Hello again, rigagirl,
I'm 67 now --- check back in a couple of weeks and I'll be 68 --- and have been living with the knowledge I have cancer for a year now. It may be gone, it may not be. I can understand your dad having trouble thinking the doctors are stopping talking cure, and instead talking of beating it back.
I've no idea of what the long term success rate is with HT, but the few people I've known on it have pretty much all died in their beds of something else --- what used to be called 'old age' on the death certificates. As we get older, your dad and I, we come face to face with our mortality and it's difficult to accept that these bodies we've lovingly nurtured with extract of hops, ryr, wheat and sugar cane --- all the great food groups in liquid form --- are giving up on us. One of the problems us PCa guys have is that we know about
the PCa and so we're focused on that when, fact is, it's likely the cancer we don't know about
, or our plugged arteries, or the weak vein in our brain waiting to pop that's the real threat.
I don't want to make light of your dad's situation, or the possibility that it might be quite serious (I just don't have a clue) but I do think that if he's able to put this risk into perspective with other risks he may start to walk down the street as I do, looking at other men my age, and realizing that a lot of them are carrying around and growing prostate cancers, and they don't even know it. I suspect I'm in way better shape than they are, and your dad too. We've both got doctors watching over us and treatments and drugs to take to beat back the beast. Those other guys don't have this going for them.
I hope you'll keep writing and letting us know how your dad --- and yourself --- are doing.
Sheldon AKA Sleepless
Age 67 in Apil '09 at news of 4 of 12 cores positive T2B and Gleason 3 + 3 and 5% to 25% PSA 1.5
Re-read of slides in June said Gleason 3 + 4 same four cores 5% to 15%
June 29 daVinci prostatectomy, Dr. Eric Estey, at Royal Alexandra Hospital Edmonton one night stay
From "knock out" to wake up in recovery less than two hours. Actual surgery 70 minutes
Flew home to Winnipeg on July 3 after 5 nights in Ramada Inn --- perfect recovery spot!
Catheter out July 9
Final pathology is 3 + 4 Gleason 7, clear margins, clear nodes, T2C, sugeron says report is "excellent"
First post op PSA Sept 09 less than 0.02
PSA on Oct 23 test again less than 0.02
PSA on Jan 8 less than 0.02
Oct 1st 09 -- dry at night, during day some stress issues.
Oct 31st padless 24/7
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