Gulp's prostate cancer journey

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gulp
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   Posted 12/22/2007 2:41 PM (GMT -7)   
I am 83 years old and have stopped hormone treatment because of the side effects.  My PSA is now 34.6 from 15.2 one year ago. I have no pain but urinate 4 or 5 times a night.  Anybody have any idea how high the PSA can bo before it goes into other body organs????? Thanks for any reply. 
 

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aus
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   Posted 12/22/2007 4:30 PM (GMT -7)   

It's difficult to know, as everyone is so different.  Bone involvement and pain is a most usual symptom of advanced PC: I know of men with PSA over 50 who had no symptoms and nothing showing up on bone scans while another had bone pain when his PSA was 20. 

With hormone treatment and similar treatments, different medications can sometimes produce less side effects than others. Some men have had success with other products like Prostasol, or Dr Pfeifer's protocol, which are mentioned in other posts here.


lifeguyd
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   Posted 12/22/2007 6:28 PM (GMT -7)   

Without knowing more specific information about your symptoms, I am just guessing.  The big thing I hear you say is that your PSA has doubled.  That often means that a cancer is becoming more active.

What does your doctor tell you is happening?  I think you recognize that something is wrong or you would not be asking these questions.

It is time to go back to your doctor and ask the questions and get the tests that will let you know your real physical condition.  Good luck and come back here to share your concerns with us.


 
Biopsy 10/16/06
T2A,  PSA 4.7
Gleason 4+4=8 right side
adrenocarcinoma of prostate
DaVinci Surgery 01/16/07
Post op report,confirms Gleason4+4=8
no extra extension/invasion identified
age 65
no continence problems
Back on the golf course...
90 day PSA  less than 0.01 (undetectable)
Six Month PSA still undetectable
Dealing with ED problems with Caverject/Viagra
nine month psa slightly elevated + .02
 
 
 


Dutch
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   Posted 12/23/2007 3:03 PM (GMT -7)   

Would be helpful if we knew what tests, if any, you have had besides PSA.  As far as metastes of PCa, which is what I presume you are asking, I think the Gleason score is as important as the PSA because it will indicate the aggressiveness of the cancer.  

Best wishes to you.

Dutch 


Diagnosed Feb 2001  (Age 65)  Currently 72
PSA 4.8      Gleason 3+3=6      Stage   T2b
Completed Proton Therapy @ Loma Linda - Aug 2001 - No side effects.
6yr PSA - 0.19
Our responsibility now is to educate men about Pca, PSA and the importance of early detection. 
 
 
 


gulp
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   Posted 12/25/2007 11:19 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks for your reply Dutch and the other one The only tests I've had were 5 years ago when first diagnosed...gleason score then was 7. They said at that time that I had possibly 8 years left which gives me 3 to go....not bad!
Because of previous operations the only recommendation was hormone treatment. I'm back on Casodex 50mg daily to see what happens in 6 weeks per my oncologist who thinks that's what I should do. Thanks again
Gulp

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   Posted 12/26/2007 11:24 AM (GMT -7)   

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IdahoSurvivor
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   Posted 12/26/2007 11:28 AM (GMT -7)   

Hi gulp ~

 

We're glad to have you a part of this forum.  I hope you feel comfortable to share as if you’ve always been with us!

 

You have a long history with this disease and the information you share is a help to others.

 

Take heart and know that we'll do the best we can to be your friend, listen to your thoughts and ideas, and offer some words of advice and comfort.

 

Finally, a very warm welcome to you!   We will keep you close in our thoughts and prayers.

 

Kind regards,

 

Barry


"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


bluebird
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   Posted 1/16/2008 12:26 PM (GMT -7)   
tongue    Hey ~ Gulp,
 
I'm going to bump your thread back to the top from December so we can all talk to you here.
I will copy and paste your input from other threads so we can all have a visual of where you are.
 
As Barry *IdahoSurvivor stated in your special Welcome ~ above..
We Welcome You ~ with open arms....
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Gulp’s Personal Thread started 12-22-07  prostate cancer

I am 83 years old and have stopped hormone treatment because of the side effects.  My PSA is now 34.6 from 15.2 one year ago. I have no pain but urinatae 4 or  imes a night.  Anybody have any idea how high the PSA can bo before it goes into other body organs????? Thanks for any reply. 

 

12-25-07 Posting by Gulp on his personal thread:

Thanks for your reply Dutch and the other one The only tests I've had were 5 years ago when first diagnosed...gleason score then was 7. They said at that time that I had possibly 8 years left which gives me 3 to go....not bad!
Because of previous operations the only recommendation was hormone treatment. I'm back on Casodex 50mg daily to see what happens in 6 weeks per my oncologist who thinks that's what I should do. Thanks again
Gulp

 

01-15-08 Reply post by Gulp on Net’s thread: Frustrated and confused

Hey, this is all new to me. I'm 83 and diagnosed at 78 with Gleason score of 7. No operations or anything invasive only 3 injections of Zoladex which I stopped years ago. My PSA is now 36 and keeps going up. I've no idea what that means, and am not sure my oncologist knows. I just wonder how high it will go before something happens.....

 

01-15-08  Reply post by Gulp on Biker’s thread: Pre - PSA Jitters

Hello out there.  I'm 83 and diagnosed at 78 with Gleason Score of 7.7  I've had NO operations but  took 3 Zoladex injections and PSA went down to 0.8.  stopped that (side effects I didn't like).  now 5 years later my PSA is 34.6 and keeps going up.  I'm wondering how high it can go until you konk out ???? My oncologist wants me to take Casodex which I might do just for the hell of it, but I'm content to just wait and see what happens.  I figure the heart will give out before the cancer....

 

01-15-08  Reply post from Biker on Net's thread to Gulp 

Hey Gulp,

Help is on the way.  Maybe our moderators will help you get your own thread started so we can all talk to you.  There is lots of knowledge and support here.  Don't give up on us..

Jim


biker90
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   Posted 1/16/2008 12:36 PM (GMT -7)   
Hey Gulp,

I saw your post this morning. Here is your original thread bumped to the top. Maybe some others will help...

Jim

(p.s. Thanks Bluebird!!)
Age 73. Diagnosed 11/03/06. PSA 7.05. Stage T2C Gleason 3+3.
RRP 12/7/06. Nerves and nodes okay.
Catheter out on 12/13/06.  Dry on 12/14/06.
Pathological stage: T2C. Gleason 3+4. Cancer confined to prostate.
PSAs from  1/3/07 - 10/17/07 0.00. 
Next PSA test on 1/15/08
 
"Patience is essential, attitude is everything."
 


bluebird
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   Posted 1/27/2008 10:04 AM (GMT -7)   

cool  Hey ~ Gulp,

    We are ~  Thinking of You ~ and wanted to let you know!

As time permits ~ please reach out again…. there are hands reaching back.

In Friendship ~ Lee & Buddy

 

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