Sonny and the latest update - From the Medical Oncologist

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Sonny3
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   Posted 4/12/2010 9:19 PM (GMT -6)   
Howdy sports fans,

Thought it might be time to update on the continuation of my journey through the PCa jungle.

Met with the Medical Oncologist today after the referral from my Rad Oncologist.

Lynn and I both went to see what he had to say. Kinda knew before hand, but needed to make it official.

He is a real nice guy and seemed to be very informed. Then the conversation took a turn and he became very foul-mouthed.

Started using words like, Lupron and Casodex. Really put me off. LOL

With three rising PSA tests following surgery and then 2 more rises after radiation, I didn't need a medical degree to know what the next recommendation would be. Just didn't want to hear it. I have been pretty vocal here about my reluctance to do HT. I told Lynn recently that the Dr. would have to tell me that I would not outlive her before I would seriously consider it.

He wants to do another PSA test 30 days from the last one and then another two weeks following. He wants to get a read on the velocity of the rise. So I'll follow his lead on that and do the next two PSA tests. In addition he wants to do a more current bone scan. The last one I had done was in July 09 when I was diagnosed.

Wants to do it a little differently though. Rather than the standard Scan with the radioactive dye he wants to do a Sodium Fluoride PET Scan. He said there is a nation wide shortage of the radioactive stuff and the SF Pet Scan is a hundred times more sensitive and accurate anyway. He said the only drawback is the Insurance Companies reluctance to approve it because of the expense. He said they have been having some success though because of the shortage. We scheduled it and will wait to see what the Insurance company has to say.

So the game plan is 2 more PSA tests. A SF Pet Scan and a torso MRI. Then we will see what's next. Really don't want to do the HT thing and hope the PSA tests and scans will allow that to not be part of my vocabulary for a while.

Looks like I am becoming the poster child for continued use of all that is available to fight PCa. Surgery, Radiation, new fangaled scans and HT. What the hell is next?

Sonny
60 years old when diagnosed
PSA 11/07 3.0
PSA 5/09 6.4
Diagnosis confirmed July 9, 2009
12 Needle Biopsy = 9 clear , 3 postive
Gleason Score (3+4) 7 in all positive cores
da Vinci 9/17/09
Post Surgery Pathology: GS 4+3=7
Stage: T3a
Tumor Volume 12.5%
positive margin, extra-prostatic extension
30 day PSA 0.4, 50 day psa 0.53, 64 day psa 0.6
IMRT completed 1/15/10 35 treatments- 70Gy

2/24/10 FIRST POST RAD PSA 1.1---CARRRP --waiting for the next test.

Post Edited (Sonny3) : 4/12/2010 9:22:09 PM (GMT-6)


spottydog10
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   Posted 4/12/2010 9:26 PM (GMT -6)   
Sonny,
Sorry to hear of your updated situation.
All the best to you and Lynn,
Mike
Age 51
PSA 5.5  june 09
biopsy july 09 gleason 3+3 = 6   5% and 50% in 2 of 12 cores
robotic prostatectomy nov 7 prostate weight 45gm
path report due 8 jan 10
post op psa 22/12/09, 0.04
no incontinence after 7 days
total ed

 


Sonny3
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   Posted 4/12/2010 9:32 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks Mike, hope things are going well for you.

Sonny
60 years old when diagnosed
PSA 11/07 3.0
PSA 5/09 6.4
Diagnosis confirmed July 9, 2009
12 Needle Biopsy = 9 clear , 3 postive
Gleason Score (3+4) 7 in all positive cores
da Vinci 9/17/09
Post Surgery Pathology: GS 4+3=7
Stage: T3a
Tumor Volume 12.5%
positive margin, extra-prostatic extension
30 day PSA 0.4, 50 day psa 0.53, 64 day psa 0.6
IMRT completed 1/15/10 35 treatments- 70Gy

2/24/10 FIRST POST RAD PSA 1.0---CARRRP --waiting for the next test.
3/22/10 Second Post RAD PSA 1.5 Dammmmnnn stubborn son of a gun


tatt2man
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   Posted 4/13/2010 4:54 AM (GMT -6)   
Sonny and Lynn - even with all the CARP going on, you continue to keep your head about water and have clear thoughts - so sorry to hear about the rising numbers and wish you all the best for finding the right mix and fix for you -
-hugs to you both -
BRONSON
.................
Age: 54 - gay - with common-law spouse of 13 years, Steve - 60
PSA: 04/2007- 1.68 - 08/2009 - 3.46 - 10/2009 - 3.86
Confirmation of Prostate Cancer: October 16, 2009 - 6 of 12 cancerous samples , Gleason 7 (4+3)
Doctor: Dr. Mohamed Elharram -Urologist / Surgeon - Peterborough Regional Health Centre
Radical Prostatectomy Operation: November 18, 2009 , home - November 21, 2009
Post Surgery Biopsy: pT3a- gleason 7 - extraprostatic extension - perineural invasion - prostate weight - 34.1gm -
ED Prescription: Jan 8/2010 - started daily 5mg cialis - girth back to normal -but not much length - will go for trimix in April when I see doc
Incontinence: Feb 2010- 3-5 pads/1-2 clothes changes/day- March 3, 2010 - week 14 after surgery -finally seeing improvement - March 29- incontinence better - 1-2 pads a day - one pad at night
location: Peteborough, Ontario, Canada
Post Surgery-PSA: - April 8, 2010 - 0.05 - I am in the ZERO CLUB - hooorah!
............


60Michael
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   Posted 4/13/2010 5:12 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanks so much for the update Sonny as there are not many days that you and Lynn are not in my thoughts. Yes, I hate it when Dr's become foul mouthed like that, but he has his game on and seems to know what he is doing. Does this put off your travels? Will keep the two of you in our prayers and keep us posted Sonny.
Michael
Dx with PCA 12/08 2 out of 12 cores positive 4.5 psa
59 yo when diagnosed, 61 yo 2010
Robotic surgery 5/09 Atlanta, Ga
Catheter out after 10 days
Gleason upgraded to 3+5, volume less than 10%
2 pads per day, 1 depends but getting better,
 started ED tx 7/17, slow go
Post op dx of neuropathy
T2C left lateral and left posterior margins involved
3 months psa.01, 6 month psa.4, 6 1/2 month psa.5
Starting IMRT on 1/18/10, Completed 39 tx at 72 gys on 3/12/10
Great family and friends
Michael


lewvino
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   Posted 4/13/2010 6:26 AM (GMT -6)   
Keep us updated as you do. You mentioned new fangled scans and what is next? At My first appointment with doc after being diagnosed and he laid out the initial road map of treatment options....I asked him well at least you haven't mentioned the Hippo dung mixed with Alligator pee to try and cure this. The Doc broke out laughing while my wife rolled her eyes. Doc said believe me I've heard about every 'new fangled' shot in the dark treatment there is and people try some weird stuff.

I think you need about a 2000 mile road trip in that motor home to cure you!

Keep in touch,
Larry
Age 55 / age at diagnosis 54, PSA 5.1
Robotic surgery 08/12/09 at Vanderbilt, Nashville TN. 
Final Path report:
20% of the prostate Involved
Tumor graded at T2C
Overall Gleason 3+4 (7)
Lymph Glands Clear, Positive Margin Noted in Right Apex
 
First post Surgery PSA - 0
Six month PSA - 0


Sephie
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   Posted 4/13/2010 6:31 AM (GMT -6)   
Sonny, glad to see that you are maintaining your wonderful sense of humor. Yes, the PET scan is much more thorough - have known a few people who had this. Certainly sounds like your oncologist is a one-step-at-a-time kinda guy.

John and I wish you and your beautiful wife happy outcomes.
Husband diagnosed in 2/2008 at age 57 with stage T1c. Robotic surgery performed 3/2008. Stage upgraded to T3a (solitary focus of extraprostatic extension). Perineural tumor infiltration present. Apex margin, bladder neck and SVs negative. Final Gleason 3+4. PSA: 0.0 til July 2009. August 2009 - 0.1, September 0.3, October back to 0.0, December 0.0, March 2010 0.0. Next PSA in 6 months. Thank you God!


Purgatory
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   Posted 4/13/2010 6:41 AM (GMT -6)   
Sonny, my friend.

Sorry to hear its not going in the right direction for you. Your PC has a mind and plan of its own. You have done the right things so far, and on it marches onward. Sounds like a good medical plan for now, not going to hurt a thing to follow that testing plan. As far as beyond that, we have talked, and you already have my support in whatever you do or don't do in the future.

I had been concerned about not hearing from you in so long, so glad you posted.

As usual, give my special best to Lynn. You guys have way too much on your shoulders, you need a real break.

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, 4/8 .04
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, 3/6 Cath #13 out - 4 days, Cath #14 out - 27 days, Cath #15 - 3/29


Jerry1
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   Posted 4/13/2010 7:43 AM (GMT -6)   
 
Sonny,
 
Glad to hear from you and sorry to hear about the numbers.  I also agree on the HT thing not something I want to do either.  I am waiting till June for my first PSA but not to optimistic about the results.  I would prefer not knowing and just letting this thing run its course but MJ will not hear of it so I guess I will be going the testing route also.  I have read in Dr. Walsh's book and talk to a medical oncologist at the cancer center I go to and they feel that starting HT early or waiting until something is seen on a scan has no difference in survival rate and better quality of life because sometimes it takes 8 to 10 years before something is even seen sometimes longer.  I am a Gleason 8 so not sure just how agressive my cancer is but also very reluctant to start HT.  Would like to know what you doctor thinks about Dr. Walsh's theory.
 
Good luck on your test.
 
Jerry1 
Age 70
DX 8/13/08 , PSA 4.0, Biopsy 14 samples 1 positive 12% of sample,
Gleason Score 4+4 =8  Bone scan and MRI negative
Da Vince surgery on Oct 17, 08 Florida Hospital Dr Vipul Patel
Post Gleason report  4+4 = 8 Lymph nodes on both sides negative
margins Negative  Stage II (pt2a) 
Cath out on October 29th left in longer due to small leak.
11/19/08 dry no more pads
12/2/08 first PSA <0.1
 3/6/09 6 Month PSA 0.0
6/3/09 9 month  PSA 0.1
7/14/09  PSA still 0.1
10/15/09 PSA 0.3
10/26/09 surgery to remove 3 clips in bladder neck  
11/16/09 PSA 0.3
12/14/09 PSA 0.4 
12/28/09 PSA 0.5
Start salvage radiation treatments on January 18th. 
Finished IMRT


James C.
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   Posted 4/13/2010 8:28 AM (GMT -6)   
Sonny, you know we all will stand here behind you in good times or bad, so we got you covered, friend..
James C. Age 63
Gonna Make Myself A Better Man www.youtube.com/watch?v=a6cX61oNsRQ&feature=channel
4/07: PSA 7.6, Recheck after 4 weeks Cipro-6.7
7/07 Biopsy: 3 of 16 PCa, 5% invloved, left lobe, GS3+3=6
9/07: Nerve Sparing open RRP, 110gms, Path Report- Stg. pT2c, 10 gms., margins clear
32 Months: PSA's .04 each test since surgery, ED continues: Bimix- .3ml PRN, Trimix- .15ml PRN


Sonny3
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   Posted 4/13/2010 9:22 AM (GMT -6)   
Thank you everyone for your continued support. As I have said too many times to recount, you folks are the best. This is not a trip that any of us can make alone and the support I receive here makes the trip a little easier.

Lynn and I value you folks so much more than you will ever know.

Sonny
60 years old when diagnosed
PSA 11/07 3.0
PSA 5/09 6.4
Diagnosis confirmed July 9, 2009
12 Needle Biopsy = 9 clear , 3 postive
Gleason Score (3+4) 7 in all positive cores
da Vinci 9/17/09
Post Surgery Pathology: GS 4+3=7
Stage: T3a
Tumor Volume 12.5%
positive margin, extra-prostatic extension
30 day PSA 0.4, 50 day psa 0.53, 64 day psa 0.6
IMRT completed 1/15/10 35 treatments- 70Gy

2/24/10 FIRST POST RAD PSA 1.0---CARRRP --waiting for the next test.
3/22/10 Second Post RAD PSA 1.5 Dammmmnnn stubborn son of a gun


Ed C. (Old67)
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   Posted 4/13/2010 10:46 AM (GMT -6)   
Sonny,
Sorry to read your last update. Fighting PCa once is never easy and having to fight it multiple times is certainly worse. I wish you the best in your in your next battle.
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


Sonny3
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   Posted 4/13/2010 11:03 AM (GMT -6)   
Thank you Ed. Love your PSA results and continued membership in the Zero club. Hang in there man. Use up my spot in the club as long as you can.

Sonny
60 years old when diagnosed
PSA 11/07 3.0
PSA 5/09 6.4
Diagnosis confirmed July 9, 2009
12 Needle Biopsy = 9 clear , 3 postive
Gleason Score (3+4) 7 in all positive cores
da Vinci 9/17/09
Post Surgery Pathology: GS 4+3=7
Stage: T3a
Tumor Volume 12.5%
positive margin, extra-prostatic extension
30 day PSA 0.4, 50 day psa 0.53, 64 day psa 0.6
IMRT completed 1/15/10 35 treatments- 70Gy

2/24/10 FIRST POST RAD PSA 1.0---CARRRP --waiting for the next test.
3/22/10 Second Post RAD PSA 1.5 Dammmmnnn stubborn son of a gun


polfred
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   Posted 4/13/2010 4:15 PM (GMT -6)   

Sonny,

I am so sorry to hear about your rising numbers.  I am (as always) praying for you and your wife as well as other members of my healing well family.

Best Wishes

Jan

P.S. Hubby is receiving Lupron injections every 3 months.  We now share hot flashes and the ceiling fan together!
Age 59
PSA 9 on-08-09
Given antibiotics for 1 month/
PSA 10 on 10-09
Biopsy 11-18-09-Results 10 of 12 cores positive
CT and Bone scan negative
Diagnosed on 11-20-09
Lupron injection/ 7 dys of casodex on 11-20-09
Markers placed on 12-15-09
Planning scan scheduled 1-18-2010/ 8 wks radiation to follow
 


Sonny3
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   Posted 4/13/2010 6:14 PM (GMT -6)   
Jan,

Thank you for the prayers and blessings.

Next questions are whether your hubby is watching too much of Rachel Ray and is he trying to take over the closet from the shopping trips and shoe purchases. LOL

Sonny
60 years old when diagnosed
PSA 11/07 3.0
PSA 5/09 6.4
Diagnosis confirmed July 9, 2009
12 Needle Biopsy = 9 clear , 3 postive
Gleason Score (3+4) 7 in all positive cores
da Vinci 9/17/09
Post Surgery Pathology: GS 4+3=7
Stage: T3a
Tumor Volume 12.5%
positive margin, extra-prostatic extension
30 day PSA 0.4, 50 day psa 0.53, 64 day psa 0.6
IMRT completed 1/15/10 35 treatments- 70Gy

2/24/10 FIRST POST RAD PSA 1.0---CARRRP --waiting for the next test.
3/22/10 Second Post RAD PSA 1.5 Dammmmnnn stubborn son of a gun


deer hunter
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   Posted 4/13/2010 6:58 PM (GMT -6)   
Sorry about the numbers rising But I like the one about sharing the ceiling fan Miltdav had 4 months of cassdex 2 shots of lupron with chemo in it while on cassdex and taking rad 40 treatements finish Dec 12-09 but I'm still having hot flashes and get tried easy
BEST OF LUCK
DEERHUNTER
dx age 57 01/06 open RP 4/06 psa in 01/06 8.1  surgery path report Gleason 3+4=7 poorly differentiated  tumor was 90%involved in both lobes surgical margins postive. in the right apex and right radial margins tumor grade G3  perineural invasion present high grade of PIN found  T2c NX MX PSA 0706  .01 10/06 .02 01/07 .03 04/07 .04  06/07 .05  07/07 .08 07/07 bone scans pelvic ct neg. 08/07 proscintic scan neg.9/07 psa.10 net with rad onc. wanted to do SRT but i did not do it 10/07  saw a new dr at Emory University [my old dr urg. suggested second opinion ]  bone scans negs ct scans pelvics neg. biopies of the bladder and adrinal glands neg.another proscintic scan neg.12/07 Psa .11 clinial trial Emory injected with protons to try and find the cancer cells no luck 3/08 psa .17 06/08 psa .23 psa 09/08 psa .32 12/08 psa .39 3/09 psa .39 6/09 psa .43  meet with medical onc. he said  i might have waited to long to start SRT 7/09 psa .50  another bone scan ct scan all neg.MRI neg. meet rad. psa the last of 7/09was .55 onc. 7/09 started casdex 50mg 1 day for 30 days 2 shots of lupron started rad treament 10/09 40 treatments 75 gm 12 shots each time all aroud pelvic finished 12/09  psa .07 and psa 01/10.05 next dr visit 03/10 wait and see 3/10 psa.05


polfred
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   Posted 4/13/2010 7:48 PM (GMT -6)   

Sonny,

Not yet, keeping my fingers crossed.  However he has purchased so many tools (his toys), lawn mowers,weed eaters, garden tools, etc (of course it was a bargain he couldn't pass up). He enjoys tinkering with vehicles, he's purchased about 3 that he intendes to turn into classics.  His last project took him almost a year. (rebuilt a 1980 BMW). lol  I am not complaining.  I so thankful that we've gotten past the stage and he is doing ok, so whatever makes him happy is fine with me. He also has Parkinson's, so this helps him stay active and at the same time work on his motor fine motor skills.  He has a colonoscopy scheduled 4-28-10. I'm hoping everything goes well. He had a PSA done the day he finished his treatments. The results came back undetectable. From the information that I have gathered, am I correct in assuming the psa might have been done too soon? He will see the urologist in June. Hope you and your wife have a wonderful evening.

Jan

 


Age 59
PSA 9 on-08-09
Given antibiotics for 1 month/
PSA 10 on 10-09
Biopsy 11-18-09-Results 10 of 12 cores positive
CT and Bone scan negative
Diagnosed on 11-20-09
Lupron injection/ 7 dys of casodex on 11-20-09
Markers placed on 12-15-09
Planning scan scheduled 1-18-2010/ 8 wks radiation to follow
 


BillyMac
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   Posted 4/13/2010 7:55 PM (GMT -6)   
Sonny,
Sorry to read of the latest PSA results. I can well imagine your reluctance to begin HT. I do like your attitude in this battle against this POS disease.
Take care,
Bill
1/05 PSA----2.9 3/06-----3.2 3/07-------4.1 5/07------3.9 All negative DREs
Aged 59 when diagnosed
Biopsy 6/07
4 of 10 cores positive for Adenocarcinoma-------bummer!
Core 1 <5%, core 2----50%, core 3----60%, core 4----50%
Biopsy Pathologist's comment:
Gleason 4+3=7 (80% grade 4) Stage T2c
Neither extracapsular nor perineural invasion is identified
CT scan and Bone scan show no evidence of metastases
Da Vinci RP Aug 10th 2007
Post-op pathology:
Positive for perineural invasion and 1 small focal extension
Negative at surgical margins, negative node and negative vesicle involvement
Some 4+4=8 identified ........upgraded to Gleason 8
PSA Oct 07 <0.1 undetectable
PSA Jan 08 <0.1 undetectable
PSA April 08 <0.001 undetectable (disregarded due to lab "misreporting")
PSA August 08 <0.001 undetectable (disregarded due to lab "misreporting")
Post-op pathology rechecked by new lab:
Gleason downgraded to 4+3=7
Focal extension comprised of grade 3 cells
PSA September 08 <0.01 (new lab)
PSA February 09 <0.01
PSA August 09 (2 year mark), <0.01
PSA December 09 <0.01
        My Journey: http://www.yananow.net/Mentors/BillM2.htm
Never underestimate old people ............ you don't get to be old by being stupid.


DS Can
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   Posted 4/13/2010 8:19 PM (GMT -6)   

Sonny,

Life shouldn't be more nerve-wracking than there being 2 out in the bottom of the ninth, man on first, down by one.  I'm praying that your doc makes the right call so that you guys can beat this beast.  Best wishes for a successful treatment.

Dan


PSA 01/07: 1.2,  01/08: 1.9,  01/09: 2.5
BIOPSY 02/24/09  PCa DX, age 52
Right: 3+3=6, 3/6 cores 10% involved,PNI-Y
Left:  3+3=6, 1/7 cores <5% involved,PNI-N
LARP 04/09/09 nerve sparing. Final pathology:
GS 3+4=7, Margins uninvolved, 2 lymph nodes negative
Catheter out 04/17,1st no-pad day 05/03 
PSA: 04/08/10 <0.1
 
 


Doting Daughter
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   Posted 4/13/2010 8:45 PM (GMT -6)   
Sonny-
I'm glad that some things don't change..meaning your sense of humor.  However, I do hope your PSA starts changing and heading down.  I'm sorry to hear that you had to have the dreaded talk with the oncologist.  My father just completed two years and is taking a HT vacation.  He has complained for the last two years about it, but I was just speaking with my sister-in-law and her father has been on Lupron for almost ten years and has tolerated it really well.  I tried telling my father that Lupron is not the enemy, HT is a chance at living.  I know it's easy for me to say, but I'm selfish in the respect that I want my father around as long as possible.  Hopefully, HT will buy more time until new, better tolerated treatments come available. 
I just read a report today that sounds very promising.  Keep the hope and the humor! Sonny, keep us posted and we will continue to hope and pray for good reports for you.   
Father's Age DX 62 (now 64)
Original Gleason 3+4=7, Post-Op Gleason- 4+3=7,
DaVinci Surgery Aug 31, 2007
Focally Positive Right Margin, One positive node. T3a N1 M0.
Bone Scan/CT Negative (Sept. 10, 2007)
Oct. 17 PSA 0.07
Nov. 13 PSA 0.05
Casodex adm. Nov 07, Lupron beg. Dec 03, 2007 2 yrs
Radiation March 03-April 22, 2008- 8 weeks 5x a week
July 2, 08 PSA <.02
Oct. 10, 08 PSA <.02
Oct. 9, 09 PSA <.01 Last Lupron Shot
Praying for a cured dad.

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Sleepless09
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   Posted 4/13/2010 9:46 PM (GMT -6)   
Sonny, Lynn ---- thanks for the update, even though the news is not what any of us want to hear.

For what it's worth, my dad was on HT for many years and had few, if any issues --- and that was near 25 years ago and I assume the drugs are better now, although one, Flutamide, still seems to be in use.

I'm keeping an eye out on the Trans Canada Highway looking for that big rig of yours to come rolling down the road.

Blessings on you both,

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 
Feel free to email me at:  sheldonprostate@yahoo.com    

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