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   Posted 1/6/2010 8:57 PM (GMT -6)   
turn Hi Everyone,
I'm getting a little anxious as the 18th approaches. My husband's planning scan is scheduled. He is loosing so much weight. He no longer has a good appetite and really does not have a taste for meat. I incorporate protein supplements in his diet, but he always complains that the food never has enough seasoning in. (this was never a problem in the past) I explained to him that this is most likely due to the Parkinson's. He does not agree. I've invited him to assist me in the kitchen to season his food. He told me he'd think about it. I would love to also hear from the wives of men with prostate cancer. I'm trying to be supportive and accomadating, but I feel that he is in denial about a lot of things. I would appreciate in advice. Thank you'll in advance. You'll have truly been a blessing. I will continue to keep you'll in my prayers. How long does it normally take for radiation to be scheduled after the planning scan. I'm also a little confused. I understand that many of you have had surgery followed my radiation. Why was surgery necessary if you still had to go through radiation. Sorry, if it seems like a dumb question.

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Date Joined Apr 2009
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   Posted 1/6/2010 10:23 PM (GMT -6)   
As far as appetite there isn't much to go on -- have you considered depression as a cause. I've been on antidepressants since shortly after my diagnosis and I believe they are a help.

As to radiation after surgery, it is generally done because the path report shows cancer beyond the prostate -- in lymph nodes, seminal vesicles, or just positive margins.
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

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