murraymarkw's Journey with Prostate Cancer

Patient: Prostate Cancer

Patient Info: Finished active treatment less than 5 years ago, Diagnosed: over 5 years ago, Male, Age: 58

  1. 1
    almost 5 years ago
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    Had no symptoms. Total surprise when PSA came back at 16.7

    Oh No

    Had no clue what a PSA was when I got the number. Didn't know what the number meant either. Ironically, in December 2011, I was trying to convince my primary care physician to let me drop taking simvistatin. Long story short, he would only agree to cut the dosage, but wanted a baseline lipid immediately and told me to get another in June 2012 to see if my levels were therapeutic. Little did I know he tacked a PSA on the order and that is how my journey began.

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  2. 2
    almost 5 years ago
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    I investigated radiation, prostatectomy, etc.

    Decision Point

    Decided on robotic prostatectomy after talking with men of various ages who had seeds, direct beam, radical removal, and robotic removal. One tried the hormone therapy.

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  3. 3
    almost 5 years ago
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    Robotic assisted laparoscopic prostatectomy

    Procedure or Surgery

    The surgery was in March 2012. It was nerve sparing, but the healing continues.

    Went as Expected: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Recovery: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Agree
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  4. 4
    almost 5 years ago
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    External radiation

    Radiation

    My radiation experience was very good. I had some internal pain, but it was sporadic and several weeks into my six week treatment. Some bowel issues, but minor. Some bladder issues, but not as bad as that immediately after the robotic prostatectomy.

    Painless Experience: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Agree
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  5. 5
    over 4 years ago
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    Hormone therapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    There is a lot to say about lupron and what it has done to me, but I won't say more in this forum.

    Easy to Do: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Agree
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