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Swimom
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   Posted 8/12/2007 9:32 AM (GMT -7)   

sad   sad

 

Legendary Merv Griffin loses his fight. A childhood T.V. icon rests in peace.

 
 
 


spinbiscuit
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   Posted 8/12/2007 9:55 AM (GMT -7)   
Merv was one of a kind, and we will miss him...


IdahoSurvivor
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   Posted 8/12/2007 9:55 AM (GMT -7)   
What a good man.  God rest his soul.
 
Idaho
 
P.S. Here's the only story I could find on Merv and what he went through to chose the original treatment. 
 
What a trooper!  He gave it a good fight!
 

 

http://transcripts.cnn.com/TRANscriptS/0303/15/lklw.00.html

 


Age: 54
PSA: 4.3
Biopsy: T1c, 3+3=6, 2 pos. samples in one node, <5% volume
Surgery (robotic): 31 Jul 2007, saved nerve bundle on side of non-cancerous node
Hospital stay: 2 days
Final pathology: Tumor confined to prostate, T2a, 3+3=6, <1% volume
Working to get back into good shape
Waiting for that first post-op PSA

 

Post edited to activate link….  Hmmm … doesn’t work…. (COPY & PASTE)

 


Post Edited By Moderator (bluebird) : 8/12/2007 9:01:37 PM (GMT-6)


StrictlyInc
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Date Joined Dec 2006
Total Posts : 353
   Posted 8/12/2007 7:30 PM (GMT -7)   
The above link doesn't work for me.

Seems he was recently diagnosed, right? Mid- July or something like that..?
____________________

Prostate cancer diagnosed: May 15, 2006 (age 40)
Gleason score: pre-surgery 3+3=6; post-surgery 3+4=7
daVinci radical prostatectomy: July 25, 2006
size of tumor: approx 1.1 inches; negative margins from surgery

- number of pads/day at 3 months after surgery: 3 to 5
- number of pads/day at 4 months after surgery: 1 to 2
- number of pads/day at 6-12 months after surgery: 0 to 1

- 1st post-surgery PSA: 0 (Nov 2006); 2nd post-surgery PSA: 0 (Feb 2007)
- 3rd post-surgery PSA: 0 (May 2007); 4th post-surgery PSA: 0 (June 2007)

The search for timber: took Viagra/Cialis approx. every other day, ErecAid once a day, injections. Peyronie's diagnosed 7/5/07. Now on Cialis, L-arginine and pentoxyfylline, ordered to be celibate for 6 weeks.

- PGE1 batting average: .364 (4 for 11)
- Bimix batting average: .200 (2 for 6)
- Trimix batting average: .500 (1 for 2)

"Lost in the valley without my horses, no one can tell me what my remorse is..."


IdahoSurvivor
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Date Joined Aug 2007
Total Posts : 1015
   Posted 8/12/2007 8:02 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi StricklyInc,

The link still works for me, however there is another way.

This is an interview on CNN with Merv Griffin on Larry King on March 15, 2003.

Go to the Larry King Section on CNN:

http://www.cnn.com/CNN/Programs/larry.king.live/

Then go down the page on the left margin to the link called "Read transcripts of the shows"

Select the transcript labeled: "March 15, 2003"

Search for the word "prostate" using your browser's "find" button or menu item.

Hope that helps!

Idaho
Age: 54
PSA: 4.3
Biopsy: T1c, 3+3=6, 2 pos. samples in one node, <5% volume
Surgery (robotic): 31 Jul 2007, saved nerve bundle on side of non-cancerous node
Hospital stay: 2 days
Final pathology: Tumor confined to prostate, T2a, 3+3=6, <1% volume
Working to get back into good shape
Waiting for that first post-op PSA

Post Edited (IdahoSurvivor) : 8/12/2007 10:26:45 PM (GMT-6)


PianoMan
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Date Joined Feb 2007
Total Posts : 365
   Posted 8/26/2007 12:52 PM (GMT -7)   
Bump!

I heard this week that Jerry Lewis is under fire for saying that Merv Griffin "deserved to die" because he didn't seek treatment for his PCa. I've been around Jerry quite a few times over the years and he has a knack for sticking his foot in his mouth. Lewis says he is a PCa survivor.
http://www.etonline.com/celebrities/news/49642/

Merv Griffin did have radiation treatment in 1996, according to the article below. But he kept his later recurrence under wraps -- even from immediate family members. So Lewis's statement was rediculous.
http://psa-rising.com/blog/index.php/2007/08/23/update1

I have read though, that two other celebs. who died from PCa avoided conventional therapies

Telly Savalas, according to one article I read, was diagnosed back in the late '80s but didn't seek treatment until 1993 or so.

When Frank Zappa was diagnosed, he insisted on a natural/holistic-type approach and proceeded to bury himself in his work.

So I guess there's something to be said for all of us here, who have acted on this disease in a more conventional and timely manner. I was originally scared to hear about Savalas and Zappa, because I knew the kind of money they had and figured they'd had the best possible treatments known to man. As it turned out, both waited until it was too late.

54 years old

PSA = First ever was 9.8 in late Oct. ‘06, two weeks later, 10.1

DRE: Negative

Biopsy results 11/22/06 (6 out of 8 cores positive), both lobes, Gleason 3+3 = 6

Da Vinci Robotic RP surgery, City of Hope, Jan 12, 2007

Post surgery pathology – Organ confined, Gleason still 6, margins clear.

First post-surgery PSA -- Undetectable, 2/20/07

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