June 6th - NATIONAL CANCER SURVIVORS DAY

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Sonny3
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Date Joined Aug 2009
Total Posts : 2447
   Posted 6/6/2010 7:15 AM (GMT -6)   
Today is National Cancer Survivors Day and this is something we all need to rejoice in.

WE ARE ALL SURVIVORS!!!

No matter where we are in the process and how far down the path we have traveled, today we celebrate the fact that we are survivors. I opened my eyes this morning and saw daylight, I opened my lungs and sucked in fresh air, today is another bonus day and I celebrate another day of being a survivor.

It is not just me or you, but our loved ones, family and friends, are all right there with us, they are all survivors of our cancer as well.

So take a minute, look around, smell the flowers, enjoy the sights, enjoy the love of family and friends, PLAN FOR MANY MORE TOMORROWS, and celebrate in the glory of another bonus day.

Thank you my friends, my fellow survivors, for all of your support and caring,

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
4/19/10 YAHOO PSA dropped to 1.2 Moving in the right direction.
5/7/10 PSA test 1.3 Sodium Fluoride PET Scan & CT SCAN -scheduled
5/20/10 PSA test 1.2 Holding off on future tests for 3 months- single lytic lesion found and scheduling radiation.


Purgatory
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Date Joined Oct 2008
Total Posts : 25380
   Posted 6/6/2010 7:41 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanks for the reminder, Sonny. Being a 4 time survivor at age 57, despite my current woes, still thankful to up and running.
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, next one:  July
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- 27 days, Cath #15 - 26 days, Cath #16 - 31 days, 5/24 put in Cath #17


don826
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Date Joined May 2008
Total Posts : 1010
   Posted 6/6/2010 7:49 AM (GMT -6)   
Sonny,

Good advice to take a few moments to appreciate life. I was watching the news yesterday and there was an item on melanoma and how they had developed a drug that put roughly 20 to 30% of advanced cases into complete remission. Just eight weeks ago a colleague and friend of mine passed away as a result of metastatic melanoma. The drug is available for compassionate use as it is not approved as yet. So, yes let us all celebrate the good health we have.

Don
Diagnosed 04/10/08 Age 58 at the time
Gleason 4 + 3
DRE palpable tumor on left side
100% of 12 cores positive for PCa range 35% to 85%
Bone scan clear and chest x ray clear
CT scan shows potential lymph node involvement in pelvic region
Started Casodex on May 2 and stopped on June 1, 2008
Lupron injection on May 15 and every four months for next two years
Started IMRT/IGRT on July 10, 2008. 45 treatments scheduled
First 25 to be full pelvic for a total dose of 45 Gray to lymph nodes.
Last 20 to prostate only. Total dose to prostate 81 Gray.
Completed IMRT/IGRT 09/11/08.
PSA 02/08 21.5 at diagnosis
PSA 07/08 .82 after 8 wks of hormones
PSA 10/08 .642 one month after completion of IMRT, 6 months hormone
PSA 03/09 .38 six months post radiation and nine months into hormones
PSA 06/09 .36 or .30 depending on who did the test
PSA 09/09 .33 one year after IMRT and 16 months into hormone
PSA 03/10 .32 18 months after IMRT Still on hormones


erbob
Regular Member


Date Joined Jan 2010
Total Posts : 281
   Posted 6/6/2010 9:14 AM (GMT -6)   
Yes, I AM a "long term" survivor. This coming October, I'll be a 29 year "C" survivor. Had a sarcoma back in 1981 and beat the odds with it. Now, just this last January, I got the PC dx. I WILL survive this one too with the Brachytherapy that I received exactly ten days ago. I am almost 74 years of age and I really appreciate life and feel that I am one very lucky old coot. Now if I can just squeeze about ten more good years out of this old carcass. wink
Bob, down in Southern Colorado


erbob
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Date Joined Jan 2010
Total Posts : 281
   Posted 6/6/2010 5:36 PM (GMT -6)   
Sure hope my post (above) did not kill this great thread! blush
Bob, down in Southern Colorado

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