Got an email from my oncologist today who wants to link my photo journal, once I've have completed and finally edited it, to the London Prostate Cancer Clinic Webside, for their patients to see, to read and to help them understand that, the radiation part of their treatments can be easily tolorated by focusing on other than the negatives. There are still sunshines, rainbows, grand kids, loving partners and morning wakeups on top of the grass, that now, after the pains have subsided, the embarrassing moments with young nurses have been forgotten about, I can count my blessings that my last psa number is not detectable.
Life is getting back to normal and for those of you who have only recently been told by your doctor that, Oh' my God, you have cancer, YES, my wife and I cried all the way home. Instantly we saw huge, obsticles in front of us. We simply were not prepared for this, even though Debbie had breast surgery only two years ago, We were like, WHY US AGAIN ? What to do ? Well you do research and this forum has been a blessing for us. Thank you all, those who might only read and those who contribute, so much of their time, to help me and so many others.
Tomorrow I'll be getting my 20th. dose of something I only knew previously as something to be avoided and I still dont like the idea of parts of my body getting roasted but if this is what it takes for me to be around my Debbie for many more years, well let's get on with the next 14 sessions.
Champayne will be chilled and waiting for us when we get back home from the final 33rd. treatment session and YES, I'll be taking pictures of that last event !
Jerry in Canada.
Age, only 71.
July 2009, PSA 9.1, free ratio 0.16
September GLEASON 4+4=8, T2A
Calcium: 2.46 (range: 2.20 - 2.65 mmol/L)
25 Hydroxy Vitamin D: 102 (range: sufficiency:
76 - 250 nmol/L)
Bone Scan: Negative
CT Scan scheduled for Dec. 1st. Negative.
Started Casodex 50mg. on Nov. 6, first pill of 30.
Got Lupron 22.5mg ( 90 day ) on November 19.
No real side effects as of Dec. 15 except dry skin and hair but getting quite 'porky' in the belt area even though now I go to the gym, three times a week. Also I dont have a need to shave anymore so now I can save my 'shaving' allowance and direct it to my stash of Depends !
Christmas Day got my first hot flashes. Thanks Santa!
Open surgery done on Jan. 20th. by Dr. J. Chin at London's University Hospital.
Cath removel scheduled for Feb. 8th. Yes, I know,
that will be 19 days. Dr. is out of country until then.
Gleason Score: cannot be determined due to hormone therapy effects. ???????
present, left radial, multifocal
present, left basal, multifocal
Apical: involved by invasive carcinoma, multifocal
Bladder Neck: involved by invasive carcinoma, unifocal on left side.Other: non-tumoural prostatic present at resection margin.
Perineural Invasion: present.
Seminal Vesicle Invasion: absent
Lymphovascular Invasion: absent
Lymph Node Status: no malignancy in regional lymph nodes
Additional path. findings:
high grade prostatic intraepithelial neoplasia
Pathology Stage: yp T3a NO MX
Radialogist appointment was on Friday Feb. 26 with Dr. Glenn Bauman in London.
Got another Lupron 90 day shot today and he wants to start IMRT soon. CT Scan plus measure scheduled in about 3 weeks. ( march 15)
First PSA test since surgery on March 18th.
with the results of <0.03 !!!
Started a Facebook page for bikers with prostate issues at:
IMRT to started on May 10. Going to get 33 units.