Has any good come to you from having PCa?
Made me stronger in dealing with things - 3.0% - 1 votes
Brought me closer to my spouse/others - 9.1% - 3 votes
Made me value the important things in life - 15.2% - 5 votes
Caused a positive redirection in my life - 6.1% - 2 votes
All of the above - 27.3% - 9 votes
No, no good has come from it - 39.4% - 13 votes
Posted 6/7/2013 9:30 AM (GMT -6)
This thread is a sort of follow-up to Todd1963's recent thread "How this disease has changed your life."
Every now and then a poster will comment that they feel that some actual good has come into their lives from having PCa.
They feel that, despite its negatives, having PCa has in some way or ways actually produced something positive in their lives.
Do you feel that way? If so, please vote in the above survey and let us know if it has been so in your own life (or has not).
If there has been some other good that you have experienced and it is not expressed in the survey questions above, please post and tell us what it is.
Also, if you select above "It has caused me to value the important things," please post and tell us what those important things have been for you.
This should be an interesting discussion.
Chronic prostatitis (age 60 on)
BPH w/ urinary obstruction, 6/2011
Ongoing high PSA, 7/2011-12/2011
Biopsy, 12/2011: positive 3/12 (90%, 70%, 5%)
Gleason 6, T1c
No mets, PCa likely still contained
IMRT w/ HT (Lupron), 4/2012-6/2012
PSA (8/3/2012): 0.1
PSA (12/7/2012): 0.1
PSA (4/11/2013): 0.1
Posted 6/7/2013 9:35 AM (GMT -6)
EDIT: Now I can see the poll....
I appreciate life more now that I did before...
Posted 6/7/2013 9:50 AM (GMT -6)
One thing is good. It's less messy.
James - Age 47
Biopsy 11-27-12 - PSA 12.7 | 7% Free PSA - 2/12 cores - 1 G6 3+3 5%, 1 G7 3+4 20%, Staged T1c
daVinci surgery March 22, 2013 PSA 16
Bilateral nerve sparing, 100% continent, 75% ED
G7 3+4, G4 <5%, 10% tumor in prostate, pT2c, pN0
Margins, Lymph nodes, Seminal Vesicles - Clear
5-24-13 PSA <0.10
"I would never deliberately stir up trouble!"
Posted 6/7/2013 10:05 AM (GMT -6)
Although I have not had the bad side effects a lot of members here have had I can't think of one positive thing that has came out of this. I can have sex but that sex life basically sucks. I don't orgasm most of the time and most of the time I go limp half way through it. A lot of the time I double think my decision to have the prostate removed.
Post Edited (p_elliott) : 6/7/2013 10:11:57 AM (GMT-6)
Posted 6/7/2013 10:08 AM (GMT -6)
I think it has made me and my wife closer and I think I also have a bit more of a "get the most out of each day" attitude.
PS Still wish I didn't have this...
Age 52, Diagnosed at 51
9/6/2012 biopsy positive, biopsy in 2007 negative
Gleason: 9=5+4, three 7s=3+4, 6 of 30 cores
Bone scan=negative, CT scan=negative
Most recent PSA, May 2012=9.6
Started Casodex/Lupron 11/12, added Zytiga 12/12
Finished HDR brachytherapy Jan of 2013, completed 25 sessions of IMRT in March of 2013--both at UCLA
Posted 6/7/2013 10:11 AM (GMT -6)
Flying doesn't scare me as much.Also I got to meet some great people at the GFMPH.
Age of Dx: 51, no symptoms
3/11: Denied life ins. based on elevated PSA of 5.8.
4/11: Biopsy revealed cancer, G6; scheduled DaVinci for Sept.
9/11: radical prostatectomy; nerves spared; organ confined, margins & lymph nodes clear, G6; cath. removed 1 wk. post-op.
10/11: dry, erection at 70%.
9/26: 15 mo. post-op PSA undetectable.
< 0.01We laugh to keep from screaming
Posted 6/7/2013 10:17 AM (GMT -6)
Interesting topic, thanks.
I had experienced all 4 of your choices in your poll, battling my 3 previous bouts of cancer, so I was already a seasoned cancer fighter long before having my PC. So, I came into PC with the attributes in your poll already in place, which made PC a whole lot less scarier than it might be with some here that are dealing with PC as their first cancer experience. Hope that made sense.
david in sc
Age: 60, 56 at PC dx, PSA 16.3
3rd Biopsy: 9/8 7 of 7 Positive, 40-90%, 4+3
open RP: 11/8, Catheter in 63 days
Path Rpt: 3+4, pT2c, 42g, 20% tumor, 1 pos margin
Incontinence & ED: None
Surgery Failed, recurrence within 9 months
Salvage Radiation 10/9-11/9, SRT failed within 9 months, PSA 12/12 = 40.x
Spent total of 1 ½ years on 21 catheters, Ileal Conduit Surgery 9/10,
7 other PC-related surgeries 2009-2012
Severe Chronic Pain, Severe Fatigue, & Urostomy
Member of Prostate Cancer & Chronic Pain HW Communities since 10/2008
“I live in the weak and the wounded” – Session Nine (Movie)
Posted 6/7/2013 10:46 AM (GMT -6)
It's turned me into a more spiritual person and at the same time given me more of a 'let 'er rip' attitude. It has also made me more contemplative, considering what I lost physically and emotionally from cancer. It drew me closer to people and made me pay more attention to suffering. It was a 'memento mori' wake-up call. Overall, I don't consider the changes wrought by prostate cancer to be black or white, good or bad, but rather an infinite spectrum of color. Having cancer may have ended, but having had cancer does not.
Official Zero Club Scullery Assistant
Age 64 1/2 Prostatectomy 2006 Organ-confined
7 years PSAs < 0.1
Prostate Cancer Foundation Supporter
Posted 6/7/2013 11:37 AM (GMT -6)
I tried to think of any warm fuzzies from PCa and can't come up with any.
Posted 6/7/2013 12:08 PM (GMT -6)
PSAs: 4.76 (May 2012), 4.23 (August 2012), 3.98 (October 2012), 4.9 (February 2013)
Biopsy right prostate: Benign tissue
Biopsy left prostate: Prostatic adencarcinoma, Gleason score 7 (4+3), Tumor involves 2 of 10 cores and 5% of total tissue sampled, Positive for perineural invasion
TRUS measured prostate volume 19.36 cc
66 Pd-103 seeds implanted (March 2013)
Posted 6/7/2013 12:17 PM (GMT -6)
I lost about 15 lbs from the surgery and maybe made me a little more health conscious so I checked "caused a positive re-direction" but aside from that nothing good.
Posted 6/7/2013 1:06 PM (GMT -6)
While my first choice would be to never had cancer, there has been a good side to all of this. My wife and I are closer. It is rather sobering to realize your check out date is closer than you thought and it makes you look at things differently. I am living more in the moment than thinking about planning for the very distant future. I don't want to end up like my dad, who grew up during the depression. That experience taught him to plan for the future. Unfortunately he didn't get to live that future because he became ill way too young and died way too early to enjoy the fruits of his labor. Even though my cancer diagnosis was less than six months ago, it has changed how I look at life. Instead of saying we are going to do that one day, well that one day is today, so we go ahead and do it.
6/12-PSA 4.6, Biopsy 12/19/12 Positive 4 of 12
Gleason 3+4=7 T1C
Updated Gleason 4+3=7
Cancer present left mid and left base approximately 5-10%
Capsular penetration- 1 to 2 mm
First post op PSA 4-5-13 Undetectable
Posted 6/7/2013 1:14 PM (GMT -6)
I eat better now, so i voted "positive redirection". Other than that, nothing really.
PSA 3/18/13 = 6.4
3 of 12 cores positive (10%, 80%, and 60%)
Gleason Score 3+3
Have not decided on treatment yet.