Indyeastside's Journey:

Survivor: Prostate Cancer

Patient Info: Finished active treatment less than 5 years ago, Diagnosed: about 9 years ago, Male, Age: 64, Stage III, Progressing despite hormone therapy: No

  1. 1
    over 5 years ago
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    Diagnosed

    Oh No

    Got a PSA for the heck of it. Came back hot at 88 - should be under 4.0. Just a routing test for the heck of it. (And they say dont do PSA's). Well "They" can bite me. I'd be dead without it.

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  2. 2
    over 5 years ago
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    Decision Point

    Once Diagnosed, really had no choice. PSA was high 80's so cancer was probably matastisized and could not ignore. Surgery was only viable option. Surgery was supposed to get it all. It did not, then came chemo and hormone therapy. Doctor opted to tyhrough everything at me. Fortunately I have responded well to hormone therapy.

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  3. 3
    over 5 years ago
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    Robotic assisted laparoscopic prostatectomy

    Procedure or Surgery

    Surgery went ok, up and walking within two hours. Doctor missed a stitch or two, bladder took longer the heal. (4 Weeks instead of one). Cancer into seminal vesicles, nerves taken. Daddy parts no loner working. PSA began to rise after surgery.

    Went as Expected: Agree
    Minimal Recovery: Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Disagree
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  4. 4
    over 5 years ago
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    Cancer is back/Recurred

    Oh No

    Surgery did not get it all-PSA level 2.0 and rising. CAB next-

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  5. 5
    over 5 years ago
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    Hormone therapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    Now lost life function. No sexual drive, big time ED. Permanent. But still alive.

    Easy to Do: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
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  6. 6
    over 5 years ago
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    Finished treatment

    Celebration

    Now on yearly routine followup. If cancer reoccurs-back on hormones.

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  7. 7
    over 5 years ago
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    Minor heart attack

    Oh No

    Small heart attack-got a stent put it. Chemo side effect??? Probably cheeseburgers.

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  8. 8
    over 5 years ago
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    Erection problems

    Side Effects

    Bladder Problems ED, Impotent and zero sex drive Heart Attack and Stent Bone and Joint Pain Weight Gain

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  9. 9
    over 5 years ago
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    Routine six month followup

    Other Care

    Follow up visit. PSA still below.008-great. Told my doctor he was doing a great job holding the cancer down. He says "for now", way to bust a bubble doc and remind me its a fight for the rest of my days.

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  10. 10
    over 3 years ago
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    Cancer is back/Recurred

    Oh No

    Just told I've relapsed. Scheduled bone and and begin another round of treatments in March. Just Lupron for now. Great here come the hot flashes and urge to shop. Got three free years anyway.

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  11. 11
    about 3 years ago
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    Oh No

    Just made the big boy club, now stage IV after this doctor visit. Three increases in PSA levels after 5 years remission. Don't know where the cancer is growing. Good news does not show in scans and is not a level where Lupron is a reasonable option. Don't want to take hormones until absolutely required as I'd be building up my resistance to the hormones. Last PSA was .067. Now on three month review schedule.

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  12. 12
    almost 3 years ago
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    Decision Point

    Biochemical relapse. Will begin Casodex for a week, then back on Lupron to slow down cancer. My last PSA level was .026 doubled in four months. Thankful for two years treatment free but now back at it.

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  13. 13
    about 2 years ago
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    Cancer is back/Recurred

    Oh No

    PSA at .01 from<.008. Lupron and Casodex becoming less effective. Takes three reading to call it an official relapse. Only got twelve good months this time versus 24 months last time

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  14. 14
    almost 2 years ago
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    Oh No

    Now have bladder cancer. XXX I'm still fighting prostate cancer. Guess I got to toughen up! I'm getting XXX now!!.. God is good.

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