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Date Joined May 2007
Total Posts : 234
   Posted 10/25/2007 5:17 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi everyone
Sorry we haven't posted in a while, we have been pretty busy with lots of Doctor appointments and work stuff. Thank you all for your responses to our last posts.
Rick has concluded that he is not going to have any further treatment for his PC. He says he wants to go for QOL rather than living the rest of his life dealing with side effects from Hormone or radiation treatments. I have talked to him in as much detail as I can of this and printed out lots of info for him to read. I have tried to talk him into treatment and then left him alone to think on his own. He says he is comfortable with his decision and wants to deal with it in his own way. He says he is ok with the fact that he will probally die of PC rather than with PC, but really does not want to deal with treatment side effects. He just wants me to understand and support his decision. I told him I would stick by him no matter waht his decision was. I have lived with him for 25 great years and will be thankful for every day I have with him. I don't know if this is the right decision but waht else can I do?
I am so glad to see that most all of you are doing well and hope & pray for continued healing & happiness.
Rick & Diana
6-30-06  PSA 2.54
1-22-07  PSA 4.98
1-26-07  PSA 5.09
Diag: 2-14-07 Gleason 8 Stage T1c PSA 5.09
Bone Scan 3-1-07 Clear
3-6-07 Triple Spinal Fusion (due to old back injury)
Radical retropubic surgery 4-2-07  Post surgery Gleason 9 Stage T3a Positive margins
4-29-07 PSA 0.2
6-9-07   PSA 0.2
7-6-07   PSA 0.3
8-1-07   CT Scan & Chest X-Ray   Clean
 9-26-2007 PSA 0.7

Cedar Chopper
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Date Joined Mar 2007
Total Posts : 432
   Posted 10/25/2007 5:59 AM (GMT -6)   

I was watching some charming and poignant (big) kids movie the other day
(I think it was Bridge to Tarabithia) and its recurring theme was:
"Keep your mind wide open."

We of course must respect Rick's decision and your relationship.
I don't remember Rick's age and I seem to recall that
there are more comorbidities than listed in your signature.

I personally would still consider just hormone treatment as
my understanding is that it will likely increase "QOL"
 - in my limited knowledge of your situation and prognosis.

Who knows what new miracle of modern medicine will cross our horizon soon!
I'm still holding out for a cheap and easy cure for all cancers.

In the meantime, keeping our minds wide open for unimagined miracles for you and yours!


2 Years of PSA between 4 and 5.5  + Biopsy 23DEC06 
Only 5 percent cancer in one of 8 samples.  +  Gleeson 3+3=6
Radical Prostatectomy 16FEB07 at age 54.
1+" tumor - touching inside edge of gland.  + Confined:)
Pad Free @ 14 weeks.  Six Month PSA <.003  :)
At 6 months, ED treated with Pump Exercises & 50mg Viagra Daily
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Tony Crispino
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Date Joined Dec 2006
Total Posts : 8128
   Posted 10/25/2007 1:02 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Diana,
I have to strongly agree with Cedar on this one. If he needs HT then by all means take the darn stuff. If they recommend RT then do it. Dying of treatable prostate cancer is poor way of improving Quality of LIFE. Especially when there are options available. Now I am on HT, had RT, and don't feel ready to cash in at all. In fact I would not trade life for the small side effects I have experienced. To the contrary, I have been pleasantly surprised by the fact I feel as well as I do given the circumstances. Radiation is not that bad for the post op patients, in fact I had nothing to speak of really. Rick still has time for his decision to change. And he can change it again later. If he doesn't want to continue any treatment then he can stop at any time. If he needs to talk to those who have a more positve experience with advanced prostate cancer, I see your EM address enabled. Look for some contact.

Age 45 (44 when Dx)
Pre-op PSA was 19.8
Surgery on Feb 16, 2007
Post-Op Pathology was poor: Gleason 4+3=7, 4 positive margins, Stage pT3b (Stage III)
HT began in May, '07 with Lupron and Casodex 50mg
IMRT radiation for 38 Treatments ending August 3, '07
My PSA did drop out after surgery to undetectable.  It has not returned and I will continue HT until January '08.
My Life is supported very well by family and friends like you all.

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