Stepfather's Cancer Has Returned

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dawgfan
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   Posted 12/18/2007 8:18 PM (GMT -7)   
My mother and stepfather received some disturbing news today. He's 87 and went through Prostate Cancer many years ago. He had his prostate removed. Apparently, his urologist has been watching his PSA rise, although we don't know over what period of time. They were told today that the cancer is in his bones. We have no more information at this point and await a consult with an oncologist. They did mention that chemo is out due to his physical condition we think.
 
Is it possible that the cancer from many years ago has spread to his bones? It seems more likely this is another cancer. There's never a good time for news like this, but it seems to hit harder during the season when everyone is usually so cheerful.
 
PS - I lost my real father to leukemia in 1993. He died about a month and a half after diagnosis. We were hoping my mother wouldn't have to go through something like this again.
Diagnosed 8/24/06
Gleason 6
PSA 3.32
stage T1C
age 48
da Vinci on 10/20/06
Last PSA Oct '07 = ZERO
Husband, Father, Son, Brother, Friend
"Never miss a good chance to listen."
 


bluebird
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   Posted 12/18/2007 8:56 PM (GMT -7)   

Hey ~ Dawgfan,

Thank you for reaching out to all of us.... and we reach back to you and your loved ones at this time…  Our thoughts and prayers surround you ~ pull strength from us!!!  Stay close ~ okay!  We will keep you and yours... extra close too! In Friendship ~ Lee & Buddy


Tony Crispino
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   Posted 12/18/2007 9:15 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Dawgfan,
Our warmest wishes for your step fathers well being. Tough enough that you are here but for your step father to be ill is something that noone would like to face. It could be from the prostate from what I've read. Noone knows why after a surgery that showed no margins that it comes back tens years or more later. But it does happen.

Tony
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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STAY POSITIVE!


dawgfan
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   Posted 12/19/2007 12:38 PM (GMT -7)   
Just spoke with my mom and she said the doc says this is directly related to the prostate cancer. He was diagnosed and I assume operated on in 1992. The procedure done at that point did not offer the surgeon as good a view (magnification?) as the daVinci does these days the doc explained to her.
 
Thanks to all for adding him to your prayer list.
Diagnosed 8/24/06
Gleason 6
PSA 3.32
stage T1C
age 48
da Vinci on 10/20/06
Last PSA Oct '07 = ZERO
Husband, Father, Son, Brother, Friend
"Never miss a good chance to listen."
 


myman
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   Posted 12/19/2007 5:27 PM (GMT -7)   
Dawgfan,
I'm so sorry you all are going through this, esp. your mother.
Please know the minute someone reads this (and there will be many) they'll be praying for your family.
Sometimes all we can do is hope for the best, whatever that may be.
cancer sucks
Susan
Husband Diagnosed 11/17/05 Age: 63 No Symptoms
PSA: 7.96, Positive DRE
Biopsy Right: 6 of 6 Cores Positive Biopsy Left: 1 of 6 Cores Positive
Gleason: 4+3 = 7 Stage: T2B N0 MX
3 mo. PSA Post LRP Surgery: 11.8, 12.9, 13.9 Bone scan, CT scan, Endorectal MRI, Chest XR - neg.
09/06/06: 6 mo. PSA: 18.8 Distant lymph node involvement Start HT Lupron 3 mo. shots
12/06/06: PSA 0.8
03/07/07: PSA 0.3
06/06/07: PSA 0.1
09/05/07: PSA 0.1
11/27/07: PSA 0.1


Tamu
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   Posted 12/19/2007 7:49 PM (GMT -7)   
My mother died in the fall of 2006 from breast cancer that returned 45 years after she had a radical masectomy. We were told it was unusual for the reoccurence but it has occured before after that length of time. It appears that the cancer had been in remission until she had a flair up in scar tissue from the surgery and subsequent raidiation treatments. She was 92 when she died so she did have a long life.

Tamu
Diagnosed 7/6/06, 1 of 10 core samples, 40%,Stage T1c, Gleason 3+3
Da Vinci on 11/01/06, Catheter out on 11/13/06
56 Years Old
Post Op Path, Gleason 3+3, Approx. 5% of prostate involved
Prostate Confined, margins clear
Undetectable PSA on 12/18/06
No more pads as of 1/13/07
Began injections in April '07
Undetectable PSA on 6/25/07


IdahoSurvivor
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   Posted 12/20/2007 12:03 AM (GMT -7)   

Hi dawgfan,

'So sorry to hear the news.  Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your father at this time.  We will continue to pray for his well-being.  Remember, there is always hope.  Please stay close with your friends in the forum.

Sincerely,

Idaho


"Idaho" ~ Barry

 

Da Vinci Surgery July 31, 2007… 54 on surgery day
PSA 4.3  Gleason 3+3=6  T2a  Confined to Prostate

1st PSA  9/11/2007   <0.04 (undetectable)

2nd PSA 12/10/2007  <0.04

My web site: http://pca-info.blogspot.com


dawgfan
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Date Joined Aug 2006
Total Posts : 148
   Posted 12/21/2007 6:47 AM (GMT -7)   
We had an early Christmas GTG at our house last night with my mother, stepfather and stepsister. My brother and his fiance' and her two kids also came over. We have to do this each year because my mom and stepfather go down to Louisiana to be with his other daughter and family.

Good fellowship, a good meal and some presents to boot! The mood was festive and it was agreed that all of us in the support network were going to be as upbeat as possible from here on out.

My personal experience in the last year taught me that a positive supporting cast greatly influences healing. Thanks to all for your kind thoughts and words.
Diagnosed 8/24/06
Gleason 6
PSA 3.32
stage T1C
age 48
da Vinci on 10/20/06
Last PSA Oct '07 = ZERO
Husband, Father, Son, Brother, Friend
"Never miss a good chance to listen."
 


Doting Daughter
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   Posted 12/21/2007 9:05 AM (GMT -7)   

Merry Christmas and God bless you and yours.

 


Father's Information
DX July 15, 2007
Age 62 (now 63)
PSA 5.5
Original Gleason 3+4=7 
Post Surgery Gleason- 4+3=7
DaVinci Surgery Aug 31, 2007
Focally Positive Right Margin
One positive node
Bone Scan/CT Negative (Sept. 10, 2007)
T3a N1 M0
Oct. 17 PSA 0.07
Nov. 13 PSA 0.05
Casodex adm. Nov 07
Lupon beg. Dec 03, 2007 2 yr
Radiation soon to follow
 
 

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