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   Posted 5/5/2011 12:05 AM (GMT -6)   
2009 -- me; prostate cancer at age 49
2010 -- my wife; renal cell cancer at age 50
2011 -- my dog; osteosarcoma at age 11
My wife has been hospitalized for the last 9 days (today is Wednesday; she checked-in prior Monday...hopefully she'll be able to come home by Friday, before Mother's Day weekend) and I've been with her every day, so my neighbor took Sandy our Golden Retriever to the vet today because she's been limping for a while and got the diagnosis. 
My wife grew up with hunting dogs (kept outside; didn't live long lives; not family pets), but she and Sandy have really bonded in the last year because my wife spent so much time at home since her kidney (renal) cancer surgery last summer.  Before last year, my wife was also working all day and Sandy was home alone.  Now when it's just the two of them at home during the week (wife's on chemo, and only goes in to the office a few hour on a few days per week), Sandy has been following her around from room to room throughout the day.
My wife's situation will make this much harder on the family, but the vet says she will need to be put to sleep in 4-8 weeks because the pain will no longer be suppressed by the meds he provided.
Bad coupla years...

edit:  fixed typo

Post Edited (Casey59) : 5/4/2011 11:11:19 PM (GMT-6)

Tony Crispino
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   Posted 5/5/2011 12:34 AM (GMT -6)   
it has indeed been a tough couple years. You're in my thoughts and prayers Casey...

Advanced Prostate Cancer at age 44 (I am 48 now)
pT3b,N0,Mx (original PSA was 19.8) EPE, PM, SVI. Gleason 4+3=7

Da Vinci Surgery ~ 2/16/2007
Adjuvant Radiation Therapy ~ IMRT Completed 8/07
Adjuvant Hormone Therapy ~ 28 months on Casodex and Lupron.
Undetectable PSA.


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   Posted 5/5/2011 12:36 AM (GMT -6)   
Oh Casey. it sounds like you have not had an easy time of it. My thoughts are with you.

Husband's age: 52. Sydney Australia.
Family history: Mat. grandfather died of PC at 72. Mat. uncle died of PC at 60. He has hereditary PC.
PSA: Aug07 - 2.5|Feb08 - 1.7|Oct09 - 3.67 (free PSA 27%)|Feb10 - 4.03 (free PSA 31%) |Jun10 - 2.69. DRE normal.
Biopsy 28Apr10: negative for a diagnosis of PC however 3 focal ASAPs “atypical, suspicious but not diagnostic” for PC. Review of biopsy by experienced pathologist, 1/12 core: 10% 3+3 (left transitional), 1/12 core: ASAP (left apex)
Nerve sparing RP, 20Aug10 with Dr Stricker. Post-op path: 3+4 (ISUP 2005). Neg (margins, seminal vesicles, extraprostatic extension). Multifocal, with main involvement in the fibro-muscular zone. T2C.
Post RP PSA,
Lab 1: Sep10 – 0.02|Nov10 – 0.03|Dec10 – 0.03|Feb10 – 0.03
Lab 2: Nov 10 - 0.01|Dec10 – 0.01|Feb10 – 0.01

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   Posted 5/5/2011 1:13 AM (GMT -6)   
hang in there buddy...there will be happier times!
age: 56
PSA on 12/09: 6.8
gleason 3+4 = 7
received 3rd and last lupron shot 9/14/10
2/8/11 PSA <.1, T= 6 ng/dl

Steve n Dallas
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   Posted 5/5/2011 4:16 AM (GMT -6)   
Sorry to hear the news... Why can't smaller family members live forever eyes

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   Posted 5/5/2011 7:19 AM (GMT -6)   
My best
Age 51 PSA 6.8
Bxy 10 of 12 Cores positive for Gleason 6. up to 75%
Robotic surg 11-02-09
Post op path. 20% neoplasm;4+3=7 Gleason
All nodes (14) and other related tissue negative for cancer
Post op PSA x 3, all <0.01

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   Posted 5/5/2011 7:23 AM (GMT -6)   
I'm very sorry, Casey.  Losing a pet is like losing a family member.  You definitely have been given a lot to deal with. 

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Date Joined May 2009
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   Posted 5/5/2011 7:27 AM (GMT -6)   
That's tough. I lost a dog to bone cancer and know how hard that was. Hang in there, and hope you and your wife get through this and grow closer because of it.
Age: 66
PSA: 7 tests over 2 years bounced around from 2.6 to 5.6
Biopsy 8 of 12 positive, Gleason 3+4, T2a
DaVinci August 2009, pathology Gleason 4+3, neg margins, T2c
Continent right away, ED
Viagra, Cialis did't work, Trimix works well
Post-surgery PSA:
3, month: undetectable <.1; 6 month: undetectable <.014 (ultrasensitive); 9, 12, 15 month: undetectable <.1; 18 month detectable .05

Gleason 6
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   Posted 5/5/2011 8:44 AM (GMT -6)   
I had a Golden that I had to put down several years ago. It's a shame that they don't live a longer life. I stayed with her while they put her to sleep. One thing I did was to pay up front so I didn't have to deal with that in the waiting room afterward while I was emotional upset (although it choked me up when I saw "Deceased" on the bill). You sure have a lot on your plate right now. I hope things get better for you.
Age 61
PSA 4.3 9/10
PSA 5.5 2/11
PSA 7.1 3/11
Template Biopsy 6 pos out of 40 3/25/11 GS 6 (3+3)
CT bone scan neg
6/18 areas positive - 2 in left base, 4 left apex. 6/40 cores pos. 33cc.
Stage T1C
Meeting with Dr. Wehle @ Mayo 5/4/11

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Date Joined Feb 2011
Total Posts : 713
   Posted 5/5/2011 9:00 AM (GMT -6)   
Casey I know how you feel. When I was growing up we always had hunting dogs and outside cats. My wife had no pets until after we were married. Tuesday I had to have one of our dogs put down . She was 13 years old and a very easy dog to own. All our dogs(3) are pets and not working dogs.
It seems like things come in threes ,so maybe we are due for some good luck. Between my stroke in 09',Pca dx in 10' and my youngest has MG, I think I've had my share thank you.
Every minute you fish or ride,adds an hour to your life!

Age 52 Dx age 53 daVinci surgery
prostate volume 32 grams
Biopsy 12 cores with 7 positive
Gleason score of 7
1st PSA 38.7 10/05/2010
2nd PSA 49.9 11/23/2010
CT neg.
BS Negative
RRP on 01/25/2011
PT3a -40% involved
margin involved-Left anterior
lymph nodes -clear
1st post op PSA-0.26-03/16/11

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Date Joined Sep 2010
Total Posts : 309
   Posted 5/5/2011 9:15 AM (GMT -6)   
Casey, I hope your wife gets to come tomorrow and that all works out for the good for her health. And, watching a pet suffer and losing a darn hard. I'm sorry.


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Date Joined Jul 2009
Total Posts : 384
   Posted 5/5/2011 9:24 AM (GMT -6)   
We lost our Golden Retreiver to Cancer earlier this year. Wishing you the and your wife comfort as you continue on.
Lewvino (larry)
Age 56 / age at diagnosis 54, PSA 5.1
Robotic surgery 08/12/09 at Vanderbilt, Nashville TN.

Final Path report:

20% of the prostate Involved
Tumor graded at T2C
Overall Gleason 3+4 (7)
Lymph Glands Clear, Positive Margin Noted in Right Apex
Twenty month PSA - 0

James C.
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   Posted 5/5/2011 9:35 AM (GMT -6)   
Casey, that's some tough blows to have to take in such a short span of time. Know that we are all thinking about you and yours.

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Date Joined Dec 2010
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   Posted 5/5/2011 9:46 AM (GMT -6)   
We are all brothers in this fight and share such similar experiences.

My wife has been going through her second bout of breast cancer and has more surgery on May 16. Two weeks ago our beloved Blossom (11 year old Springer Spaniel) was diagnosed with a large inoperable tumor that was blocking her intestines....she is now in heaven.

Casey, our prayers are with you and your wife and Sandy. Tell Sandy about our Blossom, they will have fun together watching over us.
PSA 59 on 8-26-2010 age 60. Biopsy 9-8-2010 12/12 positive, 20-80% involved, PNI in 3 cores, G 3+3,3+4,and 4+3=G7, T2b.
Eligard shot and daily Jalyn started on 10-7-2010.
IMRT to prostate and lymph nodes 25 fractions started on 11-8-2010
HDR Brachytherapy 12-6 and 13-2010.
PSA <.1 and T 23 on 2-3-2011.
PSA <.1 on 4-7-2011

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Date Joined Nov 2009
Total Posts : 7270
   Posted 5/5/2011 9:48 AM (GMT -6)   
This thread hits a chord. We had shelties for 25 years and it was tough to lose them. We then had a wonderful American Eskimo and hated to lose Casey. (Oooppppssss, sorry Casey, but that was his name, no joking).
Casey had what they called Canine Cognitive Dysfunction. It was just horrible. It is basically dementia. They had medication that actually works 75% of the time. Unfortunately, Casey was in that 25%. He eventually could barely walk (forgot how) and was in pain. This loving, fun dog was terrified of both of us strangers. We had to put him down.
Some day we may get another dog.

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   Posted 5/5/2011 10:52 AM (GMT -6)   
Casey, I can identify with your situation and feelings. Please know that you and your family are in our thoughts and blessings are sent your way.

It is well documented here that we are also a full time cancer family. Mine an apparent unresponsive PCa and my wife is battling a fairly aggressive strain of Multiple Myeloma.

Thankfully our dearly loved Schnauzer, Trooper, is in great health at this point. He never strays too far from my wife's side and they spend many days lying in bed together. He seems to know when she needs his company the most.

He is our first dog as a couple and my wife has said he could never be replaced.

Your post resonates strongly here in my house. Bless you and your wife and Sandy.

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
PSA .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 Radiation for MET
9/7/10 PSA 2.2
1/5/11 PSA 3.9
3/7/11 PSA 4.2
4/10/11 PSA 3.8

John T
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   Posted 5/5/2011 11:18 AM (GMT -6)   
You have had a run of luck that no one should go through. My wife's breast cancer affected me much more than my own; she's been cancer free now for 6 years. Putting my ridgeback down was the hardest thing I ever had to do. All things will pass. My wife and two ridgebacks are the center of my life and the old trials are forgotten in time.
Good luck my friend.

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Total Posts : 363
   Posted 5/5/2011 11:27 AM (GMT -6)   
My deepest sympathies on all the bad times. It seems things all get heaped on us at once. Here's hoping you both get through your cancers and enjoy your future pets. Loosing a pet is one of the toughest times in life for an animal person, future pets never fill the void but they do bring new happiness.

Best to you and yours

Dave in Durango CO

(6 dogs/7 cats/2 burros/1 horse)

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   Posted 5/5/2011 2:44 PM (GMT -6)   
I can relate as with my own cancer and then SRT, losing both parents in the last year and now they tell me my boxer has cancer and without chemo will be gone in a few months. Wont put him thru that as he has been thru a lot already. Somehow we get through these tough times, but they are not likely forgotten.
Dx with PCA 12/08 2 out of 12 cores positive 4.5 psa
59 yo when diagnosed, 61 yo 2010
Robotic surgery 5/09
Gleason upgraded to 3+5, volume less than 10%
2 pads per day, 1 depends but getting better,
started ED tx 7/17, slow go
Post op dx of neuropathy
T2C left lateral and left posterior margins involved
3 months psa.01, 6 month psa.4
Started IMRT Jan. 2010 72gys
7month post SRT PSA.27

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   Posted 5/5/2011 2:54 PM (GMT -6)   
Michael -- my in-laws corgi gained about a year of quality life with two rounds of chemo but he was only 6-7 at the time.  my dog is 14 but in good health.  i wouldn't consider chemo for her.
about a month ago we adopted another year-old dog (long hair chihuahua) which is a sign of life for me since a year ago i was so messed up and couldn't even buy a pair of socks cool .
age: 56
PSA on 12/09: 6.8
gleason 3+4 = 7
received 3rd and last lupron shot 9/14/10
2/8/11 PSA <.1, T= 6 ng/dl

Ed C. (Old67)
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   Posted 5/5/2011 5:31 PM (GMT -6)   
You seem to have been bitten by the cancer bug. I wish you and your wife the best. Losing a family pet is a tragis thing. You, your wife will be in my prayers.
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, 21, 2 years <.008? ) undetectable
27 months: .005

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   Posted 5/5/2011 5:50 PM (GMT -6)   
Casey, first, thanks for sharing this. I'm honored, and I'm sure all others here are as well, to be so trusted. Second, I've got all of you on my prayer list. It's an awful load you're carrying.

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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Total Posts : 25393
   Posted 5/5/2011 6:02 PM (GMT -6)   
That's a lot on your plate Casey for sure, I knew your wife was ill from other posts, but wasn't sure why. Wish her the best fighting her own "C".

Last year, we had to put down our family dog a year ago, her name happened to be "Sandy". She was 4 when we got her, and she just turned 20 when she died. The vet was amazed, and said that was so rare with a large breed dog, she was mostly German Shepherd, and lived her entire life outdoors. She protected our kids when they were younger, and was a first class watch dog the rest of the time. No one stole a thing on our property when she was alive.

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 margin
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, 4/11 3.81
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

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Date Joined Feb 2011
Total Posts : 112
   Posted 5/6/2011 6:07 AM (GMT -6)   
Those who mentioned the loss of their beloved pets may be interested in the Poem I wrote upon the death of our beloved Raven, a solid black German Shepherd we lost in February.

In Memorium

Raven (Beauty) Holliday

Lived and Loved
From June 7, 1999 to February 8, 2011

(11 years, 8 months and 1 day)

Raven Got Her Wings Today

The day has come - our girl is gone
She’s left our place behind
To go to find her Blackjack
And the dogs of every kind

Who lived their lives in loving homes
And played beneath the trees,
Until they left for God’s green fields
Where all dogs run fast and free

No longer will we see her face
Or feel her warming breath
No longer hear her warning bark
Now she’s gone to join the rest

Of those who lived their loyal lives
Wanting little but our touch
And a little food and water
That’s not asking very much

And in return she gave to us
Her heart and soul and love
The kind that’s unconditional
Like that given from above

She plays beneath God’s outstretched arms
He protects her from all pain
And lets her be young and strong
So she can jump and play again

And every time we think of her,
Our hearts will start to sing
As we cherish all she gave to us
‘til she donned her angel wings

Composed with love: by John E. Holliday
February 8, 2011

Cajun Jeff
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   Posted 5/6/2011 6:32 AM (GMT -6)   
Casey, So sorry for the tough times your having with the big C. Know that you are in my thoughts and prayers.

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
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