boomerchop's Journey with Adenocarcinoma, Prostate Cancer

Survivor: Prostate Cancer > Adenocarcinoma

Patient Info: Finished active treatment less than 5 years ago, Diagnosed: about 5 years ago, Male, Age: 61, Stage IIA, Progressing despite hormone therapy: No

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    over 4 years ago
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    Diagnosed

    Oh No

    PSA was only 3.3, no detection with DRE, but we did a biopsy due to rising levels of PSA. Total surprise/shock with the diagnosis.

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    Surgery or radiation

    Decision Point

    Guided by my excellent nurse navigator, I visited with radiation oncologists (external beam or seed implant) and with a surgeon (DaVinci robotic prostatectomy). Both seem equally good, but everyone seemed to think I was an excellent candidate for the surgery. So, surgery it is!

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    Robotic assisted laparoscopic prostatectomy

    Procedure or Surgery

    Surgery on Feb 29, 2012. Very pleased with the surgery. Minimal recovery.

    Went as Expected: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Recovery: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Agree
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    Surgery results

    Celebration

    Surgical pathology report, one tumor all contained, surgical margins clear, lymph nodes clear.

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    over 4 years ago
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    Bladder problems

    Side Effects

    Four weeks after the blockage, urination again slowed down and so the physician did a cystoscopy bladder neck dilation under general anesthesia. This fixed the problem for good. Evidently rare to have to do this. It's only the second time for my doctor.

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    Urinary blockage about 6 weeks after surgery

    Oh No

    Spent some VERY painful hours in the ER. Difficulty getting a catheter in. Finally managed to insert a TINY little tube to start draining. Did a bladder neck dilation the next day and back on the catheter. Definitely let your doctor know EARLY about any changes in urination.

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    PSA back up

    Oh No

    Five months after surgery, during follow up, PSA had doubled to 0.2. No apparent reason as surgical margins had all been clear.

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    PSA Down

    Celebration

    After a tense three weeks we retested and PSA was 0.05. Whew!! Evidently a lab error on the previous

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    PSA Down

    Celebration

    Three month check has the PSA at 0.04. Excellent! Will do another three month check and then shift to six months. Looking good!!

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    over 3 years ago
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    External radiation (Three dimensional)

    Radiation

    38 treatments ARC Beam radiation focusing on the prostate bed and right seminal vesicle (which were left in during surgery). Fascinating process, and I fortunately had minimal side effects. Completed radiation treatments on June 7, 2013. Now we wait 5-6 weeks and try a PSA.

    Painless Experience: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Agree
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    almost 4 years ago
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    Cancer is back/Recurred

    Oh No

    February '13 PSA was back up to 0.19, retested 4 weeks later, still 0.19. So now I have a referral to radiation to see what we might do next. "Highly unusual, given the pathology" according to my urologist, nonetheless, it seems that we are on that path.

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    over 3 years ago
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    PSA Steady

    Celebration

    Four months post-radiation PSA is steady at .19. Need to not get too wrapped up in small changes. Everyone seems satisfied that it is steady and not increasing at this point.

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    almost 3 years ago
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    PSA Result

    Celebration

    April '14 PSA down to 0.15. Glad to have it moving in the right direction. I guess that means we were doing radiation in the correct place. Woohoo!

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