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Date Joined Jan 2018
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   Posted 2/13/2018 8:36 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello to anyone reading smile

I am updating because if testing for prostate cancer and the road that it takes to get to this point isn't stressful enough, we have had an interesting day.

My husband had an MRI scheduled at 7:30am today at Duke Cancer Center in Durham, NC. We live about 45 minutes from there. We have small children, so finding childcare for that early in the morning was difficult. We have no family near us. My mother was going to drive in (a 3 hour drive) but now has the flu. So, we wake the kids up and take them with us, leaving before the sun is up.

All goes well, the cancer center is very nice....and then the 1.5 hour mark rolls around. I start getting ancy, because we were told it would take 45 minutes at most. Finally, a nurse came out to tell me my husband had an allergic reaction to the contrast dye they throat swelling, sneezing, hives reaction. They had to start another IV and give him benadryl in it....this was on top of the 10mg of Valium he already down before the procedure. He was so out of it he could't stand.

Oh, let me mention he is on year 6 of sobriety. So, yeah....

5 hours later....we were back home and his is passed out. It's very tough seeing your husband go through this. He said the coil was more than just uncomfortable...that it was extremely painful. In fact, it is still hurting 12 hours after the MRI.

Anyways, it wasn't the ideal MRI...not that an MRI at a cancer center for your prostate could ever be ideal...but I thought maybe someone would get a chuckle or nod their head with the circus that this feels like to me.

Tomorrow is a new day...

Thank you for anyone who listens and I'm grateful for this forum.


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Date Joined Sep 2012
Total Posts : 2949
   Posted 2/13/2018 8:58 PM (GMT -6)   
Oh my...I'm so sorry to hear about his experience. As to the endorectal coil, I can vouch for how difficult that is. Yes, it is more than just uncomfortable--I spent most of my time in the machine trying to figure out if I could rip the coil out and run away.

I hope this all fades quickly and you can move ahead. And, of course, I hope that your husband doesn't have join our club! All the best to you!
Age 57, Diagnosed at 51
PSA 9.6, Gleason: 9 (5+4), three 7s (3+4)
Chose triple play of HDR brachy, IMRT and HT (Casodex, Lupron and Zytiga)
Completed HT (18 months) in April 2014
9/17: PSA = 0.1

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Date Joined Dec 2014
Total Posts : 1526
   Posted 2/13/2018 9:34 PM (GMT -6)   
hey *that's* my idea of a great (and honest) screen name. (I like ya already lol)

Just another day in the life of.....

Good luck....things happen for a reason Jenn....(or so I'm told smile)

Like you say...."Tomorrow's another day..."

Thanks for posting...(oh...and no....he doesn't need another chip tongue
PSA 2010 thru 2014...4.0 +/- .7
Dx 12/14 @ 56 yo...2 cores G6 <5%, 1 core G6 20%, 1 core HGPIN.
RALP 11/25/15...3+4. 3 to 5 mm surgical margin 15% involvement pT2+

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Date Joined Mar 2017
Total Posts : 73
   Posted 2/13/2018 10:40 PM (GMT -6)   
Sorry to hear your husband had this bad experience with the3TMRI. I did not have any reaction
to the Contrast Injection and did not have the Endorectal Coil. Hopefully he gets over the pain
it caused and your future is brighter.
DOB, 12/1955
PSA, Date
0.5, 2003; 0.95, 2006; 1.6, 2008; 6.6, 11/2016; 6.7, 12/2016 (free PSA = 11%); 5.6, 7/2017;
6.2, 10/2017
Pca3 = 116 (< 25 normal)
DRE = suspicious ( 11/2016 ) ;
3TMRI , 3/2017 ; 2 Lesions are PIRADS=4 ; Prostate volume 63 ml
BIOPSY 4/20/2017;7 of 14 cores positive 15-70% adenocarcinoma Gleason(3+3)=6;PI in 1. Dr. Epstein confirmed.
SBRT complete Jan 02, 2018.
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