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compiler
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   Posted 3/1/2010 10:15 AM (GMT -6)   
I admire those of you who can have "cancer free days." I am looking forward to joining that club. I think it will come as an adjunct to joining the Zero Club.
 
Mel

63 years old . PSA-- 3/08--2.90; 8/09--4.01; 11/09--4.19 (Free PSA 24%),  after 45 days on cipro! DREs have always been normal. PCA-3

Biopsy on 11/30/09. 5 out of 12 cores positive. Gleason 4+3. 2 cores were 3+3 (one 5% and the other 30%) on one side. On  other side:2 cores are 4+3 (5%)--1 core 3+4 (30%) no peri-neural invasion. prostate is 45 grams. Stage: T1C.  

Surgery with Dr. Menon at Ford Hospital, 1/26/10. He says all looked good. Spared nerves. Unfortunately: Pathology Report: G 4+3 (65%-35%). Cancer in 15% of gland. Lymph Nodes: Clear.  Perineural Invasion: yes. Seminal Vessical Involvement: No.  Extraprostatic Extension: yes.  Positive Margin: Yes-- focal-- 1 spot .5mm. Final Weight is 52.7 gms. 

 Incontinence: joined that club-- definite leaks—1 pad/day. Night is dry, was  using 1 pad at night for security, but pretty much dispensed with that most nights. Update: no pads at night. No pads while at home, but still very uncomfortable. Use 1 pad for out-of-house activities.

Next Event: First post-op PSA on 3/2/10


Casey59
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   Posted 3/1/2010 10:41 AM (GMT -6)   

I think we’ve created such a build-up to the “Zero Club” that the anxiety is perpetuated here. 

Everyone, no matter where they are at with their battle, needs and deserves “cancer-free days."

 


addendum:

The discussion of "cancer-free days" comes from another recent thread (http://www.healingwell.com/community/default.aspx?f=35&m=1732354).  The intent is to give yourself, and your family, a much needed break from the psychological burden of being a cancer patient by consciously keeping it out of your discussions for a day.  No talking about cancer, no reading about cancer, no writing about cancer (including visiting sites like this).  Share with your spouse that "today is a 'cancer-free' day", then take advantage and do something different.  Try once per week, or more.

 

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Post Edited (Casey59) : 3/1/2010 10:13:35 AM (GMT-7)


Cajun Jeff
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   Posted 3/1/2010 11:33 AM (GMT -6)   
Even being in the zero club does not guarantee cancer-free days. I must say that in this 16 months there have been very few days that I dont think about PC. Most of the time it is emphasised with the lack of erection on demand. Or for that matter lack of moning wood.

Jeff T
Jeff T Age 57

9/08 PSA 5.4, referred to Urologist
9/08 Biopsy: GS 3/4=7
10/08 Nerve sparing open RRP- Path Report: GS 3+3=7 Stg. pT2c, margins clear
3 mts: PSA .05 undetectable

10th month PSA <0.01
1year psa <0.01
ED- 5 mg Cialis daily, pump daily, going to try MUSE next. Next step injections.
15 months out injections Caveject (success)


Worried Guy
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   Posted 3/1/2010 11:40 AM (GMT -6)   
Having a pee pad stuffed into every pocket, car storage compartment, and bathroom nook and cranny, is also a constant reminder.
I used to carry a change of clothes in case I had to go to a surprise meeting. Now it's in case I have a surprise wetting.
While awake, the longest I can go without thinking of PCa is 4 hours - one full guard worth.

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   Posted 3/1/2010 11:45 AM (GMT -6)   
morning wood? Oh, you mean mourning wood - that event that is gone ...

Purgatory
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   Posted 3/1/2010 12:00 PM (GMT -6)   
with a catheter still coming out of me almost 16 months after surgery, and having recurrance already happened causing the SRT to be needed, no way I can fool myself. I am still a cancer patient.
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


compiler
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   Posted 3/1/2010 12:01 PM (GMT -6)   
Thank you all for validating my poit.
 
Still, for me, I think a good PSA will allow me to exhale. At least it will be a 3-month reprieve. But, I agree that we look down and see some sad reminders!
 
Mel

63 years old . PSA-- 3/08--2.90; 8/09--4.01; 11/09--4.19 (Free PSA 24%),  after 45 days on cipro! DREs have always been normal. PCA-3

Biopsy on 11/30/09. 5 out of 12 cores positive. Gleason 4+3. 2 cores were 3+3 (one 5% and the other 30%) on one side. On  other side:2 cores are 4+3 (5%)--1 core 3+4 (30%) no peri-neural invasion. prostate is 45 grams. Stage: T1C.  

Surgery with Dr. Menon at Ford Hospital, 1/26/10. He says all looked good. Spared nerves. Unfortunately: Pathology Report: G 4+3 (65%-35%). Cancer in 15% of gland. Lymph Nodes: Clear.  Perineural Invasion: yes. Seminal Vessical Involvement: No.  Extraprostatic Extension: yes.  Positive Margin: Yes-- focal-- 1 spot .5mm. Final Weight is 52.7 gms. 

 Incontinence: joined that club-- definite leaks—1 pad/day. Night is dry, was  using 1 pad at night for security, but pretty much dispensed with that most nights. Update: no pads at night. No pads while at home, but still very uncomfortable. Use 1 pad for out-of-house activities.

Next Event: First post-op PSA on 3/2/10


Purgatory
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   Posted 3/1/2010 12:07 PM (GMT -6)   
mel,

its that red tube coming out of my stomach area that keeps reminding me, along with a tug on the leg bag. my "wee one" is one of the few highlights in my twisted journey, he still works on demand just like he did in the old days, all natural. only difference, he doesn't spit up anymore, just dry heaves.
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


James C.
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   Posted 3/1/2010 1:27 PM (GMT -6)   
I can honestly say that if I didn't come here daily, I would go days/weeks without thinking about it. I am very fortunate that I had an almost perfect recovery , less the erections, but have become so used to not having them, that problem is just one of many that is the background white noise of my life now. Now that I am on 6 months psa checks, I don't really have anything to tie me to it, and as I said, I am very fortunate....
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


Casey59
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   Posted 3/1/2010 2:08 PM (GMT -6)   
James, glad to hear. "Cancer free days" are specifically for guys who are 'having trouble turning it off.'  Many of the guys here are less than 2.5 years post treatment without lingering issues (which is where you describe you are at), so your comment that the cancer experience is merely "background noise" now should be inspiring to others not yet there.
 
For those guys who are not yet to the point of life balance you have achieved, "cancer-free days" might be something they could benefit from, and something their families would appreciate...

Post Edited (Casey59) : 3/1/2010 2:07:59 PM (GMT-7)


Purgatory
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   Posted 3/1/2010 2:23 PM (GMT -6)   
James, my friend, you are most fortunate in that aspect, I am still hoping and dreaming of perhaps reaching that point in the doable future.
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


James C.
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   Posted 3/1/2010 3:45 PM (GMT -6)   
Casey, I wasn't discounting or anything any of my brothers who are still in the grips of the disease and battle. I think each person here needs to make a conscious effort to do exactly as you suggest- step away for a little while. Not always possible, but with some planning, it can become less focused on the disease. Just declaring to yourself and those aroumd you "today I and we are gonna have a cancer-free day' will help yourself and those around you to learn to focus on other things. If for just a little while, just turn the computer off, go take in a movie or a walk or something to get your thought redirected to the outwards rather than the inward.
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


Ed C. (Old67)
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   Posted 3/1/2010 3:58 PM (GMT -6)   
I don't think I have any cancer free days although, some days are worse than others. The week prior to my PSA test is always the a bad one. On those days PCa never leaves my mind. The best days are after a good zero report.
Age: 67 at Dx on 12/30/08
PSA 9/05 1.15; 8/06 1.45; 12/07 2.41; 8/08 3.9; 11/08 3.5 free PSA 11%
2 cores out of 12 were positive Gleason (4+4) and (4+5)
Negative CT scan and bone scan done on 1/16
Robotic surgery performed 2/9/09 Dr Fagin, Austin TX
Pathology report:
Prostate weighed 57 grams size:5.2 x 5.0 x 4.9 cm
Posterior lateral lesions measuring 1.5 x 1.4 x 1.0 cm showing focal capsular penetration over a distance of 3mm in circumference.
Prostatic adenocarciroma accounts for approx. 10-20% of the hemisphere.
Gleason 4+4
both nerve bundles removed,
pT3a Nx Mx, Negative margins
seminal vesicles clean, lymph nodes: not dissected
continent after 4 months
8 weeks PSA test 4/7/09 result <0.1
5 months PSA test 7/9/09 result <0.1
8 months PSA test 10/9/09 result <0.1
11.5 months test 1/21/10 result 0.004


goodlife
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   Posted 3/1/2010 4:15 PM (GMT -6)   
I find it a lot harder to turn it off when I 'm sitting around home , playing on the net, browsing HW, reading Johns hopkins bulletins etc.

For those who can do it, get out of the house, off the computer, away from all of this stuff. Go to a movie, hockey game, museum, whatevr floats your boat. At least you can get a few hours. I think each time you get out of the zone, you progressively get a little more time.

Had a wonderful time at the Olymics. Yes the ganes were great. But the greatest thing was being able to not think about my next PSA, etc. etc.

Ok, gotta go now !
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 injection
No pads, 1/1/10,  9 month PSA < .01


t-dog
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   Posted 3/1/2010 4:46 PM (GMT -6)   
I guess i`m lucky that i can seem to turn it off and go on. Obviously none of our lives will ever be the same but i try not to let that reality be the focus of my thinking. Life is beautiful folks, there are to many beers to drink, jokes to laugh at, hot women to stare at, golf balls that need to be hit, races to be won, life to be lived. My body has betrayed me and it sucks but as long as theres life in me i going to consider myself a survivor. Tim
Dx at 50 in 12/09 Merry Christmas its cancer....
3 of 12 positive, right side only, psa at dx 2.6 free%14
gleason 3+3=6
routine physical, no symptoms
Da Vinci performed Feb 2k10 by Dr Marc Milsten [hes got mad skills]
99% continent from cath out, mr happy fully functional at 2 weeks out!
path showed same gleeson with no other blips other than one slight margin, organ confined 20% right, 5%left, 34grams
 
 


compiler
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   Posted 3/1/2010 5:03 PM (GMT -6)   

I know before I had the surgery, I worked until the last possible day and that helped a LOT. I rarely thought about PC while at work.

 

I go back to work on the 9th.

 

Mel


63 years old . PSA-- 3/08--2.90; 8/09--4.01; 11/09--4.19 (Free PSA 24%),  after 45 days on cipro! DREs have always been normal. PCA-3

Biopsy on 11/30/09. 5 out of 12 cores positive. Gleason 4+3. 2 cores were 3+3 (one 5% and the other 30%) on one side. On  other side:2 cores are 4+3 (5%)--1 core 3+4 (30%) no peri-neural invasion. prostate is 45 grams. Stage: T1C.  

Surgery with Dr. Menon at Ford Hospital, 1/26/10. He says all looked good. Spared nerves. Unfortunately: Pathology Report: G 4+3 (65%-35%). Cancer in 15% of gland. Lymph Nodes: Clear.  Perineural Invasion: yes. Seminal Vessical Involvement: No.  Extraprostatic Extension: yes.  Positive Margin: Yes-- focal-- 1 spot .5mm. Final Weight is 52.7 gms. 

 Incontinence: joined that club-- definite leaks—1 pad/day. Night is dry, was  using 1 pad at night for security, but pretty much dispensed with that most nights. Update: no pads at night. No pads while at home, but still very uncomfortable. Use 1 pad for out-of-house activities.

Next Event: First post-op PSA on 3/2/10


rob2
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   Posted 3/2/2010 6:19 AM (GMT -6)   
Mel. like James C, I am progressing well. However, I think about pc a good bit. While I am at work and/or staying busy, I do not think about it. When I get a back ache or something, I always wonder if it something serious. I am getting better but I am a muli-task worrier.
 
Age 49
occupation accountant
PSA increased from 2.6 to 3.5 in one year
biopsy march 2008 - cancer present gleason 7
Robotic Surgery May 9, 2008 - houston, tx
Pathology report -gleason 8, clear margins
20 month  PSA <.04 (low as the machine will go)
continent at 10 weeks (no pads!)
ED is still an issue but getting better


Casey59
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   Posted 3/2/2010 6:50 AM (GMT -6)   
Purgatory said...
with a catheter still coming out of me almost 16 months after surgery, and having recurrance already happened causing the SRT to be needed, no way I can fool myself. I am still a cancer patient.

 
I'm pleased to see through various postings that others are accepting/appreciative of the notion of "cancer-free days" in their lives, and are adopting (or have already adopted) similar approaches to help mitigate the psychological burdens bestowed upon us.
 
David, perhaps more than all others here, you my friend (and your family) may need and benefit from a periodic "cancer-free day."  You have earned it.  Best wishes today, David, on your latest in a long series of medical procedures as you fight to regain post PC treatment normalacy in your life.

Post Edited (Casey59) : 3/2/2010 6:02:28 AM (GMT-7)


Sunbird
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   Posted 3/2/2010 7:46 AM (GMT -6)   
Yup.....a little pain here, a little ache there, and you're thinking, uh oh, has my Pca returned in another location? They have a couple names for this line of thinking....Canceritis or Post Cancer Syndrome, and I've dealt with these thoughts since 1996 in respect to my colon cancer. Fortunately, over time, these thoughts diminish with positive blood work values etc. However, with a recent diagnosis of Pca, Canceritis and Post Cancer Syndrome are back to visit on a daily basis once again.
1996, Age 48, Stage III Colon Ca, Colon Resection followed by 18 chemo treatments.
 
2000, Colon Ca Metastasis to upper left lung lobe.  Lung lobe surgically removed.  24 chemo treatments scheduled.  Took 1, declined the rest.
 
9/08 PSA is 2.8, 12/08 PSA is 4.56??  Chalk it up to prostatitis due to urinary retention after Nissen Fundo Surgery.  VA docs prescribe 30 days of Septra.  Prostate feels normal.  PSA hovers around 4.1.  VA docs want prostate biopsy but can't seem to get me into the schedule.  Continue through Spring and Fall of 2009 thinking I have prostatitis.  Bacteria cultures are always neg.  PSA drops to 3.1 10/09.
 
12/09 Prostate Biopsy performed
3 of 10 cores positive, 5%, 25%, & 35%, 3 + 3= Gleason Six with perineural invasion.
 
Doc wants CT Scan due to prior Colon Ca. Findings: "The seminal vesicles are irregular & there is nodularity in the periprostatic fat such that local extension cannot be excluded.  Shotty lymph nodes in both groin measuring 2.3 cm."
 
Doc wants Endo-rectal MRI (OUCH!) Findings: Mild central zone BPH, no discrete focus of carcinoma is identified, no evidience of invasion into the periprostatic fat or seminal vesicles.  Normal size iliac chain lymph nodes.
 
2/08/10 Open RP surgery.  Findings: Gleason Six upgraded to Seven.  3 + 4, Stage pT2c, Bilateral w/perineural invasion, No pos lymph nodes,  margins uninvolved, no extraprostatic extension, no seminal vesicle extension,  39 grams, blood loss 1200 ml (didn't want a transfusion & didn't get one) nerve bundles spared bilaterally.  current age-61


English Alf
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   Posted 3/3/2010 4:12 AM (GMT -6)   
I agree with Goodlife

Most of the time I feel like I am just alive rather than living. (But I'm still quite grateful to be alive.)

I find music helps take me away from it.

There is also a difference between spending a lot of time thinking about the position you find yourself in as opposed to sitting around worrying about it.

I'm also pleased that I don't seem to be lying awake at night with PCa on my mind.

Cancer-free minutes and hours are fine for now.

Alfred

Purgatory
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   Posted 3/3/2010 8:27 AM (GMT -6)   
Casey, it's not like I am incapable of experiencing what you speak about.

Last spring, around this time, I was doing so much better. For about 4 months, I was cath free, I was healing well from my open surgery, rarely had pains at all, was fully continent, and had no ED. Shortly after, my wife and I made our memory lane trip to Florida. It was wonderful. We came back and purchased a vintage RV, which I spent the spring and early summer restoring. I was just beginning to feel I had my life back. Now when I look back, those were the good times.

From July of last year, till now, it's been one PC related thing after the next. Just woke up, sitting here typng with 2 catheters gnawing at my lower regions, and pain too much to ease with an advil, and t hey told me not to take them anyway because of the bleeding. I am now a month away from my 2nd post SRT PSA reading.

So you can see the contrast in my life, I am thankful for those few months that I was all but ok, and I am hoping and praying that somehow I can work my way back to at least that existence. Right now, unfortunately, I am still in the midst of my battle, not time for R&R like when I was in the Military. Hoping in a month or two tops, to be on the good side of things again.

So for me: cancer free day(s) or mind set - is simply based on my current reality at the time. Every person here absorbed things differently.

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, no problem post SRT
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  same time, 2/8-Cath #11 out - 21 days, 3/2- Cath #12 out - 41 days, 3/2- Corr Surgery #5, Caths #13 & #14 same time


JoeFL
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   Posted 3/3/2010 8:31 AM (GMT -6)   
This has been an interesting string. Like many others on HW, I am still in treatment....I leave in 30 minutes for IGRT #13 of 25. Despite that, I have surprised myself by being able to isolate the PC fight as just one part of my life. I find that if I continue to walk, read, fish, do my volunteer work, etc. , I am able to forget about it and concentrate on enjoying my day. 
 
I worried for a while about spending too much time on HW....would it make me think about it too much? The answer for me has been no. Instead, it just increases my knowedge and puts me in a better position to help educate others.
 
I would have put myself in the worrier category before I got in this club. Maybe age and the realization that, PC or no PC, I only have so much time left and should make the most of it has enabled me to keep it in some perspective. Hope all of you can find some way to "escape" as often as you can.

Age -67 PSA - 4.5

Biopsy  (9/4/09) - Positive in 5 of 8 cores. In those 5 cores, 5 of 11 samples were positive. Gleason 3+3=6. Stage – T1C  Ct and Bone scans negative.

 

BT performed on 12/11/09. 84 seeds of Palladium 103. Surgery at 7:30 - Home at 12:30 same day with no catheter. Blood in urine for a week. Side effects as expected -  some burning, frequency, urgency.   Resumed daily  1 ½ mile walk after 3 days. Side effects have subsided some in the last week.

 

BT followed with 25 IGRT treatments beginning Feb 15 (4500 Gy's). 

 

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