Finished my daily treatments today!

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grouchytx
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Date Joined Oct 2009
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   Posted 11/18/2009 9:47 PM (GMT -6)   
It has gone really well.  Other than getting tired sooner than usual (maybe just a perception issue), I have experienced none of the other side-effects that others have mentioned.  Guess I have been blessed.
 
I will get a High Dose Rate Brachytherapy treatment on Monday, November 30th and another on December 7th (what a date).
 
They did several tests last week, ekg, chest xrays, blood work to screen for the HDRB.  One of the things on the blood work was PSA.  They said that PSA's at this point were basically of no importance but mine came in at 14.4 (pre-treatment 13.0).  I will accept that it probably doesn't mean anything but it still felt like I had been kicked in the nuts!
 
I beat colon cancer five years ago and would like to add my prostate to the trophy cabinet.
 
Hope y'all all had a good day and a better one tomorrow.
Age: 63
 
Gleason: 8 (5+3) Biopsys ranged from 90% to 100%
Refused surgery and hormone therapy. Doctor really made an argument for benefits of hormone therapy, I could not accept the consequences.
 
Just finished 17 of 28 daily radiation treatments.  Will then get seed implants.  (Edit notation: Plan is now to do High Dose Rate Brachytherapy)
 
PSA: 13
 
Let the chips fall where they may.


Purgatory
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Date Joined Oct 2008
Total Posts : 25393
   Posted 11/18/2009 9:52 PM (GMT -6)   
grouchy, glad you got through your RT with just some fatigue. thats good. i understand your comment on the ht subject, i can't reconcile that process in my mind at this time, hoping since surgery didnt work, that the 39 rounds of srt I am going through will. good luck to 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
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


grouchytx
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Date Joined Oct 2009
Total Posts : 32
   Posted 11/18/2009 10:59 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks, David:

Although I don't post very often, I check in here every day and read your updates. I sometimes feel guilty about how lucky I have been compared to what you have gone thru. Sometimes it can be a real *****, but you are one tough son-of-a gun and I hope (and believe) it will turn out well for you. (btw, in my earlier life I was a bean counter as well). Hang in there bud!

Bill
Age: 63
 
Gleason: 8 (5+3) Biopsys ranged from 90% to 100%
Refused surgery and hormone therapy. Doctor really made an argument for benefits of hormone therapy, I could not accept the consequences.
 
Just finished 17 of 28 daily radiation treatments.  Will then get seed implants.  (Edit notation: Plan is now to do High Dose Rate Brachytherapy)
 
PSA: 13
 
Let the chips fall where they may.


60Michael
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Date Joined Jan 2009
Total Posts : 2243
   Posted 11/19/2009 8:08 AM (GMT -6)   
Congratulations Bill. You got a break from the pain on this, so please do not feel guilty. Take care and so glad for you that this tx is over. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!!!!
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

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