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    Prostate cancer, how did you survive?

    Asked by WhatNextEmails on Monday, March 11, 2013

    Prostate cancer, how did you survive?

    We need your help. This month we are putting together a collection of articles for those newly diagnosed on what actions survivors took to beat their specific type of cancer. Please take a few minutes to share your experiences and advice for those newly diagnosed, and your posts might just get included in our articles. Feel free to share whatever comes to mind. Here are some more specific questions to help get the juices going: What kind of support did you have? Were there things you did that really made a difference? How do you go about finding your medical care team? Who made up your team? What resources did you find that were most helpful to you?

    3 Answers from the Community

    • MichaelV's Avatar

      I have spent a great deal of time to give my history, my good decisions, my bad decisions and all those in between. I think that my experiences can make a good story for those who find themselves in the same situation as myself.

      over 3 years ago
    • mgm48's Avatar

      My journey started in 2005 with my annual physical.

      Doc: "Humm, your PSA is a bit high (4.?) let's see what I feel. Humm, I think you should see a urologist."

      I knew then that my life had changed. You see Dad died of prostate cancer and the news that there may be something wrong lead me to the conclusion that I too had cancer. The urologist did a biopsy and sure enough Gleason score of 7 and recommending surgery.

      A very good friend suggested a second opinion at the Mayo Clinic. I really liked his doctor in frigid MN and he was very well respected in the field so I had surgery at Mayo. All went very well. Only in the hospital 19 hours and back to work in 6 days. WOW!

      Everything stayed stable until 2011 when they discovered that my PC had come back. My PSA was off the charts at 1125.? at one point. Now it's time for the oncologist. Scans and more blood tests. We find out that I have a clotting irregularity and cancer on my bones.

      First line of defense - hormone therapy. What an injection - that's one large needle and in my stomach too. Hot flashes, upset stomach, big bruise at injection site - all in all not too bad. PSA Dropped over 3 months to 22. Thought we were doing really well but then up by 2, 10, 6, and 24 points each month. I began to question my Oncologist and even had a second opinion from another doc. Then my oncologist referred me to the U of Chicago and the next chapter started.

      Second line of defense - As my PSA climbed another 35 points the U of C recommended chemo to get it back in control. Chemo was great I watched as my PSA dropped from 99 to 35 over the six treatments, I was happy and had few side effects. It was great but it ended and the PSA went right back up to the 90's in a matter of 2 months.

      Third line of defense - Now you must be advised that I'm a "do it" kind of guy and my options were several at this point. There were 4 approved treatments and clinical trials. I looked at as if it were a tie game, bottom of the 9th, no one on base, it was time to hit the home run and win the game. I picked a clinical trial. It is on going and seems to be successful so far. It will continue at 12 week check points until the drug stops working or my body can no longer tolerate it OR until I'm tumor free. Personally for all of us I'm pulling for tumor free.

      Well that's the short version of where my journey has taken me, hope it helps.

      Keep it positive and smile :)

      over 3 years ago
    • wha's Avatar

      I am in remission from liver and pancreatic cancer. Being active during the depression helped. Just keep working and doing.

      3 months ago

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