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Purgatory
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   Posted 11/10/2009 3:15 PM (GMT -6)   
Tuesday's treatment wasnt as bad as yesterdays, in and out in about 30 minutes.  Least I was able to lift off the table by myself  today.  If you like my fractions, I am not exactly 9/13th complete.  Twelve more treatments to go, can't wait till its single digits.
 
Uro called today, for the first time in my 57 years, I have some kind of UTI, he said not uncommon for those on long term catheters like me.  So picking up antibotitic later to start working on that problem.  He said that might explain some of the severe pain Ive been having lately with the spasms.
 
Back home resting, whats left of the tropical storm is pushing through here, with lots of wind, rain, and cool temps.  Real doom and gloom looking outside.
 
Had enough for one day, glad to be home.

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


60Michael
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   Posted 11/10/2009 3:42 PM (GMT -6)   
Glad that it went better today and hope the pain eases with the meds. Rainy day in Georgia as well, so it is a good day for allowing yourself some R&R. Take care
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 11/10/2009 3:54 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks, Michael. Not much else to do in the rain.

Ohio, "If you don't care about suffering, ok?" What an odd remark to make to a guy that has been fighting pain and complications for almost a year now. Not sure where you are coming from.
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


logoslidat
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   Posted 11/10/2009 3:55 PM (GMT -6)   
ohio state give the guy a break will you!!!!!
age 66 First psa 4/17/09 psa 8.3, 7/27/09 psa 8.1
8/12/09 biopsy 6 out of 12 pos 2-70%, rest <5% 3+3
10/19/09 open rrp U of W Medical Center, left bundle spared
10/30/09 catheter out. continent from the jump.
pathology- prostate confined, only thing positive was the report.everything else negative
11% of prostate affected. gleason 3+4, I suppose thats a negative


Jakester
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   Posted 11/10/2009 4:16 PM (GMT -6)   
I think Ohio was just stating his concern for David.

David, you've had enough for a lifetime but I think you are going to enjoy a great life after this is over.

Ohio had good advice about the blood workup just to make sure your immune system is still up to the task, esp. with the urinary infection.

Get some rest,
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 11/10/2009 4:26 PM (GMT -6)   
Jake, good thoughts and ideas, but I would still have to push on and finish the SRT on schedule for it to be most effective.
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 11/10/2009 5:56 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi David, Glad that today was quicker than yesterday. I am a bit surprised the the Uro called you. What a change of events. Get soem rest and I day closer to the end of this journey.

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.


maldugs
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   Posted 11/10/2009 5:57 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi David, have been following your posts, hope you get the right results at the end of the treatment.

Mal in OZ.
age 67 PSA 5.8 DRE slightly firm Rt
Biopsy 2nd July 07 5 out of 12 positive
Gleason 3+4=7 right side tumour adenocarcinoma stage T2a
RP on 30th July,

Post op Pathology, tumour stage T3a 4+3=7, microcsopic evidence of capsular penetration, seminal vessels, bladder neck,are free of tumour, lymph nodes clear, no evidence of metastatic malignancy, tumour does not extend to the apical margins.

Post op PSA 0.5 26th Sept.
PSA 23rd Oct.0.5 seeing Radiation Onocologist 31st Oct.
Started radiation treatment on 5th Dec, to continue until 24 Jan. 08.
Finished treatment, next PSA on 30th April.
PSA 30th April 0.4
PSA 30th July 0.5
PSA 27th Oct 0.4 (I am now 68)
PSA 11th March 09 0.5
PSA 3rd August 09 0.6
next PSA January 2010 (I am now 69)


Modelshipwright
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   Posted 11/10/2009 6:06 PM (GMT -6)   
Well David,
 
It would seem that your are having some nasty weather there as a result of that tropical storm.  Hopefully it will pass by soon.
 
Glad to hear that todays session went better. The time until your last treatment seems to be flying by as I see it and I hope to convey that feeling to you. It won't be long now and we can celebrate the end of it all.  I hope the antibiotic helps and that you feel better to get through the remaining treatments.
 
Take care,
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.
 
 


Purgatory
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   Posted 11/10/2009 6:28 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks, Jeff. Just started the antibiotic this evening. Never like to take them unless absolutely needed.

Mal, that's what all this torture is for, to get the good results and back to zero psa

Thank you Bill

Ohio, apperently the answer is no different now then when I went through RT 10 years ago, I am at the point where I just have to tough it out. Everyone knows that RT in any form plays havoc on one's immune system, that's a given. The catheter part is a bit unusual, but the alternative is to be blocked up again, involving emergency procedures in the middle of radiation, not a good combination. Still not sure what you are expecting me to do? My radiation oncologist is staying in touch with my uro/surgeon, and the other way round, getting my blood tested more than it already is, what would it prove? Just not tuned into your particular logic here. Not being a smart ass. Just don't get what you would do different. The toughing out part is mind over matter. Just gets harder as you get older. All I know is I still have 12 more treatments, still a bit to go, an the toxcity and the effect of that increase over time.
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 11/10/2009 7:11 PM (GMT -6)   
I can't question your heart or your motives, ohio. Not my place. I am very compliant with my medical team, and I communicate openly and at depth with all the players. We talk in great detail about a lot of issues. My thought with your post(s) isnt questioning whether you care or not care, just didnt get the line of questioning or what is was you think I should be doing or not doing.
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


pa69
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   Posted 11/10/2009 8:55 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi David,
I'm still here watching your progress. Just 12 more sessions! I really hope they go quickly for you.

Wishing yo well,
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 11/10/2009 8:56 PM (GMT -6)   
Thank you Bob, wish I could say it gets easier the closer you get to the end, but in reality, it gets harder. Resting up, trying to convince myself to go back tommorow, seems to be a daily fight in my head at this point.
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 11/10/2009 9:03 PM (GMT -6)   
David,

Think back to that happy time when you greeted the day by shouting to all who could hear, "12 and a wake-up". "I'm so short I could walk under a razor blade with a top hat on". You remember that feeling don't you.

It's just a dozen more and done. No hill for the climber in you. Get some rest and attack the day "with the force and fury off a 1000 mad mess cooks and a hot dog rally".

Sorry guys for the Navy days references, but I assure you that they mean something to David.

Hang in brother,

Sonny

Purgatory
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   Posted 11/10/2009 9:25 PM (GMT -6)   
Sonny, being short after a grueling 14 week boot camp was one of life's nicer feelings for sure, understand boot camp is much shorter now and not so barbaric as in our days. Being short getting out of the service, I told you my Philly story before about that.

I do remember after I finished the 35 treatments in the neck/throat from 10 years back, when it was finally over, no one there said congrats or even good bye. Simply got up and drove away. To me at the time, it was a big achievment, so in the end, it was somewhat of a let down.

Least at this clinic, I will get a fancy certificate with a gold seal on it. lol. And I can keep my leg cast if I want it, but heck, who in their right mind would want to reminded of it.

I keep thinking of your current situation. It is so very soon after your surgery. And I thought my re-occurance was quick. When I first went through surgery, in the back of my mind, I was expecting the PC to return, but I was thinking in terms of 3-5 years based on my numbers, sure didn't expect to have it confirmed in a matter of months. But like you said, these are the cards we were dealt, and we have to play our hand to the best of our abilities.

You been there each step of my new path, and I will be there for you. I only hope that your RT or SRT will go down the "normal" path for you, and that you aren't an ultra sensitive type like I am to radiation. I still want to stress to any of our friends here, particular the new guys/girls, that my current complications are in the extreme low percentile group. I don't mind being the example of handling things when they go wrong, but there are plenty of good men here that breeze right through radiation as if it were nothing. I am deeply hoping you are in that larger precentile of me where that will be the case.

PC can be a vicious SOB, and will do as it please, so lets fight on together, my Florida brother, and see if we can slam dunk it for you.

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 11/11/2009 7:10 AM (GMT -6)   
Reporting a better and more restful sleep, more than usual. Evening was less painful and anxious feeling, not as many high pressure pains or sharp penile pains. Did start using advil again, really helps on the swelling part, started the antibiotics for the UTI. The advil works well, but immediately causes some slight bleeding that shows up in the catheter bags. Hard to believe, its now been 42 days on the SP catheter, time flies, even when you aren't having fun.

Hoping today's session won't be a rough one.

David in SC

Remember Sonny - he has a tremendous amount on his plate - our concerns need to be focused on that dear brother and his lovely wife
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


Ed C. (Old67)
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   Posted 11/11/2009 5:28 PM (GMT -6)   
David,
I'm glad that you are getting closer to the end. I can't imagine what you are going thru. I can paray for your complete recovery but not for a better weather. I'm in Sydney Australia and the weather is sunny and temperature in mid tto upper 70s.
Age: 67 at Dx on 12/30/08
PSA 9/05 1.15; 8/06 1.45; 12/07 2.41; 8/08 3.9; 11/08 3.5 free PSA 11%
2 cores out of 12 were positive Gleason (4+4) and (4+5)
Negative CT scan and bone scan done on 1/16
Robotic surgery performed 2/9/09 Dr Fagin, Austin TX
Pathology report:
Prostate weighed 57 grams size:5.2 x 5.0 x 4.9 cm
Posterior lateral lesions measuring 1.5 x 1.4 x 1.0 cm showing focal capsular penetration over a distance of 3mm.
Prostatic adenocarciroma accounts for approx. 10-20% of the hemisphere.
Gleason 4+4
both nerve bundles removed,
pT3a Nx Mx, Negative margins
seminal vesicles clean, lymph nodes: not dissected
continent after 4 months
8 weeks PSA test 4/7/09 result <0.1
5 months PSA test 7/9/09 result <0.1
8 months PSA test 10/9/09 result <0.1

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