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Purgatory
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   Posted 11/17/2009 4:16 PM (GMT -6)   
Today the pain gods were fairly decent until about an hour before I went to the clinic.  This session drug on for about 35 minutes.  And boy, when that 7th position was done, I felt a strong searing burning right at the exit of the SP catheter.  Not a mild hurt, felt like someone stuck a hot nail the size of pencil where it comes out.  Took both operators to help me back up on my feet.  They had the nurse look at it, but of course, there is nothing to be seen on the outside.  I am sure that it is just the aftermath of another good dose of radiation in a sensitive area.  There may only be 7 left, but they can't disapear fast enough as far as I am concerned.
 
While waiting, I have gotten to know this man and his wife, he is there with a bad case of cancer of the mouth, and no, he never smoked, chewed, or dipped in his life.  He is in misery, can't drink or eat anything without pain.  As it were, his radiation dr. is the same one I had 10 years ago, and at that time, for similar reasons, he suggested eating green grapes to aid the discomfort.  I don't remember, but there is some chemical in the grapes that helps.  It helped at the time.  I know this guy has it rough, something about mouth/neck/throat/head radiation is the worse.
 
Another one down, now just to get rid of my current pain and nausea, and off to the races again tommorow.
 
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


lewvino
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   Posted 11/17/2009 4:20 PM (GMT -6)   
The races are nearing the home stretch David. What day will the last treatment be on with the Holiday coming up?

Larry
Age 55 / age at diagnosis 54, PSA 5.1
Robotic surgery 08/12/09 at Vanderbilt, Nashville TN. 
Final Path report:
20% of the prostate Invovled
Tumor graded at T2C
Overall Gleason 3+4 (7)
Lymph Glands Clear, Positive Margin Noted in Right Apex
 
First post Surgery PSA - 0


Purgatory
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   Posted 11/17/2009 5:08 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks, Larry. The last one is for the Friday after our American Thanksgiving day. I have been fortunate that I haven't been sick during this time enough to miss a treatment. If you do, all they do is tack it on the back end.
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 11/17/2009 5:55 PM (GMT -6)   
David, We can see the end of your treatment...YAHOO!!!!!...Just thing what a Thanksgiving it will be.....

Thanks for the news.

Your freind
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.


Modelshipwright
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   Posted 11/17/2009 5:58 PM (GMT -6)   
Hang in there David. The end is in sight.

Regards,
Bill

Purgatory
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   Posted 11/17/2009 6:30 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks Jeff, since my wife is a nurse, we never have holidays on the actual day, the big Riley thanksgiving will be on the Sunday after thanksgiving, the whole gang will be at the house. Hopefully I will have some appitite by then, lol.

Thank you too, Brother Bill, as we use to say in the service, I'm getting short.
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


CPA
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   Posted 11/17/2009 7:03 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi David.  You're rounding the turn and headed down the home stretch.  You'll be crossing that finish line before you know it.  Have a great Thanksgiving celebrating the end of these treatments!  David

Diagnosed Dec 2007 during annual routine physical at age 55
PSA doubled from previous year from 1.5 to 3.2
12 biopsies - 2 pos; 2 marginal
Gleason 3+3; upgraded to 4+3 post surgery
RRP 4 Feb 08; both nerves spared
Good pathology - no margins - all encapsulated
Catheter out Feb 13 - pad free Feb 16
PSA every 90 days - ZERO's everytime!
Great wife and family who take very good care of me


60Michael
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   Posted 11/17/2009 7:10 PM (GMT -6)   
David you are one strong person and we are all thinking of you as you progress thru this painful journey. In short order, "you will be able to see the barn, and smell the oats." It wont come soon enogh for you. 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 11/17/2009 7:47 PM (GMT -6)   
Hoping to do that, David CPA, my family will have something to celebrate for sure

Thank you, Michael my friend, the end of the tunnel on the SRT getting locked into my sights now
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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Date Joined Mar 2009
Total Posts : 260
   Posted 11/17/2009 8:24 PM (GMT -6)   
7 more treatments. If you say it really fast it doesn't sound like much. I can only try to imagine what 7 more abusive sessions means to you.

Best wishes,
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 11/17/2009 8:32 PM (GMT -6)   
Bob, they will be kind of like the 32 before it, lol. Though today's had a major pain issue at the end, as I was lying on the table looking up at the machine when it was in the overhead position, I was thinking, this will soon end, by the end of next week, and some if not most of the discomfort portion will go away in the weeks after.

Then the next step, will be see when the SP cath can be safely removed for good, even though I know in advance I will have to wear a foley catheter again for a few weeks to give the bladder a chance to heal from having a puncture through its side. Once that is removed, would love to have all of 2010 catheter free and able to pee on my own without worrying about strictures and blockages. Sounds like a simple request, hope it works that way.
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


dsmc
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Date Joined Jul 2008
Total Posts : 150
   Posted 11/17/2009 10:26 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi David, You have those PC cells dead or on the ropes by now! Give them that last knock out punch and "Git-R-Done"......lol. I know it has been tough but you are nearly there now. I have not posted much but I check on you nearly every day. Hang in there.

David
Age 54
Pre-op PSA 4.3
Surgery Feb. 17 2005
Post-op Path : Gleason 3+3=6
Right pelvic lymph nodes: negative for metastatic carcinoma
Left pelvic lymph nodes: negative for metastatic carcinoma
extent: right lobe 40% left lobe 10%
capsular penetration: Absent
Seminal vesicles and vasa differentia: Uninvolved
Prostate: 26 grams
Post-op PSA's <0.04 for 3 years
Feb. 08: 0.07, March 08: 0.08, June 08: 0.09 and Sept. 08: 0.1
IGRT scheduled.....November 17th....
FINISHED 01/14/09 YEA!
05/14/09
1st PSA after Salvage RT <0.04..... Another YEA!


Purgatory
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   Posted 11/17/2009 11:42 PM (GMT -6)   
David, thank, you appreciate your care and concern. With the amount of radiation I have been getting, couldn't imagine anything living in the general area.
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
Incontinence:  1 Month     ED:  Non issue at any point post surgery
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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