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Purgatory
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   Posted 11/25/2009 3:39 PM (GMT -6)   
Today was my 38th, one more to go.  Experienced the most pain yet, in all 7 zapping positions, the SP tube and area, as well as my penis and rectal areas burned with pain.  I almost signaled them to abort in mid-stream, but decided to eat the hurt and get through with  it.  Was a 25 minute session today.  Couldn't even get my feet raised out of the body mould by myself.  Took both techs to get me out of it, and seated up right again.  I swear, had enough.  One more to go, and they asked me to move it up to 1000 on Friday instead of the afternoon.  Told them I was glad, just want this nightmare to be over with.
 
Left the clinic with deep burning pains, having a full spasm from the cath, and so nauseated thought I was going to hurl getting into my car.
 
Home now, dressed more comfortable, and took some med, hoping to ease off the pain a bit.  The penis pain and rectal pain kept me awake a good part of the night once more, so its taking a toll on my beauty sleep, lol.
 
The poor guy that had cancer in his mouth and is having IMRT for that, had to abort his midstream today, as he did hurl.  They gave him meds for the nausea, but his wife said the med made him even more sick.  He won't be coming back until next Monday.
 
Also said goodbye to my new friend, Johnny, the one I told you guys about, the Viet-Nam vet, Gleason 10, already lost a leg to PC and now its in his lungs.  I implored him to call me anytime, and I will come visit him in person where he lives.
 
Almost through with this mess, be glad to get on the healing side of this too.

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


CPA
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   Posted 11/25/2009 4:39 PM (GMT -6)   
Greetings, David.  One more to go!  You can do anything one more time.  Trust it will go well and that you will have a great Thanksgiving weekend.  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


mikey1955
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   Posted 11/25/2009 4:40 PM (GMT -6)   

Hey David,

Sorry to hear you had a rough one today. One more to go and I hope you're rid of this for good. All the best to you and family!

 

Mike 


-Nov/Dec 07, March 08 and Dec 08: Severe perineum pain . Septra/Bactrim for 8 months for diagnosed prostatitis.
-PSA start of 2008: 5.3..... PSA June of 2008: 7.3
-14 DRE all benign or nothing felt
-TRUS Biopsy Nov 08: 5 of 8 cores positive GS 3+3 or 6. 30-65%. Perineural invasion.
-General Health: pretty good, 5' 10", 180 lbs, slim.
-Open RP surgery: May 09 both nerve bundles spared. Bilateral lymph node dissection performed. Discharged 48 hours after surgery.
-Post Surgery Pathology: pT3a N0 MX, extraprostatic extension (EPE), stage III prostate cancer, lymph nodes clear, seminal vesicles clear, Gleason upraded to 3+4 GS 7. EPE within surgical margins. Other than prostate and EPE, all tissue removed negative for cancer involvement.


Cajun Jeff
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   Posted 11/25/2009 5:02 PM (GMT -6)   
David, You know where I will be at 8AM tomorrow for just about 1 hr. This will be offered up to you for you in thanks. My freind I have chills just thinking about you at the 1 more mark. I am so thankful that this is ending for you. Enjoy the football games tomorrow.

Your frined
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.


lewvino
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   Posted 11/25/2009 5:44 PM (GMT -6)   
David,
Enjoy your well ended day off from treatments. Then get that last one over and done with and you can look forward to the END of your treatments and many, many days of healing.
Larry in Tn
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 11/25/2009 5:49 PM (GMT -6)   
Thank you, Ohio

You too, David CPA

Mikey, it really was a rough rough one today, but I am not surprised, my body literally has had enough of this radiation poisoning, I feel toxic

Jeff, yeah, I know where you will be, and thanks. Don't care how rough the last one may or may not be, then its over for me with RT

Larry, thanks, and the same to you too.

I wish all my PC brothers here, and sisters, that one and all enjoy this Thanksgiving season.

P.S> to Jeff, don't cry next Monday night when my Patriots devestate your Saints in New Orleans
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


Modelshipwright
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Date Joined May 2009
Total Posts : 215
   Posted 11/25/2009 6:10 PM (GMT -6)   
Well David, you have endured another day at the clinic and a not to nice one at that. Good on you for hanging tough during the treatment. It takes real guts to do so.


Now, hopefully, you can relax and enjoy a day of Thanksgiving with family. No matter what our personal circumsatnces are, we all have something to be grateful for. I am grateful for you sharing your treatment experience so that others who follow may benefit from it. Reading your daily report makes me thankful for what I have and is a reminder to not take annything for granted.



I wish you a restful and enjoyable day tomorrow and I will be there with you on Friday to applaud the end of the treatments.



Keep well,

Regards,

Bill

Purgatory
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   Posted 11/25/2009 6:24 PM (GMT -6)   
Bill, so very true, I have learned never to take health issues for granted. While most people get through ops, RT, SRT, biopsies with no drama or danger, there are always risks and side effects to what we have to deal with.

Also, in my almost 2 months at the radiation clinic, I have seen and talked to those brothers and sisters that have suffered much more than me. I like seeing the will to live mechinism in full force, and human dignity at work. Even in a waiting room like that, all kinds of sufferings and stories being told.

Done my time now twice in my life with RT and SRT, hope it never has to happen again. Counting both events in my life, that was a total of 74 radiation treatments for a total above 145 gys. And that doesnt count all the daily x-rays that were taken during those two events.

Its amazing that I dont' glow in the dark.

Thanks for your support.
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


Sonny3
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   Posted 11/25/2009 6:34 PM (GMT -6)   
David,

Relax tomorrow, enjoy the family or just sleep and do nothing. The holiday is giving you a break and allowing you to rest up for the last ONE.. Man that sounds good don't it---ONLY one more to go. Remember the short timers creed, "I CAN DO ONE MORE STANDING ON MY HEAD".

Be well my brother,

Sonny
61 years old
PSA 11/07 3.0
PSA 5/09 6.4
Diagnosis confirmed July 9, 2009
12 Needle Biopsy = 9 clear , 3 postive
<5%, 90%, 40%
Gleason Score (3+4) 7 in all positive cores
CT Organ Scan - negative
Nuclear Bone Scan - Negative
da Vinci 9/17/09
Post Surgery Pathology:
Gleason: Changed to (4+3) = 7
Stage: T3a
Tumor Volume 12.5%
NERVES SPARED-positive margin, extra-prostatic extension
30 day PSA 0.4, 50 day psa 0.53, 64 day psa 0.6
IMRT scheduled to begin Nov 30,2009 (74 days post surgery)


Purgatory
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   Posted 11/25/2009 7:53 PM (GMT -6)   
Agreed, thought Sonny, one more like todays painful episode would finish me off from RT for life again. Tommorow, rest and football, chill time, then wifey will go with me on the last one. And that will be that. Be nice knowing next Monday, that I won't be adding to my woes with additional radiation.

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


Squirm
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   Posted 11/25/2009 11:29 PM (GMT -6)   
Sorry to hear about the pain. One more to go David and you're all done!

IdahoSurvivor
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   Posted 11/25/2009 11:38 PM (GMT -6)   
Dear Purg,

Sorry about the painful experience.

I hope you can enjoy good food, football, and family on Thursday.

All the best,

Barry
Surgery: Da Vinci; July 31, 2007; 54 on surgery day;
Pathology: PSA: 4.3; Gleason: 3+3=6; T2a; Confined to Prostate;
Post RP PSAs: 09/07 <0.04; 12/07 <0.04; 03/08 <0.04;
06/08 <0.04; 12/08 <0.04; 06/09 = 0.06 (hmmm...);
Latest PSA 09/09 <0.04 (back to undetectable)


Sleepless09
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   Posted 11/25/2009 11:56 PM (GMT -6)   
Well David, it's third down and a yard to go. Throw long and deep, or quarter back sneak, it doesn't matter, just drive over that line Friday morning and as you get up off the table the cheering you hear is all your friends at HW giving you a standing ovation.

Now, go enjoy turkey day!

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    


Magaboo
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   Posted 11/26/2009 2:24 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi David,
 
So sorry to read that had such a miserable time with you RT, but, IT'S OVER!! I always knew you could do it. After the last one, you can rest and get your body back to normal. Sure hope your recovery will be quick and complete. Looking forward to getting nothing but positive reports from you from now on.
Wishing you all the best and many, many zero PSA results in the years to come.
 
Your friend,
Magaboo

Born Sept 1936
PSA 7.9
-ve DRE
Gleason's Score 3+4=7, 2 of 8 positive
open RP 28 Nov 06 (nerve sparing), Post op staging T3a
Gleasons still 3+4=7
Seminal vesicles and lymph nodes clear
Catheter out 15 Dec 06, Dry since 11 Feb 07
All PSA tests in 2007 (4) <.04
PSA tests in 2008: Mar.=.04; Jun.=.05; Sept.=.08; 3 days before Rad Start=0.1
Salvage RT completed (33 sessions - 66 Grays) on the 19th Dec., 08.
PSA in Jan., 09, = 0.05; July 09, <0.04


Purgatory
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   Posted 11/26/2009 8:59 AM (GMT -6)   
Thank you Squirm

Will do, Barry, that is the plan

Sheldon, turkey day for us is Sunday, but will have a good chill day today, then Friday knock off that last one.

Thanks, Mag, those were the best wishes to hope for of all.

Happy holidays to one and all
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


qjenxu
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   Posted 11/26/2009 9:46 AM (GMT -6)   
David, can't believe you had so much hardtime. you just have ONE more to go.

I wish someday I can watch your film, my artist.

best and best!

Jennifer

Purgatory
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   Posted 11/26/2009 10:07 AM (GMT -6)   
Thank you Jennifer,

Special Holiday greetings to you and your recovering husband, may things get "gooder and gooder" as they say here down south.

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


pa69
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Total Posts : 260
   Posted 11/26/2009 10:33 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi David,

One more mountain to climb. I hope today's R&R gives you the strength you need to get through tomorrow. The sun is shining on the other side.

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


Modelshipwright
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Total Posts : 215
   Posted 11/27/2009 8:46 AM (GMT -6)   
Good morning David,

I hope that todays session goes smoothly and that you return with chin up. Good luck and congrats on getting through #39.

Regards,
Bill
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