Happy New Year- Treatment 25 done and 10 to go

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Sonny3
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   Posted 12/31/2009 8:23 AM (GMT -6)   
Hello all and Happy New Year,

Well I completed IG/IMRT treatment #25 at 7:15 this morning and all is still going very well. No real side effects from the RAD other than a little fatigue in the afternoons. Or maybe it's not fatigue but just my way of taking a nap without guilt for letting the little chores slide for a while.

I know I am pre-mature in the Happy New Year by about 16 hours, but I wanted to let all of you know that I wish you each and everyone only the absolute best for the New Year.

As I have said too many times to count, you folks have been a real blessing to Lynn and I this year. My journey into the PCa world would have been so much tougher without the wonderful caring and support that you have showered on Lynn and I. We thank you all so much for the time and energy in showering us with your blessings.

Lynn is still doing pretty good following her latest round of treatments. A little lacking in energy, she's been fighting a stubborn cold for the last three weeks. We have meeting with her doctor in January and he is proposing she go back on maintenance chemo-therapy drugs. She's not too thrilled about it but it sure beats the alternatives.

As an aside, I had a wonderful conversation with Jeff (corvetteman) last night. He is an absolute hoot to talk with. If you get the chance, by all means take him up on any offer to talk on the phone.

I think my self imposed break from daily postings has given me much needed mental rest and I am now ready to jump back in with both feet. I look forward to interacting with you all again. So as they say, "we'll see you in the funny pages".

With Love and Caring, Lynn and I wish all your dreams and hopes come true in 2010,

Sonny yeah
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)


60Michael
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   Posted 12/31/2009 9:19 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanks soo much Sonny and I am happy for you and Lynn. As I will start my IMRT within the next two weeks it has been good to read your updates. Glad that you took a break to take care of you and Lynn and look forward to more funny pages in the future. Happy New Year.
Michael
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
Michael


Sonny3
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   Posted 12/31/2009 9:24 AM (GMT -6)   
Michael,

Good luck with your treatments brother. I hope that yours go as smoothly and non-eventful as mine. They do seem to fly by.

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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Date Joined Oct 2008
Total Posts : 25393
   Posted 12/31/2009 10:09 AM (GMT -6)   
Way to go Sonny, you are now 5/7th completed, getting in the countdown mode.

Was hoping that Lynn wouldn't need to be on anything as harsh as chemo anytime soon, but I know her situation is much more difficult to control. My best to her as she fights her gallant fight.

Welcome back then, brother, dig in and keep those posts a coming.

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
Post SRT PSA:
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


Sonny3
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Date Joined Aug 2009
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   Posted 12/31/2009 10:14 AM (GMT -6)   
Thank you David,

Sure do hope that you and Peggy enjoy a prosperous and joyous 2010. May the new year bring to you the much deserved breaks you need from the fight you have been waging.

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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Date Joined Oct 2008
Total Posts : 25393
   Posted 12/31/2009 10:29 AM (GMT -6)   
Sonny, today I finish what will be my sixth day of consulting work for my ex boss over the past two weeks. I sure felt good to get back into the game again. It's sad that I am still not physical able to work a full week even if I had the opportunity, the 5 hour sessions I have been doing are all I can handle, before I become overwhelmed with a wall of fatigue and pain. But I am thankful I still have some use to someone in my field. I been enjoying the "doing" it part. Too young and too poor to retire, so I have to keep plugging along.

If I can get this blasted catheter out of me and pee for a year on my own, and not to have recurrance for a 2nd time, it will be a good year for me. Very tired of feeling like a patient all the time.

Glad you are out there, brother.

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
Post SRT PSA:
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


Magaboo
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Date Joined Oct 2006
Total Posts : 1211
   Posted 12/31/2009 2:03 PM (GMT -6)   
Happy New Year Lynn and Sonny! Wishing both of you the very best that life has to offer for 2010 and beyond.
 
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


Swimom
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Date Joined Apr 2006
Total Posts : 1732
   Posted 1/1/2010 1:40 PM (GMT -6)   
Sonny,

Wishing you continued strength and minimal side effects! God Bless and Happy New Year.

Swim
 Hilarem datorum diligit Deus


Jakester
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Date Joined Aug 2009
Total Posts : 288
   Posted 1/1/2010 2:01 PM (GMT -6)   
Sonny, your smile in a photo on another forum clearly shows your positive attitude! Keep smiling, you and your wife will do just fine!

Happy healthy New Year,
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,
radiation setup scheduled 01/05/10, 35 sessions follow


CPA
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Date Joined Feb 2008
Total Posts : 655
   Posted 1/1/2010 2:36 PM (GMT -6)   
Greetings, Sonny.  Glad you are doing well and "almost" finished with your SRT.  Trust you and Lynn will both do great in the new year.  Looking forward to meeting you one of these times.  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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Date Joined Dec 2008
Total Posts : 673
   Posted 1/1/2010 2:59 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Sonny,

Glad to hear that you're getting closer to the end of your treatments... and that the side-effects are minimal.

All the best to you and Lynn for 2010!

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.
-Bladder control within 48 hours of catheter removal
-ED ongoing but improving significantly with Trimix at 7 months post-op. Oral ED meds didn't do much.


goodlife
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Date Joined May 2009
Total Posts : 2692
   Posted 1/1/2010 4:27 PM (GMT -6)   
Sonny,

Just wasn't the same old HW without you. Wishing you the very best for 2010.

Goodlife
Age 58, PSA 4.47 Biopsy - 2/12 cores , Gleason 4 + 5 = 9
Da Vinci, Cleveland Clinic  4/14/09   Nerves spared, but carved up a little.
0/23 lymph nodes involved  pT3a NO MX
Catheter and 2 stints in ureters for 2 weeks .
Neg Margins, bladder neck negative
Living the Good Life, cancer free  6 week PSA  <.03
3 month PSA <.01 (different lab)
5 month PSA <.03 (undetectable)
6 Month PSA <.01
1 pad a day, no progress on ED.  Trimix injections

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