IMRT finished. Brief re-cap.

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Ralph Alfalfa
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Date Joined Nov 2008
Total Posts : 469
   Posted 12/23/2009 9:06 PM (GMT -6)   
Treatment #39 yesterday and, boy, am I glad that's done.  No harsh side effects, though I kept waiting for them to show up.  Occasional irritable bowel and sudden exhaustion the last week or so.  They told me on Monday that I would graduate yesterday, so, being the scamp that I am, I tucked one of my kid's old graduation gowns under my coat, went into the changing room, and VOILA!  They said no one had ever done that before.  They were laughing so much that a bunch of office doors opened up in the hallway and I had to have my picture taken with my cheesy diploma.  Always leave 'em laughing. 
Kind of a bittersweet moment in that the techs I had were always the same folks, congenial, humorous, infinitely professional, and just an all around bunch of good folks.  Seems that I was the youngest one they were treating at the time(Pause to muddle that one).  When I started there were 52 guys, when I left, 26.  This clinic only treats prostate cancer and I can't say enough how kind they were to everyone.  I bought the girls those barrette reindeer horns, as the one male tech was wearing an elf hat with the pointy ears.  I told them I didn't think it was fair for him to be the only one sporting holiday headgear.
All my questions were answered to my satisfaction and I would have no qualms about recommending this facility to anyone.  So, all done before the holidays, don't need to go back to work until 1/4 and I think I'll spend a little time in the afternoons holding down the couch for a little well-earned shut eye, wake up to catch KU (#1) basketball, and enjoy the family.
Happy holidays to all, and to all...zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz.
 Dx: October,27(the day after my birthday)
 Psa 14.5
 Gleason:(4+3) 7 T1c
 Bone scan:Negative
 Cat scan: Negative
 Biopsy: 4 of 12 positive, left side, pre-cancerous on the right.
 Confined to prostate.
 DaVinci Jan. 19th, No lymph node involvement, all margins clear.
 8 week PSa <0.01
 Gleason downgraded to (3+4)7
 6 month Psa , 0.1 
 9 month Psa,  0.2  Doubled! Criminy!
 Started RT 10/ year since diagnosis.

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Date Joined Oct 2008
Total Posts : 25394
   Posted 12/23/2009 9:38 PM (GMT -6)   
Bob, glad to hear you got through your 39 as well. Been 4 weeks since mine ended, so glad. Hope you have a good holiday and get some rest after all that.

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 - 11/27 IMRT SRT 39 sess/72 gys ,cath #8 33 days, Cath #9 35 days, 12/7 - Cath #10 in place

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Date Joined Jan 2009
Total Posts : 2243
   Posted 12/24/2009 9:15 AM (GMT -6)   
That is great Bob, and what a wonderful attitude you brought to your tx. I am behind you a bit so it is reassuring to hear your story. Have a great holiday as well.
Dx with PCA 12/08 2 out of 12 cores positive 4.5 psa
59 yo when diagnosed
Robotic surgery 5/09 Atlanta, Ga
Catheter out after 10 days
Gleason upgraded to 3+5, volume less than 10%
Margin slightly involved
2 pads per day, 1 depends but getting better,
8/5 1 depend at night only, now none
 started ED tx 7/17, slow go
Post op dx of neuropathy
3 months psa.01, 6 month psa.4, 6 1/2 month psa.5
Consulting with Primary Urologist for further tx.
Great family and friends

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