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Sonny3
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   Posted 1/6/2011 1:35 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello all,

While I have dropped in once or twice over the last four months I have been taking a well deserved break from PCa as much as I could.

Much has happened. We had a great 6 week trip to the NE and a wonderful holiday season.

Lynn has started a new chemo regimen because her cancer numbers had started to go up. However the new therapy has taken a real hit on her blood. Today the dr has postponed any further treatment for the next 4 weeks. Her white blood count is just short of no immune system at all, her red blood count has kept her in bed for the most part since before Christmas and her platelets are so low they caution us about her getting cut because she could bleed out before we get it under control. Wow but the girl is tough and is a real trooper.

Many of you may be reading this about Lynn for the first time. But it is because of seeing what she has been going through for the last 5 years that allows me to keep such a positive attitude about my cancer and treatments. I have never tried to minimize mine or be glib about it, but I also have to see things on a comparative basis.

Many of you suffer greatly from the effects of treatment as it relates to ED. I too am not back to normal yet since my surgery of Sept 2009. However, maybe I am somewhat blessed in dealing with it because of Lynn's health, bone damage and her attitude of sharing with me that penetration was not the real thing of enjoyment for her anyway. So ED is not something I give a lot of thought too. I am a better lover to Lynn than I ever was in many ways. And I am no less the man I always ways.

Been reading through a lot of posts here lately from folks that are having a tough time of it. Post treatment blahhs, depression, physical discomfort, ED, incontinence, ever present PCa thoughts and worries, etc. and the list goes on. It's natural, it happens, and is always dealt with in some way or at some time. It is hard to always stay positive and upbeat or put the danged thing out of your mind for a period of time.

The reality of it is that somehow we all have to. Nothing is gained from constantly dealing with PCa from negative and worrisome pointed of view. Nothing is lost but the time itself when the days are lost by doing nothing but fretting over the darned cancer.

We have all heard the personal stories of those who have great and wonderful plans when they retire only to never get a chance to live them because of a freak accident, sudden health issues and so on. We all have to stop and say at some point, WHOA!! What about today? What did I do today that gave me or a loved one pleasure? When do I start to live a life of enjoyment and wonderment if not today.

So give the darned cancer it's do. Do the treatments as they are required, fight the battles as you see fit for them, take the tests when they are scheduled and deal with the results as they arrive. Crap how many of you fret, worry and lose sleep over the next ****ing PSA test. You can't do anything about it until you know the score and as many of you have shown, when you do get the score there is nothing to do anyway. But many of you begin to worry about the next danged test only days after the last one.

CRAP! I didn't mean to jump on the soap box, but I have been so tempted to chime in here during some of the discussions.

I kinda feel that I am in a position to do so now. Many of you have been dealing with PCa much longer than me. But few of you have traveled the non-successful path that I have been on.

Found out about PCa 3 days after my wife went into the hospital for an 8 weeks stay in ICU. Had the surgery by one of the top 5 in the country. Never got an undetectable PSA. Started SRT less than 3 months after surgery. Found METS less than 7 months after surgery. Have never seen a real downward trend in PSA.

My last PSA in September was 2.2, my PSA from yesterday is 3.9, and I have a meeting with the dr. on Monday.

I physically feel fantastic, have more energy than I have had in the last 2 years. Got my boat out of drydock for the first time in 2 years and am enjoying the hell out of it.

Really looking forward to the GFMPH trip in April and seeing a bunch of you guys.

Bottom line. My PSA sucks and we will deal with it. My wife is having a ***** of a time and we will deal with it. We got her father out of the hospital on Christmas eve and Hospice has been called in as he is degrading fast. My son has decided to give up his dream of playing professional baseball and is instead heading to LA with some new friends and plans to be a successful actor/model, HUH!!

Those of you that have read my words or know me personally have seen and heard me say many times, "EVERY DAY IS A BONUS". Why don't some of you join me in seeing things that way and living each day to it's fullest. Find the silver lining in something every day, find the fun, find the love, FIND LIFE.

So in closing, here is my silver lining from today. When my docs nurse brought me the test results, I was standing next to my while she was getting her new schedules. I read the results and told the nurse that since we really hadn't been doing anything since Sept I expected a rise. I did say that it was a little more of a rise than I expected. Now she is relatively new with my doc, doesn't know all of his patients or their histories. So her response caught me off guard and had me laughing till I darned near peed my pants.

She tenderly put her hand on my arm, leaned in and said, "Well yes, it's a little high for your age, but it is still within the normal range". When I was able to speak from laughing, I tenderly put my hand on her arm, leaned in and said, "IT WOULD BE NORMAL IF I STILL HAD A PROSTATE."

Also, I got a letter from the VA recently, scheduling me for a re-classification exam with the docs on January 31. Should be a short meeting with my PSA and I should not have issues continuing to receive the 100% disability I was awarded.

So you see, Every Day is a Bonus.

Sonny smilewinkgrin
60 years old when diagnosed
PSA 11/07 3.0
PSA 5/09 6.4
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
2/23/10 Post IMRT PSA 1.0
3/22/10 PSA 1.5
4/19/10 PSA 1.2
5/22/10 PSA 1.3
8/9/10 Completed Radiation for MET
9/7/10 PSA 2.2

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LV-TX
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   Posted 1/6/2011 1:46 PM (GMT -6)   
Amen Sonny...Amen.

Hope that Lynn can get her blood levels back in order and keep us informed on your next step in your journey. I know you mentioned your oncologist didn't think you would start HT last time. Is this still his feelings after the current test results?
You are beating back cancer, so hold your head up with dignity

Les

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Don K.
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   Posted 1/6/2011 1:56 PM (GMT -6)   
Sonny:
 
Thanks so very much for your post.
 
I started out this day in bad depression from my little troubles and then read your post.
 
You reminded me that many of the members here are struggling with a LOT bigger problems than myself and that my worrying is not going to do a thing to help.
 
So, I am taking your advice and will CELEBRATE each day as a gift from my maker andpress forward.
 
Thanks again my friend.
 
Don K.

Sonny3
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   Posted 1/6/2011 2:14 PM (GMT -6)   
LV- Thanks for the kind words for Lynn. Don't know what the doc is thinking yet. I meet with him next Monday morning.


Don- Thanks for the kind words. Glad to here you say that you may view each day a little differently. We are not promised a definitive number of them and it is up to each of us to enjoy those that we are given. To waste them is a real shame.

Sonny
60 years old when diagnosed
PSA 11/07 3.0
PSA 5/09 6.4
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
2/23/10 Post IMRT PSA 1.0
3/22/10 PSA 1.5
4/19/10 PSA 1.2
5/22/10 PSA 1.3
8/9/10 Completed Radiation for MET
9/7/10 PSA 2.2

James C.
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   Posted 1/6/2011 2:19 PM (GMT -6)   
Sonny, glad to read your upbeat post, even if it contained some serious news about both you and Lynn. I hope you both maintain the courage and determination you both have shown to us. Every word of your encouragement to us rings true.
James C. Age 63
Gonna Make Myself A Better Man tinyurl.com/28e8qcg
4/07: PSA 7.6, 7/07 Biopsy: 3 of 16 PCa, 5% involved, left lobe, GS6
9/07: Nerve Sparing open RP, Path: pT2c, 110 gms., clear except:
Probable microscopic involvement-left apical margin -GS6
3 Years: PSA's .04 each test until 04/10-.06, 09/10-.09, 01/11-.09
ED-total-Bimix 30cc

Sonny3
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   Posted 1/6/2011 2:23 PM (GMT -6)   
James, missed you brother. Thank you for the encouraging words. Man you know me, "It is What iT is".

Sonny
60 years old when diagnosed
PSA 11/07 3.0
PSA 5/09 6.4
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
2/23/10 Post IMRT PSA 1.0
3/22/10 PSA 1.5
4/19/10 PSA 1.2
5/22/10 PSA 1.3
8/9/10 Completed Radiation for MET
9/7/10 PSA 2.2

Susan R
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   Posted 1/6/2011 2:33 PM (GMT -6)   
Sonny- You are an inspiration today, and I needed to read your thoughts (soapbox, as you say). Amazing to me that I always end up hearing exactly what I need to hear. My husband and I are VERY new to all of this, his surgery is scheduled for Feb 2, he is 39 years old. We joke and laugh and talk and have sex, and enjoy and I thought maybe we were just in denial. It is nice to know that dealing with things as they come is ok, and dealing with one step at a time is not abnormal. If we dwell in the negative then we will miss the life we can be living on a daily basis and we have too many days to come to start missing out. Thank you for taking the time to share your thoughts. This message board is fantastic, it is good to get all points of view. Thanks for the positive input. Prayers with your and your wife on your journey.

Susan (wife to a man who has PC)

Sonny3
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   Posted 1/6/2011 2:41 PM (GMT -6)   
Susan,

Thank you for your words and prayers. I am so happy to hear you and your husband are remembering to live life daily. You are most certainly not in denial. There is no doubt that there are some tough and cloudy days ahead for you guys, but it is apparent from your post that together you possess the strength of couples and love that will see you through them.

The power of 2 individuals is just 2, the power of a loving couple is infinite.

Blessings to you both,

Sonny
60 years old - PSA 11/07 3.0 PSA 5/09 6.4
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
2/23/10 Post IMRT PSA 1.0
3/22/10 PSA 1.5
4/19/10 PSA 1.2
5/22/10 PSA 1.3
8/9/10 Completed Radiation for MET
9/7/10 PSA 2.2
1/5/11 PSA 3.9

Susan R
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   Posted 1/6/2011 2:43 PM (GMT -6)   
I meant to ask you...did you get your 100% disability based on the PC or other conditions? My husband is just about to retire and get his rating and are curious to what percentage PC gets...thanks

Sonny3
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   Posted 1/6/2011 2:51 PM (GMT -6)   
I received the 100% rating on PCa related to Agent Orange and my time in Vietnam. The 100% comes from active and present PCa. Other factors such as ED and incontinence, etc. do not come into play until such time that I no longer am being treated for PCa. That would be a nice day, wouldn't it.

Sonny
60 years old - PSA 11/07 3.0 PSA 5/09 6.4
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
2/23/10 Post IMRT PSA 1.0
3/22/10 PSA 1.5
4/19/10 PSA 1.2
5/22/10 PSA 1.3
8/9/10 Completed Radiation for MET
9/7/10 PSA 2.2
1/5/11 PSA 3.9

rob2
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   Posted 1/6/2011 2:51 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks for the update and you posts are always inspiring. Looking forward to meeting you in April.
 
Age 48 at diagnosis
occupation accountant
PSA increased from 2.6 to 3.5 in one year
biopsy march 2008 - cancer present gleason 7
Robotic Surgery May 9, 2008 - houston, tx
Pathology report -gleason 8, clear margins
22 month  PSA <.04
continent at 10 weeks (no pads!)
ED is still an issue

Sonny3
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   Posted 1/6/2011 2:56 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks Rob. Man April can't get here soon enough for me. I made it to NY in September and I know first hand what a great weekend this will be.

Sonny
60 years old - PSA 11/07 3.0 PSA 5/09 6.4
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
2/23/10 Post IMRT PSA 1.0
3/22/10 PSA 1.5
4/19/10 PSA 1.2
5/22/10 PSA 1.3
8/9/10 Completed Radiation for MET
9/7/10 PSA 2.2
1/5/11 PSA 3.9

goodlife
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   Posted 1/6/2011 4:27 PM (GMT -6)   
about d&$ned time you get back on.

This place needs you. It was heading to the dogs. We all need a little taste of reality.

My best to Lynn. Surely looking forward to some time in Baton Rouge.
Goodlife
 
Age 58, PSA 4.47 Biopsy - 2/12 cores , Gleason 4 + 5 = 9
Da Vinci, Cleveland Clinic  4/14/09   Nerves spared, but carved up a little.
0/23 lymph nodes involved  pT3a NO MX
Catheter and 2 stints in ureters for 2 weeks .
Neg Margins, bladder neck negative
Living the Good Life, cancer free  6 week PSA  <.03
3 month PSA <.01 (different lab)
5 month PSA <.03 (undetectable)
6 Month PSA <.01
1 pad a day, no progress on ED.  Trimix injection
No pads, 1/1/10,  9 month PSA < .01
1 year psa (364 days) .01
15 month PSA <.01

Sonny3
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   Posted 1/6/2011 4:59 PM (GMT -6)   
GL,

Kinda good to be back. Great to him from you again. And really looking forward to seeing you and the missus in Baton Rouge.

We'll talk soon.

Sonny

Sleepless09
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   Posted 1/6/2011 5:04 PM (GMT -6)   
Sonny, you are my sunshine!

It's wonderful to see your name --- and, as I said when you posted just before Christmas, it was a fabulous Christmas present to hear from you.

I've not had a chance to fully digest your post, so I won't comment now, but I did want to say 'hello' and let you know that you and Lynn are often in my thoughts, and always in my prayers.

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"
 
Oct 1st 09 -- dry at night, during day some stress issues.
Oct 31st padless 24/7 
 
First post op PSA Sept 09  less than 0.02
PSA on Oct 23, 2009 less than 0.02
PSA on Jan 8, 2010  less than 0.02
PSA on April 9, 2010 less than 0.02 
PSA on July 9, 2010 (one year) less than 0.02
  

Purgatory
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   Posted 1/6/2011 5:08 PM (GMT -6)   
Sonny, my brother, so good to hear from you. Dont like the news, but love the attitude. Good talking with you. Give my best to Lynn, and keep on shrimping, Bubba Sonny Shrimps.

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

Sonny3
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   Posted 1/6/2011 5:09 PM (GMT -6)   
Sheldon, how ya doin. Good to hear from you again as well.

How's the Canadian weather and the Metals business treating you? BTW, I don't think I have seen you name yet on the positive side of those planning to attend the GFMPH weekend in April in Baton Rouge.

Now for the life of me I can't imagine that staying in Canada in April would be more fun that coming on down to see the rest of us.

Let them boys of your run the business, spend some of their inheritance and come on down.

Missed you guys,

Sonny
60 years old - PSA 11/07 3.0 PSA 5/09 6.4
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
2/23/10 Post IMRT PSA 1.0
3/22/10 PSA 1.5
4/19/10 PSA 1.2
5/22/10 PSA 1.3
8/9/10 Completed Radiation for MET
9/7/10 PSA 2.2
1/5/11 PSA 3.9

keysailfisher
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   Posted 1/6/2011 5:09 PM (GMT -6)   
Nice post Sonny. My prayers are with Lynn and you.
Look forward to meeting you at Jeff's house.
 
 
Neal

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   Posted 1/6/2011 5:17 PM (GMT -6)   
Sonny,
 
Glad you're back - my best to Lynn.
I wonder what my dad would have thought about the choices I made? But then I'm not the actor type.
 
Will be looking forward to GFMPH!

Worried Guy
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   Posted 1/6/2011 5:20 PM (GMT -6)   
Sonny,

It was great to hear your cheerful voice today. I was minutes away from having my surgeon root around inside my butt looking for his lost Rolex.
You're right! Every day is a bonus! He found a couple of hundred bucks up there and got more action than I've had in a month. ;-)

You and Lynn are inspirations to us all. Thank you for helping us put our issues in perspective.

Jeff

JB71
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   Posted 1/6/2011 5:21 PM (GMT -6)   
Thank you for that, Sonny.

Sometimes, like probibly many others, I need a wake up call or a kick in the ass, or both. You did that for me today and I thank you.

I'm not doing too badly, having had a few smaller health issues since my surgery but tomorrow will be a new day to live for.

Wishing you and Lynn a belated HAPPY NEW YEARS
and our best wishes to both.

JB71, still in Canada!
.
Age, only 71.
July 2009, PSA 9.1, free ratio 0.16
September GLEASON 4+4=8, T2A
Prostate 44cc.
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.
====================================
Pathology Report:
 
Gleason Score: cannot be determined due to hormone therapy effects. ???????
Extraprostatic Extension:
present, left radial, multifocal
present, left basal, multifocal
Resection Margins:
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.
 
.

Ed C. (Old67)
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   Posted 1/6/2011 6:53 PM (GMT -6)   
Sonny,
So good to have you back here and reminding us all to live every day and not let PCa control us. I'm truly sorry to hear about Lynn, I have a niece who has been fighting liver and lung cancer for 2 years. Do you plan on doing HT? I hope to make it to the GFMPH meeting in LA., it will be nice to meet some of the guys.
Age: 67 at Dx on 12/30/08 PSA 3.8
2 cores out of 12 were positive Gleason (4+4)
Davinci surgery 2/9/09 Gleason 4+4 EPE,
Margins clear, nerve bundles removed
Prostate weighed 57 grams 10-20% involved
all PSA tests since (2, 5, 8, 11, 15, 18 months) undetectable
Latest PSA test (21 months) .005

Cajun Jeff
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   Posted 1/6/2011 8:17 PM (GMT -6)   
Sonny, You have been missed by us so very much. I really hate your PSA news. I hate the news on Lynn even more. What I do love is your attitude about life. Yes we must always value each day and live each day to the fullest. My friend enjoy that boat, have fun, and take time to smell the roses.

My love from both Pat and I to the two of you. Can't wait to see you at the GFMPH. Lots of our old friends will be here in Louisiana.


Cajun Jeff
9/08 PSA 5.4 referred to Urologist
9/08 Biopsy: GS 3+4=7 1 positive core in 12 1% cancer core
10/08 Nerve-Sparing open radicalSurgery Path Report Downgrade 3+3=6 GS Stage pT2c margins clea
r3 month: PSA <0.1
19th month: PSA <0.1
2 year PSA <0.1
Only issue at this time is ED but getting better

Purgatory
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   Posted 1/6/2011 8:48 PM (GMT -6)   
Sonny is the Mac Daddy, as the young like to say.
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

60Michael
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   Posted 1/6/2011 9:11 PM (GMT -6)   
As always Sonny it is good to hear from you. Glad that you and Lynn had such a wonderful trip and are now back at home. Putting this into perspective depends on a lot of variables. Just buried my 83 yo Mother and gave her eulogy Wednesday so my PCa is the last thing on my mind. Sixty-two great years with my mother and the good Lord thru in a snowy Christmas day in Georgia while she lay in her bed at home.
 
Life has been good to me, and not ready to give up on it yet. Will wait until March until taking my next PSA but the 8 month post SRT was .27. Not sure what to expect next.
 
My best to you and Lynn and I guess I will be getting the VA letter soon.
Michael
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