Mel, why are you concerned about
me posting? I find that insulting. It's not a contest here who can post the most or the least, I do as I please with posting, its an outlet for me, and as a writer, its my natural medium. If you feel you need to take a break away from here, then that is your choice, might do you some good. Several of us have done that over time, including myself. I took a break myself, mostly to get a hold of myself, and come back to terms with my own situation.
Much of what you wrote, comes with the word Cancer. Cancer is a scary thing to deal with. And unlike some cancers that are nice and go away easily, PC is more determined to stay in our lives, despite primary and secondary treatments.
I agree with James C, at least wait to get the PSA before worrying about
it being bad. It may be wonderful and you may be right in the zero club. PC is funny like that, we have men with bad pathology reports, worse than yours, that pull zero after zero. We got guys with clean in theory pathology reports that jump right into recurrance. Until facts tell you diffferently, I wouldn't assume anything.
Right now, I am still dealing with the never ending catheter/bladder neck blockage saga. When is it going to end? Beats me. Even beats my doctor at this point It may turn out to be a perm issue, with some men it does. Also, I am waiting anxiously till April to get a second reading on my PSA after my salvage radiation. We all want to see a downturn: myself, my family, my medical team. But there is nothing I can do between now and then but wait and get busy on other things in my life.
If my post SRT PSA goes up, I only really have two choices, I either let nature take its course, being out of curative approaches, or I turn to the HT route, that many men are on, and many men have good sucess with. My current feeling has been the same all along, I dont want to go that path. But until I am physically faced with having to make that choice, if it comes to that, I can't swear on the Bible how I will answer in the end. I am only 57 years old, and aside from PC, I am in good health.
Definitely doesn''t pay to worry yourself or others to death over what hasn't happened yet. I am learning more about
that myself over time.
David in SC
57, 56 dx, PSA: 7/07 5.8, 7/08 12.3, 9/08 14.5, 10/08 16.33rd Biopsy
: 9/08 - 7/7 Positive, 40-90% Cancer, Gleason 4+3Open RP:
11/08, Rht nerves saved, 4 days in hospt, on catheters for 63 days, 5th one out 1/09Path 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