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   Posted 2/17/2010 9:39 AM (GMT -6)   
Question-- I am in the early stages waiting to make a treatment decision and doing my due diligence, second opinions, scans etc....Is there any chance that with stressful physical activity I can knock ca cells loose to travel? Sorry if this is a lame question--- thanks
age 55, married, kids and grandkids
2008 psa 4.7
2010 psa 5.2
biopsy 2-10 -- 3 of 12 samples positive ca
location rt apex
waiting for second opinion and prostascint scan and treatment... scared.

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   Posted 2/17/2010 10:26 AM (GMT -6)   
Never say never but I'm having a hard time figuring out what you'd have to do to "knock" something loose. Any knocking would likely put you way, way out of the game, mewing in a tight ball in the corner. wink
Your prostate is well away from any straining muscles from normal activity. Your body is set up to handle the stray cell that doesn't belong. If it wasn't, we'd all dead years ago, long before we could worry about PCa.
Getting physically fit before treatment is more likely to help your recovery. I exercised regularly and lost seven pounds before I went in. I suspect others will tell you the same (or wish they could).

Oh, and you have every right to be scared. I don't remember any of this being in the handbook when I signed up at birth.
Diagnosed at 54
PSA 8.7 Biopsy 1/7/09
4 of 6 cores positive, one at 90%
Gleason 3+4=7 Neg bone scan 1/15/09
One shot Lupron Depot 1/27/09 Tax Season
RP 4/29/09
Neg lymph nodes, postive seminal vesicle, 1 positive margin
Gleason 3+4=7 with tertiary 5
Catheter out at 2 weeks no nighttime incontinence Pad free week 5
PSA 6/6/09 <0.1 PSA 9/10/09 <0.1

James C.
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   Posted 2/17/2010 10:34 AM (GMT -6)   
I can't imagine how cells could come loose or migrate or such as a direct result of physical activity of any type. As we say, use this time to get as physically fit as you can, your surgery and recovery will be easier if you do. Unless you're looking for any excuse to avoid exercising.... devil smilewinkgrin tongue If so, that's a good approach---not likely but good idea, nonetheless... tongue
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
32 mts: PSA's: .04 each test since surgery, ED Continues-Bimix .3ml PRN or Trimix .15ml PRN

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   Posted 2/17/2010 2:51 PM (GMT -6)   
Hey I have had the same thought a time or two during exercise, but have never seen anything to suggest that is possible.
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
Starting IMRT on 1/18/10
Great family and friends

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   Posted 2/17/2010 3:01 PM (GMT -6)   
I think a big NO is the answer to your question. And there are no lame questions with PC, better to ask then not to ask.
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: 1/10 .12
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 43 days, 1/19 - Corr Surgery #4,  Caths #11 and #12 in at the same time, 2/8-Cath #11 out - 21 days

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   Posted 2/17/2010 5:15 PM (GMT -6)   
Getting in better shape before treatment (surgery or radiation) is well worth the effort, and my doctor tried to promote it. It will be harder to get back into shape after. James could be talking about me - I had a bunch of other 'issues' that made exercise a distant last priority in the weeks before surgery. Not an omission that I seriously regret, but knowing now what I didn't know then, I should have bumped physical preparation at least one notch further up the priority list, and dumped some things that mattered to others, but not so much to me.

Reasonable exercise won't do much but good. It might help you sleep better as well.
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