sheldon, thanks my friend
medved - will check out that link
squirm, that must have tough with your dad's situation, sorry to hear it. when my father died in 1993, we weren't even on
talking terms, and he died the bitter and angry person he was. what a difference
johnt - you about got me convinced to read snuffy's book at last. also - as much as you have researched in general on pc, do
you put much credence in the PSA Velocity pre-dx line of thinking? Do you think my case is clear cut with that in mind, considering my track record so far?
bronson, thanks as always, i am hardly an expert at any of this, but from how my pc journey is going, despite my numbers on paper, its acted agggressive and a bit erratic from the start
dkob david: some good advice there, will keep under advisement. its not so much the lack of sexual interest (though its a shame since i am one of the lucky few with no ED), or the hot flashes, etc. The fatigue part is not a casual subject with me.
Before I ever had PC, I was dealing with 10 years of chronic fatigue from the first radiation I had been through in the "old days", never recovered from that. Now, after my very negative SRT experience, I have even greater chronic fatigue. My GP strongly feels I have far exceeded my lifetime radiation limit, and attributes all my ongoing fatigue directly to the combined radiation treatments. If HT causes even more fatigue, someone like me is going to end up being comotose (not literally) if even more fatigue was thrown on my back. When Ihve been on harsh drugs in the past, it has destroyed the little personality I have, but more importantly, all my creativity, which is very important to me from a quality of life point of view. I don't want to be alive, if it means that the "real me" doesn't exist anymore.
pro - your questions are good ones to ask, and will keep those handy for future reference. for all the talk and joking i do about the diet part and the taste-good prostate diet i promote, i really don't eat all that terrible. don't eat a lot of red meat, i love all vegetables, not heavy into fruits, naturally don't like or use much dairy products, i mostly stay away from all fried foods. my worse dietary vice is that i am into sweets, and since i have no diebetic risk ever so far, its hard to keep them away from me. grew up in a family that had deserts every single night. i don't drink or smoke. i always eat salads minus any kind of dressing (not into condiments at all), and I only drink water, lots of it, 2-3 liters a day at the least. my diet is far from perfect, but as you can see, i do put some effort into it. exercise, while never been a gym rat, my 2 days a week at physical therapy give me some, considering the lack of energy i naturally have.
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 2/11 1.24
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 9/10,