I'm starting to feel like a cash cow...
Applejack Liquors, another big baseball sponsor, leads off their ad with "are you are the bottom of your fifth??" That I can understand...
Don't feel paranoid, Fairwind. If you have prostate cancer and good insurance you *are* a cash cow. As they say, paranoia is just a heightened sense of awareness.
I looked at my medical receipts recently related to PCa and the total cost for my brachytherapy operation + 25 sessions of IMRT plus the Lupron injections plus the original pathology and costs for MRI, Bone and CAT scans is over $200K. I have Medicare + Supplement and none of this has cost me anything but I understand fully why the folks in the medical profession always make me feel so welcome when I walk in the door. Someone's dream vacation to Paris for a month and laissez les bons temps rouler is stamped right on my forehead.
And when it rains it pours. Just found out that I have severe Cervical Stenosis of the neck from C3 through C5 from degenerative arthritis that has intruded so much inside the vertebra that the spinal cord canal is only about
0.7mm. This means that sometimes in the near future I will have to have a decompression operation, i.e. someone will have a laser or knife within less than a millimeter from the spinal cord, now imagine how that strikes terror into one's soul. The only positive thing I can see from this is that PCa, even Gleason 9, now seems like such a trivial thing. Oh,and guess what? To find this out there goes another $10K in MRI and CAT scans, plus the radiologist insisted on another Bone scan because of my history of PCa.
Age 66, PC diagnosed 7/2009 at age 65
Stage: T2c, Gleason: 9 (4 + 5), 6 of 6 cores positive
Bone, CAT and MIR scans negative
Treatment: brachytherapy (103 palladium), 100 gy, 11/2010 + hormone therapy (Lupron + Casodex) + IMRT on Novalis, 45 gy, 3/2010.
PSA: 7/2009, At time of diagnosis -- 11.9
10/2009 -- 5.0
12/2009 -- 0.56
5/2010 -- 0.15
8/9/2010 -- 0.06