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Date Joined Dec 2006
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   Posted 12/17/2006 7:08 PM (GMT -6)   
Is tiredness common with prostate cancer? I am speaking before treatments. Seems like I have been tired for a long time, even before diagnosis. Seems hard to believe it's caused by my cancer, so I was wondering if others had a similar experience.

51 years old
PSA = 4.3 (jumped 0.9 in 5 months)
DRE: Negative
Biopsy on 11/7/06 (10 cores): 2 cores Gleason 6 and 2 cores Gleason 7 (3+4)
Surgery: open RRP set for Jan, 2007 (Cleveland Clinic).

Tim G
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   Posted 12/17/2006 7:45 PM (GMT -6)   
I didn't notice any difference in my level of energy or my tiredness quotient
before being diagnosed with prostate cancer.  I haven't read in any literature that it is common for those in the early stage of the disease.
Let me add that it has taken me a full six months to return to my former level of energy and fitness after surgery.  I am now back doing my full exercise routine that I have done for the past 10 years--aerobics, weights and stretching.  My fitness index (measured by V02max) is where it was before surgery.
Many of us survive prostate cancer, but having had prostate cancer changes us forever.
Age 58 PSA 2.6 Gleason 5
Bi-lateral nerve-sparing RRP 6/21/06
Cancer confined to prostate 3-month PSA non-detectable

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Date Joined Oct 2006
Total Posts : 54
   Posted 12/17/2006 7:58 PM (GMT -6)   
I haven't seen where being tired is a symptom of prostate cancer. In fact, when I was first diagnosed, I had the same symtoms and asked the same question. Come to find out that, due to being a type II diabetic, my blood sugar was out of whack. Stress will do that. Might want to check yours.

        Age 59 -  psa 2.5 to 4.5 in 11 mon.
 9-17-06: DRE - enlarged prostate & nodule L/S
10-10-06: Biopsy
10-17-06: Biopsy Report: 3+3, 3+3, 3+4 
10-30-06: CT & Bone Scan - OK
11-13-06: 2nd CT & chest X-ray - OK
11-28-06: Physical Therapy - Intro to Kegals
11-30-06: Pre-Op for Surgery
12-06-06: Robotic surgery
12-11-06: Catheter out - Total Control
12-12-06: Path report - more cancer area than biopsy indicated. Right nerve bundle saved. Appears confined to prostate. Nodes & Vessels clean. 
Cancer is what we HAVE
"Cancer SURVIVORS is who we'll be!!"

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   Posted 12/18/2006 1:50 AM (GMT -6)   
Tiredness was an issue with my husband before the diagnosis and even more so with the hormone therapy.

M. Kat
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   Posted 12/18/2006 8:15 AM (GMT -6)   
Jeff did not have any symptoms of having cancer. tiredness can be caused by so many things....dehydration is the first thing I think of. Tim, the comment you made about being changed forever is so true. kat
Husband Jeff 56 years old diagnosed July 27, 2006
PSA 6.5, 2 positive areas in biopsy, Gleason 3+3=6
Radical Retropubic Prostatectomy August 30, 2006
pathology report - all clear - cancer gone
1st post-surgery PSA test 0.1
no more pads Oct 12, 2006
2nd post-surgery PSA test 0.1

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Date Joined Nov 2006
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   Posted 12/18/2006 3:41 PM (GMT -6)   
 Hi Talk to your GP or uralogist about your testosterone levels it can make you tired if it is low.

 54 year old robust male
 Latest PSA pre-biopsy 6.7, next PSA due 1/07
 Gleason 3 + 3
 Stage T1a
 DaVinci robotic laproscopic prostatectomy 10/11/06
 post surgery pathology:  malignancy in less than 1% of samples

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Date Joined Oct 2006
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   Posted 12/18/2006 5:47 PM (GMT -6)   
A person so often feels tired after finding out news they didn't want to have to hear or deal with.  Initially upon diagnosis there's a fear/depression that sets in and tiredness goes with those. 
In our case this was the case, and as we then went through the stages of dealing with something like cancer and got to the acceptance -- lets get rid of this thing stage, the tiredness left too.
Now following a post surgery PSA of zero I see a huge change.
Take care and good luck!
;o)  Linda & Bob

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Date Joined Apr 2006
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   Posted 12/18/2006 6:36 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Researcher87,

Like the others have said being tired or fateagued is not a symtom I experienced before surgery. After the procedure however for about a month I would quickly tire, and needed to rest in the early afternoon. You may be suffering from the stress caused by the diagnosis and worrying prior to your procedure. In any case it might be a good idea to ask your doctor.

Good luck to you, and please keep us informed when you get a chance.


Diagnosed at age 60
PSA went from 2.2 to 3.8 in 14 months
2 of 14 cores positive at 10%
Gleason 6(3+3), negative DRE, neg. boundaries
DaVinci surgery on 02/23/06

Post Edited (spinbiscuit) : 12/18/2006 8:05:33 PM (GMT-7)

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Date Joined Dec 2006
Total Posts : 14
   Posted 12/18/2006 7:26 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks all. I may just be stressed, not only in dealing with the cancer, but I have a stressful job, too.
51 years old
PSA = 4.3 (jumped 0.9 in 5 months)
DRE: Negative
Biopsy on 11/7/06 (10 cores): 2 cores Gleason 6 and 2 cores Gleason 7 (3+4)
Surgery: open RRP set for Jan, 2007 (Cleveland Clinic).

Veteran Member

Date Joined May 2006
Total Posts : 2542
   Posted 12/19/2006 2:28 PM (GMT -6)   

Hi! Researcher87,


Yes ~ the mind has a tendency to work overtime…once you’re diagnosed.  Don’t hesitate to check on a mild sleep aide to help you get the sleep you need to be strong for surgery…


Being tired before diagnosis … we did not experience this!  As they say…. It’s a silent disease!!! So ~ don’t hesitate to check with your doc…~ for other things may be going on!! 


Take care,

Lee & Buddy


P.S.  Your signature shows Jan, 2007 surgery date….  Please confirm the “day” so we can send extra “hugs” to you during this time.

mama bluebird - Lee & Buddy… 53 on surgery day

RRP / Radical Retropubic Prostatectomy with "wide excision"

April 3, 2006   PSA 4.6   Gleason  3+3=6  T2a  

Confined to Prostate   June 29th ~ PSA Less than 0.1 Non-detectable

Regular Member

Date Joined Aug 2006
Total Posts : 62
   Posted 12/19/2006 9:28 PM (GMT -6)   

Let me see..... before surgery I had the normal BHP symptoms that caused me "frequent" night urinations, woke me up hourly or every two hours. Pain in back and hip area woke me up..... yep I was tired a lot prior to surgery.

Then as others have said "fear and apprehension" at diagnosis ...... yep that caused me more and more sleepless nights as surgery neared.

Then surgery..... slept real good for the procedure and next few days..... go "drugs" go..... "hang" was there by my side so didn't have to even get up to "go".

Then the pathology and advanced cancer treatments, more "fear and outright fear". Hormone therapy definitely reduces your stamina in more then one way. The chemo this time has totally washed me out. The doctor says each additional treatment will probably have a increasing effect on this too.

I have a prescription of Ambien and take it occasionally but it's effect has been marginal at best.

I would definitely tell your urologist of the tiredness and see if he has any ideas. I think it comes with the PC.
I'm tired..... going to bed....hahaha.

Diagnosed Aug. 7, 2006
Age 56
Biopsy 8 of 10 positive
Gleason 8
PSA 16.2
Negative CTscan, bone scan, Carbon 11 PETscan, and lung x-ray
Lapro Prostatectomy 9/7/2006
Capsule penetration, seminal vessicle involvement, clear lymph nodes.
Post op PSA 0.2
95% chance of reoccurance
Hormone and Chemo Therapy on NCI Study CALGB 99904 11/28/06
Followup radiation on about 3/15/07

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