Well, I lost a friend this morning. I got to know him in a Sunday School class I teach which consists of the oldest guys in the church, most of them 20++ years older than me. Still, it is a very active and sharp group.
This gentleman had retired twice, but gone back to work as an accountant both times because he just couldn't stand being retired. He was still working full time. He came down with PC maybe 6 or 7 years ago(I don't know any gleason details) and had RT. He had just cleared the 5 year mark with no PSA rise, only drops, and thought he was home free, but then the next year it started rising and they put him one of the meds some folks here take, I can't remember which. Maybe it was Xtandi? Not sure.
But shortly after starting it he was in the hospital seemingly near death, and I think I started a thread here asking if his symptoms could have been SEs from the drug. But he recovered, I think he quit taking the drug, and for the last several months had been back to more or less normal. Back in SS and going out to eat with the guys once a month.
Got a call this morning: he got up to go to the bathroom, and collapsed and died. I will miss him, he was one of several WW2 vets in that SS class, and I loved to hear his(and their) their stories.
I'm not even sure why I am posting this here. I guess I am wondering how it would have gone with him if he had not had any PC treatment at about
age 85, or most especially if he had not had the recent drug treatment when his PSA started to rise again about
a year ago? Would he have done a lot worse with no treatment? I don't know, and I don't know if he was a G6 or 10.
I also have written before about
my 80+ year old neighbor across the street(whose wife died of Alzheimer's about
5 or so years ago) with the PSA of 20+ , but with no symptoms or mets apparently, who just keeps on going, no treatment other that supplements. He does not know his Gleason, and apparently does not care. His choice and he has had several good years so far.
Going to the other end of the age spectrum, I also had another friend who got PC late 40s, had the surgery(by my local URO, though he sent me up to J. Smith at Vanderbilt), wore a diaper(as he called it) at work for a while, had a penile implant after a year or 2(had a pretty wife younger than him, 4 boys from age 8 to 18), then died of a massive stroke at 51. If he would have possessed a crystal ball to tell him of that upcoming death from stroke, I'm sure he would have said "no thanks" to treatment for PC. But like the rest of us, he did not have one of those.
Again, not sure what my point is, why I am posting about
this man's death. Other than he died with PC, not from it. But would that have been different if he had no treatment? Who knows? I guess it can go either way.
Post Edited (BillyBob@388) : 10/9/2015 10:34:45 AM (GMT-6)