SRT 26 out of 39 - Monday

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Purgatory
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   Posted 11/9/2009 3:39 PM (GMT -6)   
First treatment of week six, geez, what a back up at the clinic.  Standing room only, people having to share lockers to store your clothes.  Not the IMRT machine, but backup again on the other machines.  Had a new operator today, so boy it was slow for me, it was a 55 minute session, and that's not counting seeing the doctor when I was through.  Left me very sore both in the penis and at the SP cath exit again.
 
Talked to my radiation oncologist, she was thrilled that the uro didnt dialate me last week, she felt it would have been a big mistake.
She said I needed to get through the rest of this.  BTW, today completed the 2/3rd mark.
 
By the time the radiation ends, and allowing a few weeks for the swelling to  go down, I may need another corrective surgery on the bladder neck around the time that the SP cath is to be removed.  At this point, that  is the least of my worries.
 
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


Sleepless09
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   Posted 11/9/2009 4:19 PM (GMT -6)   
Hang in there David --- the end is in sight. Easy for me to say, I know, but I ache for you.

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    


Purgatory
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   Posted 11/9/2009 4:34 PM (GMT -6)   
Sheldon, its like doing a thousand piece picture puzzle, so overwhelming at first, but now just a few puzzle pieces left.
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


60Michael
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   Posted 11/9/2009 4:47 PM (GMT -6)   
David,
You sound good for all that you have been thru, so count em down are fraction it out, you are geting there my friend.
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 11/9/2009 4:58 PM (GMT -6)   
Michael, that's a lifetime of being a bean counter and number's freak, can't help that part, it makes my doctor laugh everytime. She even jumps the question now and wants me to tell her by fraction or decimal point where I am at.
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


Modelshipwright
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   Posted 11/9/2009 5:00 PM (GMT -6)   
I know that you can see the end in sight and that is at least some comfort. Hang in there,

Keep well,
Regards,
Bill

Purgatory
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   Posted 11/9/2009 6:22 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks Bill, tonight is a big hurt night, my nerves are on edge, so much swollen pressure pains in my rectum and penis, I can honestly say, that ageeing to the SP cath (even though it has its own issues long term) was a big plus, I couldn't imagine what these pains would be like if I had a foley catheter running the length of my penis. It hurts bad enough on its own. Probably had 3-4 dozen strong bladder spasms today, some bad enough to bring a tear to the eye despite me trying to tough it out. I know the worse will be over soon, but not soon enuogh for me. Just raw and edgy feeling tonight. Hope it will pass.

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


Cajun Jeff
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   Posted 11/9/2009 6:54 PM (GMT -6)   
David: I am glad that today is over for you. I must say your words sound better. The end is near...

Enjoyed the chat last night.

Get some rest.

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.


pa69
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Total Posts : 260
   Posted 11/9/2009 7:10 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi David,

The countdown continues. Before you know it the abuse you are enduring will be in the past. Then you can reap the benefits of the zero club.

Oh, be prepared in case the doc asks you state your progress to 5 significant digits.

Thinking of you,
Bob
Age 70, First ever PSA 7.8 taken June 2008, Biopsy July 2008, 10 of 12 cores positive, Gleason 3+3=6
da Vinci surgery December 10, 2008, catheter removed December 29 2008
St. Lukes Hospital, Bethlehem, Pa.
Dr. Frank Tamarkin
Prostate weight 73.0 grams, Gleason 3+3=6, stage pT3a
Tumor locations: right anterior apex, right posterior apex to mid
left anterior mid to base, left posterior apex to mid
extensive perineural invasion in right anterior apex, right and left posterior apex to mid
seminal vesicles negative
Four PSA tests undetectable, latest Oct 30


Purgatory
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   Posted 11/9/2009 7:31 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks Bob, and I could do that right out of my head for the doctor. I remember when I was the CFO of this company that built custom motorcycles, I would annoy the hell out of the president because when we met with the CEO, he would be rattling off columns of numbers, and the pres. would be scrambling putting them into a calculator, and me, I would rattle off the total in my head. THe pres would continue to input hoping I would be wrong. Was funny back then.

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


pigeonflyer
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Date Joined Nov 2009
Total Posts : 85
   Posted 11/10/2009 7:10 AM (GMT -6)   
david another day closer to the end of rad. wish it would all be over for you. endure the pain. i know what your going through in respect of spasms. will be thinking of you again today. soon it will be over. your brother neil

pigeonflyer
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   Posted 11/10/2009 5:42 PM (GMT -6)   
hey david how did it go today? probaly just like the other 26 days. i know words dont ease the pain and your going through a heck of a time but i feel for the pain your going through. i wish it would not have to be . i will think of you every day until your finished and then think of you some more. wish you the best. neil
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