SRT 39 of 39 - I am finished

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Purgatory
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   Posted 11/27/2009 12:08 PM (GMT -6)   
Friday 1000 - completed the final and 39th radiation treatment.  Took 25 minutes.  Severe burning again at SP site, had to be helped up again.  Then they gave me  a Bachelor of Perseverance certificate, all signed by the staff, and sent me on my way.  They did give my wife a tour of the console and the IMRT machine while we were there, she had never seen it before.
 
I see the Radiation Oncologist in four weeks, to go over a new base PSA, best be a zero.  See my Uro/Surgeon Dec. 7th to change out the SP cath for a new one.  And suppose to meet with the Oncology Rehab people on Tuesday, December 1st.
 
Back home, in a lot of pain, but I did it, its over with, just used up my second line of denfense against my PC, and I can only hope and pray that this worked, as oppose to my surgery failing.
 
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


6071
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   Posted 11/27/2009 12:18 PM (GMT -6)   
hi Dave
Happy it is all over for you
time to get well and rest for a few days now
is your e-mail not working?
Age 61 at DX
Biopsy 7/2008 Positive 1 of 12 cores positive 3+4 5% To 10%
Open Radical Prostatectomy 15/10/2008
Stage pt2c
Post op staging Gleason's Score 3+4=7
apical margin is focally positive
no extraprostatic extension
Seminal vesicles and lymph nodes clear
Catheter out on the 13/11/2008
4 week PSA < 0.1
26/1/2009  < 0.1
20/4/2009 < 0.1
11/6/2009 ultra sensitive psa 0.07
20/7/2009 < 0.1
26/8/09 Starting photon 3D CRT
13/10/09 Radiation Finished
 







compiler
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   Posted 11/27/2009 12:21 PM (GMT -6)   

Glad to hear that this misery is done.

Is your experience with IMRT typical, or was it worse for some reason?

 

I have a friend who has IMRT (I believe as a primary treatment for PC that was not super advanced). He has not indicated that it was this bad, although he doesn't say much about it.

 

Mel


PSA-- 3/08--2.90;  8/09--4.01; 11/09--4.19 (Free PSA 24%), this after 45 days on cipro!
 
History of BPH/prostatitis.
 
Awaiting results of my PCA-3 test which will determine whether a biopsy is in my immediate future. Just in: BAD NEWS: PCA-3 = 75.9! Cut-off is 35. Biopsy scheduled for 11/30


Magaboo
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   Posted 11/27/2009 12:31 PM (GMT -6)   
Hurrah!! Now just sit back and let the healing begin. yeah I'm just sorry that you had to endure so much pain and misery..............but it's done! Soon you'll feel much better and once the zeros come rolling in you'll know that it was all worth it.
All the best to you, David.
 
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


James C.
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   Posted 11/27/2009 12:52 PM (GMT -6)   
Congratulations on completing your marathon, David. I hope you can recover and enjoy the upcoming holiday season, without any more problems. Hopefully, the next appointment will be all good news, and you can continue to move beyond this thing.
James C. Age 62
Co-Moderator- Prostate Cancer Forum
4/07 PSA 7.6, referred to Urologist, recheck 6.7
7/07 Biopsy: 3 of 16 PCa, 5% involved, left lobe, GS 3/3=6
9/07 Nerve sparing open RRP 110gms.- Path Report: GS 3+3=6 Stg. pT2c, 110gms, margins clear
24 mts: PSA's: .04 each test since surgery, Bimix .3ml PRN or Trimix .15ml PRN


Purgatory
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   Posted 11/27/2009 12:57 PM (GMT -6)   
thanks, 6071

mel, probably not typical in relation to PC. Everyone is different on how radiation effects them, when I went through rad 10 years ago, really did a number on me too. Having this radiation done while dealing with a SP catheter made it more difficult.

mags, thanks, you been there all the way for me, appreciate that a lot
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


Cajun Jeff
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   Posted 11/27/2009 1:13 PM (GMT -6)   
David, Your are done with this RT!!!!!. Now time to heal up a bit and start feeling better. It was great talking to you yesterday.

Chat with you soon. Time to celebrate.

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.


CPA
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   Posted 11/27/2009 1:50 PM (GMT -6)   
Congratulations, David.  It's done!  Now we look forward to hearing about the good report we have confidence you are going to receive. Have a good holiday. 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


Piano
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   Posted 11/27/2009 2:06 PM (GMT -6)   
David, congratulations on the end of this particular journey and I know from your posts that it has been a tough one. Hang in there and start working on your recovery.
Pre-op:
Age 63 at diagnosis, now 64.
No symptoms; PSA 5.7; Gleason 4+5=9; cancer in 4 of 12 cores.
Operation:
Non-nerve sparing RRP on 7 March 2008.
Two nights in hospital; catheter out after 7 days.
Post-op:
Continent; no pads needed from the get-go.
Pathology showed organ confined and negative margins. Gleason downgraded to 4+4=8.
PSAs:
6-week : <0.05
7-month: <0.05
13-month: 0.07 (start of a trend?)
19-month: 0.09 (maybe)
ED:
After a learning curve, Bimix injections (0.2ml) worked well. From 14 months, occasional nocturnal erections. Have "graduated" to just the pump.


pa69
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   Posted 11/27/2009 2:21 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi David,

Congratulations on completing this torture. I just found out the father of a friend of mine started radiation for PC but quit about half way through. He said he just couldn't take it. I don't know what his current situation is.

Marge and I are going out for dinner tonight. We'll definitely have a toast for you.

Best wishes for complete recovery,
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


Sonny3
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   Posted 11/27/2009 3:08 PM (GMT -6)   
David,

I am as happy for you as you are for yourself. You've had a tough time of it no doubt. Zone out and check out from the world for a few days and let the healing and recuperating begin.

Consider the IMRT Torch to be officially passed (unlike the Olympic team we didn't drop the baton) and accepted. I begin mine Monday at 1:20pm.

Hope to see more of the old David on HW in a few days. One who is not in pain.

Way to hang in there 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 11/27/2009 3:16 PM (GMT -6)   
Just woke up from a rare day time nap, was really wiped out after this morning's final zapping.

jamesc - that would be wonderful if it can be that simple

jeff, thanks, sorry was napping earlier, my wife thought i needed the sleep more, we will talk again

david/cpa - thanks to you too, been a great encouragment

piano - thanks friend

bob, your story doesnt surprise me, at the clinic , i asked if people dropped out on their own, and said it happened all the time, i wanted to at times, wont lie about that, but i knew if this srt has any chance of working, i had to go all the way

sonny, with great reluctency, i hand it off to you, only because i know you need it as much as i did, still pray it will be a breeze for you like the majority of men. they told me for the first week or so, most of my current pain will still be there, but after that, should start fading away, and of it that is contributed to scattering or actual radiation related. I look forward to the relief.
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


Radical
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   Posted 11/27/2009 3:51 PM (GMT -6)   
Congrats David, I have dusted off your stool and placed it at the front bar of the zero club, there is a reserved sign on it for your arrival. See you soon...........................Rgds Kev
Age 51yrs
6 out of 8 cores positive 3 X 60% / 3 X 10%
PSA 4
Gleason Score 3+4=7
Stage T1c
Robotic Surgery 24/12/08
Upgrade Gleason Score 4+3=7 Gleason Differential 60%/40%
Stage T2c
Three small foci total volume <10%
Neg Margins and Nodes
Nil - Extraprostatic Extentions
Dry less than 1 week.
ED- taking Meds- Its been 9 mnths now getting some action ! yay !
PSA 1/09  .03
PSA 2/09  .03
PSA 5/09  .03
PSA 9/09  .03
"Everyday in Everyway I get better"


Jakester
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   Posted 11/27/2009 3:54 PM (GMT -6)   
Way to go David, your endurance was remarkable and shows us the way when stuff gets tough, we can still push on.
Our best to you and everyone else,
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
11/12/09 chest xray was clear, psa however up to .3, seeing radiation oncologist 12/09/09 ... odd call from GP, annual bloodwork shows triglycerides over 400 despite being on a statin


qjenxu
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   Posted 11/27/2009 4:00 PM (GMT -6)   
Congratulation David, you made it!

I am so glad that you finished your task. way to go!

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I wish you recover from the RT and being healthy!

Jennifer

geezer99
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   Posted 11/27/2009 4:13 PM (GMT -6)   
Oh wow, I have never been so happy to have someone announce that he was not going to post about a topic anymore.

Bob reported that he was going out and would offer up a toast to you. Tonight is our traditional post-Thanksgiving dinner of grilled turkey sandwiches -- a different kind of toast, but we will remember you in it.
Age at diagnosis 66, PSA 5.5
Biopsy 12/08 12 cores, 8 positive
Gleason 3+4=7
CAT scan, Bone scan 1/09 both negative.

Robotic surgery 03/03/09 Catheter Out 03/08/09
Pathology: Lymph nodes & Seminal vesicles negative
Margins positive, Capsular penetration extensive Gleason 4+3=7
6 weeks: 1 pad/day, 1 pad/night -- mostly dry at night.
10 weeks: no pad at night -- slight leakage day/1 pad.
3 mo. PSA 0.0 - now light pads
6 mo. PSA 0.00 -- 1 light pad/day


Cajun Jeff
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   Posted 11/27/2009 4:15 PM (GMT -6)   
Oh David, I do hope that you wife did not think that I was pushing to talk to you. I understand better than most that when you body tells you rest, you must do just that.

I will call again soon. Just a big big congrats and I am celebrating that you have crossed the bridge.

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.


60Michael
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   Posted 11/27/2009 4:16 PM (GMT -6)   
Fantastic David. No more dreading the end of the weekend. You left it all on table my friend so take time to rest, heal and then on to your next journey and hopefully that will be a non-medical journey.
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


dsmc
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   Posted 11/27/2009 4:28 PM (GMT -6)   
David, I am so glad you got these things done! Congrats and good luck. Get some well deserved rest and take it easy for a few days.

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!


mikey1955
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   Posted 11/27/2009 4:32 PM (GMT -6)   

Hi David,

Happy that this was the last RT session. You've had a tough run and made it through. Now, you'll be looking at zeros...permanently.

Way to hang in there!

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.


Hopeful in MD
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   Posted 11/27/2009 5:43 PM (GMT -6)   
David,
 
I couldn't let your day of triumph go by without adding my congratulations and admiration for completing the entire course of RT's.  I wonder if I could have withstood what you have experienced.  Like all of the others, I pray that you will come up all ZERO's when the time comes.
 
For me, the hyperbaric oxygen sessions are over for now. Completed 50, could have 10 more later if necessary.  I actually believe that my radiation proctitis is under control, not healed, but my symptoms are greatly reduced.
 
Will keep you in my prayers.   Hope you feel much better soon.
 
Gene in Md
Age 70.
Dx Dec 07. PSA 8.4. DRE confirmed tumor. Three of six positive. Gleason: 6 (3+3). Seeds Iodine 125 Jan 08. PSA's 3.9, 1.7. Rising PSA's: 2.3, 3.4, 3.9, indicating  seeds not working.  April 09 began HT with Lupron 30 MG ea. 4 mos.  Side effects hot flashes, severe fatigue until mid-July. Jun 09 - Onco DRE negative for nodules - hooray!!! Aug 09 - PSA 0.5!!!  Lupron working! Aug. 21 - 2nd Lupron shot.  Aug. 31 - hyperbaric oxygen for rectal bleeding (radiation proctitis).  40 sessions as of Nov. 9.   Nov. 5 sigmoid exam - gastro "oxygen not working." Hyperbaric doc "they are" confirmed by Nov pics compared to Sep. Will continue treatments up to 60, the max nr for one course of treatments. 


Purgatory
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   Posted 11/27/2009 6:06 PM (GMT -6)   
kev, save that seat for me, i hope i earn that spot soon.

jake, either that, or i am too stupid to quit, lol, but made it, that is what counts

jennifer, thanks, and hope your husband is doing well too.

thank you geezer, least i was a faithful reporter, no matter how i felt, our thanksgiving dinner still waits for sunday

thanks too, michael, your encouragement has been great

jeff, no worry, she knows that i am not a napper, i fell asleep sitting up watching tv, she covered me up with my Patriots blanket and let me be, lets talk again soon

david, thanks, i think i already do too much resting, but that is what i need right now, be so nice next week when i am not going to the clinic any more

thank you, brother mike, your encouragement has been great too, i would be there for you too, all the way if needed

gene, the state of maryland always has a special place in my heart, as one of the places i lived growing up. neat state. on your treatments, were they daily? how long did they take? any pain involved? just not familiar with them

thanks guys and girls, the support here at HW made a major impact on getting through an ordeal that I knew would be an ordeal for me, and it was.
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


lewvino
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   Posted 11/27/2009 6:12 PM (GMT -6)   
David,
We have all been cheering you on through this and we will continue to cheer you on as you now set back and heal. Well Done!!!!

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 11/27/2009 6:25 PM (GMT -6)   
Larry, I have heard your voice all along this rugged path, and it has helped, and I appreciate your care and concern. We need each other here at HW.

I did nothing special with this SRT. It was either agree to it, or wait and let the PC come back and get me. At 57, with a beautiful wife of almost 36 years, 3 great kids, and 2 grand kids, I was not about to give in or give up.

The radiation for me was a big deal to consent. i don't think some here understand fully, but what i went through in the past soured me completely on any type of radiation. It was a painful traumatic event for me back then, so when I knew my PC was back, I was mentally devestated. My radiation oncologist and my uro/surgeon knew that I was 100% against doing the the SRT.

But I had to look beyond my fears and apprehensions, look deep inside. I don't know when I will die, or how, I know that I could still die in a car wreck next time I leave the house, or have a massive heart attack, but we can't live thinking that way.

I feel I still have some good years left to me, got almost 30 years in the world of accounting, finance, and IT, somewhere, someone will want to hire a guy with my experience and reputation. I am not through with my creative side. I still have other books in my head waiting for me to write and get published. Really getting into the film making genre, still hoping to make a mark in the world that way.

And then when I look at my family, they love and need me, at least for as long as I am allowed to be here.

So saying all this, I had to bite the bullet, I had to do the SRT, and despite wanting to give up when it got hard, I suffered on with the pains and fears (and trust me, I am no superman, I don't play the macho man game, I am very sensitive to meds, treatments, and don't have a natural high pain tolerance) and just kept on keeping on, day by day, week by week. Determined, that I will not give up of my own free will to prostate cancer. If it ever takes me out for good, it will only because it beat me into the ground and there was nothing left I could do.

That is the message I want to leave about the experience I just went through. We have brothers here that have suffered all kinds of terrible setback and painful events. I feel and emphathize with each and every one. I know too, that their loved ones suffering too, watching their dads, their husbands, their lovers, etc as they endure what they endure.

We need to stick together. The depth and degree of true care at HW among us is special and unique. It's real to me, we have a lot of people that really care. There is strength in numbers, and we need to be as one, to help each and every brother through the twists and turns of prostate cancer. Excuse my French, but PC is a true ******, and I hate it for what it is and what it does to us, but we can fight it together, learn from one another, help one another, encourage one another, and claim victory when we can. That's what it is all about to me.

Peace be 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


Modelshipwright
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Date Joined May 2009
Total Posts : 215
   Posted 11/27/2009 6:49 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello David,

Well, I most heartily congratulate you on sticking with the program and getting through what I can only imagine to be a very rough ride. Thanks you so much for keeping us all,informed of your treatment journey. You are one tough cookie in my books.

It is now time for you to heal, reflect and relax as the trial is over. Take time for yourself and your family. Enjoy the rest of your Thanksgiving weekend. I bet that turkey will taste all the better for knowing the next day you do not have to go to the clinic.

Keep well and heal well,
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. 11/16 - 1 pad /day.
Potency: 10/16/09 - Zip, nada
State of mind: Excellent - always positive.
 
 

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