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   Posted 1/3/2011 10:04 PM (GMT -6)   

You guys have always been helpful, so I have another question I would like your input on. I seem to suffer from loss of patience since my procedures. I thought it was nothing but it seems it has worsened. I get agitated more easily with my wife even though I know she is my biggest supporter. I also have a hard time waiting on almost anything. Has/does anyone else had/have this problem? Any suggestions to improve this? Thanks to all replies.

Just had another PSA test a couple of weeks ago, still at 0.004

Age: 52
PSA: 4+ - 12/2009
4+ - 1/2010
4.6 - 3/10/2010

biopsy 3/25/2010
Gleason: 3/31/2010
RB 3+3, RM 4+3, RLM 3+3, RA 3+3

Divinci Surgery: 5/26/2010
Nerves spared

Post PSA: 0.01 7/9/2010

Adjuvant Radiation Therapy ~ IMRT, plus Hormone Therapy (1 only Lupron 7.5)
39 scheduled, started 7/26/2010 Finished 10/4/10

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Date Joined Nov 2009
Total Posts : 7270
   Posted 1/3/2011 10:22 PM (GMT -6)   
May I ask why you had HT and radiation in addition to the surgery?
I'm wondering if this anxiety is a SE of the HT?
If so, perhaps there is some appropriate medication (Xanax?)

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Date Joined Oct 2008
Total Posts : 25393
   Posted 1/3/2011 10:41 PM (GMT -6)   
If you think its either anxiety or mild depression, talk to your GP about it first, plenty of low level meds that could help you take the edge off. I know we don't want to snap at those we love and those that are helping us.

David in SC
Age: 58, 56 dx, PSA: 7/07 5.8, 10/08 16.3
3rd Biopsy: 9/08 7 of 7 Positive, 40-90%, Gleason 4+3
open RP: 11/08, on catheters for 101 days
Path Rpt: Gleason 3+4, pT2c, 42g, 20% cancer, 1 pos marg
Incont & ED: None
Post Surgery PSA: 2/09 .05,5/09 .1, 6/09 .11. 8/09 .16
Post SRT PSA: 1/10 .12, 4/8 .04, 8/6 .06 11/10 Not taking it
Latest: 6 Corr Surgeries to Bladder Neck, SP Catheter since 10/1/9, SRT 39 Sess/72 gy ended 11/09, 21 Catheters, Ileal Conduit Surgery 9/23/10

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Date Joined Nov 2010
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   Posted 1/4/2011 8:34 AM (GMT -6)   
After my robotic prostatectomy on Oct. 26, 2010 I was given a psa test a month later which came back .3 and my uro started me on Lupron. I will start RT in about a month. Personally I thought this was rather soon but who was I to argue with the Dr. In any event I have become more emotional and find I don't have the patience I had before taking this medication. Thank goodness I have not experienced night sweats like some guys have. From what I have read on the HT subject these are just side effects of the drug. The best of luck to you in your journey. You are definitely among friends.
Age 67. Robotic prostatectomy 10/26/2010, due for RT in Janury 0f 2011. Eight of 12 lobes positive. Gleason Score 4+4=8, Margin envolvement was present with adipose tissue invasion and perineural invasion, glandular and stromal hyperplasia present,pT3 pNO and no evidence of metastatic adenocarcinoma. 1st psa after surgery Nov. 24, 2010 was .3
HT started Nov. 24, 2010.

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   Posted 1/4/2011 9:14 AM (GMT -6)   
i take a subclinical dose of celexa for hot flashes which worked pretty well until recently (so i think).  what celexa also did was put my emotions in check early on -- i didn't feel like i wanted to die all the time, and i could talk about my disease without getting choked up.  my wife participates in a forum for women with men who have prostate cancer.  she says many of the guys on lupron become emotionally detached nags.  i've actually become closer to my wife and we spend more time together.  maybe the celexa helped there too?
i was talking to my wife this morning about tapering off celexa because my testosterone is slowly returning and i am now having hot flashes anyway.  she said she thinks the drug is helping more than i think and i should wait at least until i get the first definitive PSA test -- around june.  i think that's what i'll do because kicking the drug would create a whole new set of issues from what i read and i really am doing very well now.
age: 55
PSA on 12/09: 6.8
no symptoms, no prostate enlargement
12/12 cores positive....gleason 3+4 = 7
received 3rd and last lupron shot 9/14/10

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   Posted 1/6/2011 12:38 PM (GMT -6)   

Thanks guys. This is one place I know I can count on for experienced input.


Compiler: I just followed my doctors' advice. They (2 Urologist, 1 Oncologist) told me because mine was so aggresive that they wanted to try to kill off any stray cells.

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   Posted 1/6/2011 12:53 PM (GMT -6)   
It is the drugs they have wonderful effects. Fallcrop looking at your stats they don't look all that omnious. Seems like you got the trifecta of questions antenna popped up, but I will keep quiet. Best to you.
Dx-2002 total urinary blockage, bPsa 46.6 12/12 biopsies all loaded 75-95% vol.; Gleasons scores 7,8,9's (2-sets), gland size 35, ct and bone scans look clear- ADT3 5 months prior to radiations neutron/photon 2-machines, cont'd. ADT3, quit after 2 yrs. switched to DES 1-mg, off 1+ yr., controlled well, resumed, used intermittently, resumed useage

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Date Joined Jan 2010
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   Posted 1/6/2011 7:14 PM (GMT -6)   
I am thinking that your post op Gleason was worse than the biopsy?
I did DaVinci and IGRT, with no HT.
My "mental state" is a little different. I am probably a lot more patient with most things, and infinitely more understanding of people with problems.
However, I have lost all sense of pretending to have patience with people who knowingly waste my time - people selling magazines door to door & carpet cleaning on the phone and cable tv are right up at the top of the list (and they catch it from me), then useless meetings at work - I decline most now. I feel like I have a more finite set of resources than I did before, so I am less likely to tolerate that sort of thing.
DaVinci 10/2009
My IGRT journey (2010) -
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