rd rad. oncl., mapped  9/9, 10/1 - 3rd corr. surgery - SP cath/hard dialation, 10/5 - began IMRT SRT - 39 sess/72 gys cath #8 33 days, 11/2- SP Cath #9 in place


Cajun Jeff
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   Posted 11/5/2009 8:53 PM (GMT -6)   
David, I was going to restate you numbers in a different way... You only have 15 more treatments........Getting closer to the finish line each day.

Hang in there.. I know your flesh is exausted and it is messing with you mind... we still think you are superman!!!!

Your Brother in PC

Jeff T
Jeff T Age 57

9/08 PSA 5.4, referred to Urologist
9/08 Biopsy: GS 3/4=7
10/08 Nerve sparing open RRP- Path Report: GS 3+3=7 Stg. pT2c, margins clear
3 mts: PSA .05 undetectable

10th month PSA <0.01
1year psa <0.01
ED- 5 mg Cialis daily, pump daily, going to try MUSE next. Next step injections.


Purgatory
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   Posted 11/5/2009 9:10 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks Brother Jeff,

This reminds me of where I was 10 years ago undergoing neck/throat radiation treatments, I am having to talk myself into not cancelling a treatment session, because if I do, they will only tack it onto the end. It's hard sometimes to do something like this, when you are already wiped out physically,and you know its going to make you more wiped out and sore.

Not superman, Jeff, more like stupid man, lol. It's weired sometimes, sure this is true for all of us PC brothers, that we go through all we go through, i.e. major surgeries, radiations, etc, side effects, complications, all because a piece of paper says we have cancer.

Like most here, had no symptons, never felt a thing, squeaky clean DRE-s the entire time. It's weird thinking that if it hadn't' been for multiple PSA tests over the years, and then multiple biopsies, I would be in the bliss of ignorance, and not have a clue that I had a raging beasing on the loose inside my body.

I will say this sentiment again, I sure hope this SRT proves itself in eradicating the remnants of my PC. I would hate to think that I will have used up both my "big guns" of primary and secondary treatment in a years time.

Looking at your stats again, I hope you get to say with the string of zero's you have started. BTW, not to nit pick, but use to proof reading, why does your stat stay GS 3+3=7, even you cajuns know how to add, lol. Is yours a six 3+3 or a seven. You may want to correct it so it doesnt confuse any of our new friends.

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: 7/9 met 2 rad. oncl, 7/9 cath #6 - blockage, 8/9 2nd corr surgery, 8/9 cath #7 out  38 days, 9/9 - met 3rd rad. oncl., mapped  9/9, 10/1 - 3rd corr. surgery - SP cath/hard dialation, 10/5 - began IMRT SRT - 39 sess/72 gys cath #8 33 days, 11/2- SP Cath #9 in place


rob2
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Date Joined Apr 2008
Total Posts : 1132
   Posted 11/5/2009 9:34 PM (GMT -6)   
I agree that you are heading for the home stretch now. 15 more to go! Relax and keep us posted. I am happy you only had 20 minutes today. I was struck on one of your earlier posts that the waiting room was packed with people waiting for the radiation machine. I never thought I would ever have cancer and it is amazing knowing how many people in the world are struggling with cancer. I have grown stronger knowing you guys here (yep we all bicker some times but we always come back).
 
Age 49
occupation accountant
PSA increased from 2.6 to 3.5 in one year
biopsy march 2008 - cancer present gleason 7
Robotic Surgery May 9, 2008 - houston, tx
Pathology report -gleason 8, clear margins
12 month  PSA <.04 (low as the machine will go)
continent at 10 weeks (no pads!)
ED is still an issue but getting better


Purgatory
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   Posted 11/5/2009 10:25 PM (GMT -6)   
rob, sometimes even in a room full of macho guys, we can fight and argue like a pack of school girls, lol. we have all been through a lot through our pc journey, i wouldn't say anyone has had it easy.

yeah, in the almost 5 weeks i have been going there every day, i have met all kinds of peoples in all kinds of bad shape. interestingly, there have been lots of women much younger than me, mostly there for breast cancer, don't think i have met another male patient as young as me (57), most are late 60s to early 70s. only met one so far for PC, and he was 82.

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: 7/9 met 2 rad. oncl, 7/9 cath #6 - blockage, 8/9 2nd corr surgery, 8/9 cath #7 out  38 days, 9/9 - met 3rd rad. oncl., mapped  9/9, 10/1 - 3rd corr. surgery - SP cath/hard dialation, 10/5 - began IMRT SRT - 39 sess/72 gys cath #8 33 days, 11/2- SP Cath #9 in place

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