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tatt2man
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   Posted 3/31/2011 7:26 AM (GMT -6)   
Was very pleased to see Prostate Cancer getting a page in the TORONTO STAR newspaper healthzone supplement -April is Cancer month - Canadian Cancer Society.
Was interested in their listing of symptoms ( which I had more of than I thought, prior to diagnosis) since often you hear that there are no real symptoms.
check it out -
www.healthzone.ca/health/newsfeatures/cancer/article/966377--coping-with-the-stress-of-prostate-cancer

hugs,
BRONSON
Age:55 -gay with spouse of 14 years, Steve -Peterborough, Ontario, Canada
PSA:10/06/09 3.86
Biopsy:10/16/09- 6 of 12 cancerous samples, Gleason 7 (4+3)
Radical Prostatectomy:11/18/09
Pathology:pT3a -Gleason 7 -extraprostatic extension -perineural invasion -prostate weight -34.1 gm
PSA:04/08/10 -0.05 -Zero Club
PSA:09/23/10 -0.05 -Zero Club
PSA:03/24/11 -0.02 -Zero Club
PSA:03/24/12- TBA

Post Edited (tatt2man) : 3/31/2011 10:40:09 AM (GMT-6)


Purgatory
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   Posted 3/31/2011 7:35 AM (GMT -6)   
good article bronson

i had none of the symptons listed, not a one, and had never had an UTI in my life prior, and never had a positive
DRE. That's when it can get scary. If I hadn't started automatically getting PSA checked on yearly physical at age 50, I still might be clueless.

thanks

david
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,

clocknut
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   Posted 3/31/2011 7:56 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanks, Bronson, for sharing this article.  I had a number of the symptoms (urinary urgency, incomplete emptying, frequent urination) but those can also just be signs of BPH, which is what I thought was going on.
 
I wish I had access to a program like that.  I guess my continuing participation here reflects my personal recognition that I still have not really come to terms with what has happened to me.  HW provides the support group for me.  Just reading about what other guys are going through reassures me that others are dealing with, and generally overcoming, the emotional and physical consequences of being stricken with cancer.
 
Just last weekend, I was trying to be helpful to a friend who had just completed radiation treatment, and I still found myself choking up.  It was embarrassing, because I was trying to be reassuring to him.  That's become my barometer.  Until I can talk about every aspect of this cancer experience without becoming emotional, I won't feel that I've fully come to terms with it or that I have "moved on."  Maybe that never happens.  I don't know.

tatt2man
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   Posted 3/31/2011 10:39 AM (GMT -6)   
clocknut:

- you can come to terms with having cancer and still be emotional - there has to be a passion for life - as well as compassion in order to "survive the slings and arrows" of this disease.

- I do not expect to ever "move on" from this disease, I am reminded of it daily when I look in a mirror, being a lower-zipper-club (RP) instead of the triple-bypass guys with their regular zipper-club emblem.

- embrace the highs and lows of daily life and it is amazing how easily the highs can filter back in ...

- maybe we move on when we "shuffle off this mortal coil" and the verdict is either - he died of XXXX with prostate cancer.... or he died of prostate cancer complicated by XXXX... whatever....
-
-I seem to be in a Shakespearean mode today ( actually more Sondheim) or maybe a little hammy ( care of Hamlet Act III)

-is there a chance of having a support group in your community - or better yet, start one in your neighbourhood/city/town?- in Canada we have the Prostate Cancer Canada Network - with local support groups tied in....

-hugs to you and yours,
BRONSON

P.S. off to Subway for a ham sandwich.... extra pickled peppers...
...
Age:55 -gay with spouse of 14 years, Steve -Peterborough, Ontario, Canada
PSA:10/06/09 3.86
Biopsy:10/16/09- 6 of 12 cancerous samples, Gleason 7 (4+3)
Radical Prostatectomy:11/18/09
Pathology:pT3a -Gleason 7 -extraprostatic extension -perineural invasion -prostate weight -34.1 gm
PSA:04/08/10 -0.05 -Zero Club
PSA:09/23/10 -0.05 -Zero Club
PSA:03/24/11 -0.02 -Zero Club
PSA:03/24/12- TBA
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