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Date Joined Jul 2009
Total Posts : 384
   Posted 1/13/2011 9:20 AM (GMT -6)   
Yesterday I heard from the man that was best man at my wedding that his wife died from Liver Cancer yesterday.
On Sunday our Golden Retreiver Lily died from Lymp Cancer. I had posted earlier about Lily and she went very fast and died at the foot of our bed.
I hate this cancer stuff!

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Date Joined Jul 2009
Total Posts : 1267
   Posted 1/13/2011 9:27 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Larry, sad news indeed. We got word yesterday that a dear friend's pancreatic cancer is back after two years clean and the hope he was one of the rare lucky ones.

I too hate this cancer stuff. I wonder if the government would declair a "I Hate Cancer" week?

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

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Date Joined Jan 2009
Total Posts : 2243
   Posted 1/13/2011 10:38 AM (GMT -6)   
Sorry to hear that Larry. Lost my Mother Jan. 2, but not from cancer, and that really doesnt make it any easier. Hope to dedicate my life purpose and what time I have left to my family as a testimony of my love for them.

Doting Daughter
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Date Joined Aug 2007
Total Posts : 1064
   Posted 1/13/2011 11:00 AM (GMT -6)   
Sending thoughts and prayers you way! Life is so hard sometimes! I know my dog soaked up a lot of my tears when my father was dx. I can't even think about her passing away. They really are the most loyal, lovable animals. Sorry for your loss.
Father's Age DX 62 (now 65)
Original Gleason 3+4=7, Post-Op Gleason- 4+3=7,
DaVinci Surgery Aug 31, 2007
Focally Positive Right Margin, One positive node. T3a N1 M0.
Bone Scan/CT Negative (Sept. 10, 2007)
Oct. 17 0 PSA 0.07
Nov. 13 PSA 0.05
Casodex adm. Nov 07, Lupron beg. Dec 03, 2007 2 yrs
Radiation March 03-April 22, 2008- 8 weeks 5x a week
July 2, 08 PSA <.02
Oct. 2010 PSA <.02

Cajun Jeff
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Date Joined Mar 2009
Total Posts : 4119
   Posted 1/13/2011 12:58 PM (GMT -6)   
Sorry for your losses. I hate cancer too. It just does such nasty things.

Hang in there buddy.

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

Elite Member

Date Joined Oct 2008
Total Posts : 25393
   Posted 1/13/2011 1:00 PM (GMT -6)   
Larry, so sorry to hear. I hate everything about cancer, its a scourge on humanity, and pets, at best.
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

Ed C. (Old67)
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Date Joined Jan 2009
Total Posts : 2461
   Posted 1/13/2011 1:06 PM (GMT -6)   
Larry, Sorry about your friend. I wish we can find a cure for this monster. I lost a sister and a wife to Leukemia and have a niece with liver cancer.
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

Steve n Dallas
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Date Joined Mar 2008
Total Posts : 4849
   Posted 1/13/2011 2:09 PM (GMT -6)   
I have two long term freinds that both lost their mothers in the last week.
I'm going to go visit my mom this weekend. Its amazing what joy it brings to her when I show up with burgers and shakes.

Regular Member

Date Joined Dec 2009
Total Posts : 348
   Posted 1/13/2011 3:44 PM (GMT -6)   

That's sad news, very sorry.

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Date Joined Dec 2008
Total Posts : 673
   Posted 1/13/2011 4:44 PM (GMT -6)   

Sorry to hear about Lily. We lost one several years ago to cancer, too.

Sorry to hear about your friend's wife and all the others, too. It seems cancer is everywhere.

My mother's not doing well with pancreatic cancer. She is supposed to be having surgery to remove part of her pancreas and spleen in less than 2 weeks. She has lost so much weight, I'm not sure she'll be strong enough to to recover. But, there is hope...

-Nov/Dec 07, March 08 and Dec 08: Severe perineum pain . Septra/Bactrim for 8 months for diagnosed prostatitis.
-PSA start of 2008: 5.3..... PSA June of 2008: 7.3
-14 DRE all benign or nothing felt
-TRUS Biopsy Nov 08: 5 of 8 cores positive GS 3+3 or 6. 30-65%. Perineural invasion.
-General Health: pretty good, 5' 10", 180 lbs, slim.
-Open RP surgery: May 09 both nerve bundles spared. Bilateral lymph node dissection performed. Discharged 48 hours after surgery.
-Post Surgery Pathology: pT3a N0 MX, extraprostatic extension (EPE), stage III prostate cancer, lymph nodes clear, seminal vesicles clear, Gleason upraded to 3+4 GS 7. EPE within surgical margins. Other than prostate and EPE, all tissue removed negative for cancer involvement.
-Bladder control within 48 hours of catheter removal
-ED ongoing but improving. ED oral meds didn't do much initially. TRIMIX was working very well. Initial dose of 0.1 mL too much. Had priapism at 0.075 mL that ended up in a humiliating ER visit. Doses recently after 50% dilution by Uro about 0.025 mL or less. Don't use Trimix anymore...I'm too sensitive to it, even at very low doses and the Alprostadil is pretty consistent in causing erection pain...had a few episodes of 3+ hour wood with pain.
-Levitra now starting to work at low doses of 5 mG to 10 mG. Sometimes the side effects like stuffy nose aren't fun...sometimes OK.
-Was supposed to see ED doc last week, but due to his schedule, will now be late August. Will discuss bimix with him.

Regular Member

Date Joined Sep 2007
Total Posts : 293
   Posted 1/14/2011 9:41 AM (GMT -6)   
Larry, I'm very sorry to hear of your losses. Three years ago just before my date with the robot, we had to have one of our Golden's put to sleep because of Cancer, and it was so rough on our family. While being sure everything was in order before the surgery, I had arranged with my friend the Funeral Director that should something go wrong, my Golden's urn could be put in the box with me!
Cancer is so cruel and having lost my Mother to Ovarian cancer ( who had beat Breast cancer 20 years earlier) I have seen the terrible things that cancer robs from it's victims, and hope to live to see the day we find a cure. Live life to its fullest!

Regular Member

Date Joined Jun 2010
Total Posts : 416
   Posted 1/14/2011 9:45 AM (GMT -6)   
Sorry Larry.
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