Dick_K's Journey:

Patient: Prostate Cancer

Patient Info: Diagnosed: over 8 years ago, Male, Age: 72

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    • Dick_K
    • Experience with Prostate Cancer
    about 5 years ago
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    Indication something is wrong

    Oh No

    July 2011, as part of the monitoring for the phase 2 melanoma trial I am in, I get periodic PET/CT scans. Scans show enlarged prostate with hypermetabolic activity and I make my first appointment with a urologist.

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    • Experience with Prostate Cancer
    about 5 years ago
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    Biopsy

    Procedure or Surgery

    August 2011, we decide a biopsy is in order and results show prostate cancer, Gleason score 3+3=6.

    Went as Expected: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Recovery: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Agree
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    about 5 years ago
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    Is surgery an option?

    Decision Point

    August 2011, met with a surgeon to discuss options. I’m told given the slow progress of prostate cancer and the fact that I have stage IV melanoma in my lungs, I probably do not have to worry about the prostate. (Ultimately this will prove to be bad advice; I’m currently five years out from melanoma stage IV diagnosis.)

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    about 5 years ago
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    Biopsy

    Procedure or Surgery

    December 2011, went to a different urologist for a second opinion, we decide on another biopsy. Results are the same, Gleason score 3+3=6. Decision confirmed to forgo any treatment and just monitor going forward for now.

    Went as Expected: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Recovery: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Agree
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    about 5 years ago
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    Continued melanoma clinical trial monitoring

    Other Care

    September 2012, my last PET/CT scan still shows hypermetabolic activity.

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    • Experience with Prostate Cancer
    about 5 years ago
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    Biopsy

    Celebration

    December 2013, another biopsy, No Evidence of Disease!!!

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