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My Dad is 65 and has had a Radical Prostatectomy 10 yrs ago. He recently went this his Doctor (New young doctor) as his other Doctor has retired about 1 yr or 2 years ago and his PSA was checked and came back as 4.5 and obviously he was worried sick, retested him and again it came back the same he also had rectal examination and the Doctor sent him to St Vincents Hospital (Dublin 2 Hrs away) which was 2 days ago on Wednesday 1st June 2011. The specialist checked him by Rectal examination and also felt something what I dont know but is now sending him for an MRI scan, I have cried my eyes out fearing the worst and thinking I will lose him and I have told Mam that we need to be strong that he will be fine but please can someone answer? I hope the letter arrives soon as to when the MRI scan is but he is so worried himself as he thought 10 years ago it was all removed so why now and how to which when you search on the internet it shows some tissue remains, could their be cancer cells or could their just be something producing this PSA level could the MRI scan come back and show all clear or am I to expect it to show some form of cancer? Dad is fearing it has spread to other organs etc

The specialist said we can do radiation treatment for 3 months and you will be fine and that will give you 10 years etc, but we wont know much until he is sent for the MRI scan and I will be going up with him for support etc, I am just so worried I am 30yrs of age and moving out of home soon that is my plan but now I am thinking should I stay will he be ok should I stay here for Mams sake and help her as will this be a difficult road ahead if he does get the radiation treatment as I have read this tiredness builds up on you and even that itself will upset me so much if I have moved out of home and to come back and see him in bed all the time and feeling weak of course I dont mind once they can eradicate this and make him better and live for the next 10 20 yrs or how ever long. Each person loves their Dad and each Dad is special to people and if I was to write up how much I love him and how much he has done for me and helped me and everything I would be hear all night I just hope and pray I am just off to sleep now as I finish this it is now 3.15am that he will be al-right, I did read about BHP or something which means it could be benign or something that their is just tissue growing that can increase PSA levels as to how accurate that information is on the internet I dont know,

Please if anyone can reply, Kongo etc I have seen your posts and its people like you that can help so many people,

Please reply anyone if you can,

Gary.

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Thanks so much,

They said after the CT scan they will mark Dad up which is just ink that stays there and once all the sessions are completed it will be 8 weeks after before they check the PSA levels again, he said will you not check after 2 weeks and they said no, so its after the treatment they check to see the PSA level has gone down I don't know how far it goes down after 8 weeks but hopefully it will be down to 0 that would be amazing fingers crossed,

Best Wishes,

Gary.

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As Larry says, 7 weeks times 5 days (except weekends) equals to 35 sections. However, the final number of sections will be decided by the radiologist when he gets all information from the MRI, as your mother comments, unless the doctor is following a settled protocol from the info in hand. In my case it was 37 sections for a total dosage of 68 Grays.

The CT scan is done for planning the irradiation areas. The scan will demonstrate the positioning of the main organs (bladder, urethra, rectum, etc.) which must be avoided by the rays. At that time they will ink-mark spots in the abdomen which serve as reference in the alignment of the gantry head, for each day of the treatment.

In your next appointment with the doctor you could ask for a list of things your father should care for.
I used to drink lots of water 45 minutes before the radiation section to fill the bladder. This helps in keeping the organ away from the rays path therefore avoiding side effects.
Some foods are also prohibitive. Wine was fine.

Regarding the PSA, I would recommend you to ask for one test before starting the treatment to serve as a base line. After treatment (early October), PSA is usually taken every 3-month, which will coincide with the Christmas period.
Hope that becomes the best present you receive in 2011.

Best regards.
VGama

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They took blood yesterday and it was marked with PSA
The other sample was for full blood count
And the other sample said cholesterol and all that I think.

We got chatting to someone as the gold course there is an 18 mini hole golf thing on site and he said you need not worry they will look after you. In the canteen where Dad will be staying meals are served 3 times a day with Mam just having to pay a small supplement. Then at any time if you are hungry you can come down make toast, get some fruit etc, they said a dietician will look after all foods and the man we spoke to who had just another week to go until finished said he didn't have much pains or anything, he said Cabbage etc is a no no and he said any Veg that grows underground your fine and all that ie carrots etc,

It made me happier to see the rooms yesterday and the place where he will be treated I went in with Dad during consultation so I know what is going on.

It will be an unbelievable present VGama, My Birthday is 13th August 2011 and I am just having a meal nothing more with family and friends as it is the end of August Dad starts treatment so I just want to have it as normal as can be. I am hoping to move now soon we are just waiting on the Mortgage Dad is looking forward to us moving to and being happy and then all will be well,

Thanks so much VGama and everyone,

Best Wishes,

Gary.

Ps Water the man who is just finished his treatment said you drink 7 cups and if you go to the toilet before treatment you drink another 3 but he said it is important that you do that.

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Hi Ya,

Dad is getting his CT SCAN In the morning, he is worried as there was a program on about the dangerous of it ie the radiation exposure etc, should he go ahead with it he is heading up to Dublin at 7Am in the morning.
He had the MRI scan last week that was fine but he is just wondering about this test now.
Also I dont think he fasted today I am unsure but I think you are supposed to are you? does that mean no Water to?
If you can advise should he go ahead with this test and will he be ok after it or should he just go up and say he doesn't want to have this test done and they will still go ahead with the radiation treatment at the end of this month,
Best Wishes,
Gary.

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Gary

I thought that by now you have done enough researches and have read about the problematic prostate cancer and details on its treatment.
Radiation at high delivering grades is prejudicial to all living things. However, the radiation used in tests (X-ray, CT, Bone scan, etc) as well as the radiation used in treatments are low in grade and are safe. Everything is controlled.

You shouldn’t be worried. I think that the documentary you saw was based on high grades of doses or on continuous exposure, to which your father’s case is not comparable.
This CT of today is important in the series of events your dad is going to do for the treatment, as I mentioned in my previous post. Try to calm your father and help him in understanding the facts by educating yourself in the matter too.

Let us know about the results of the MRI.

Hope for the best.
(wishing your Aug 13th becomes that special)

VGama

Note; Gary, you can send me an e-mail if you wish any particular detail.

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Test is over now he said it was the easiest test ever, they saw a documentary and thats why he was worried but the Doctor himself today said dont be taking to much notice on what these things say as they are not as accurate, his PSA level was 4.7 but is now 5.3 I think that is the last PSA count but they will be starting treatment at the end of this month.
Mam has become very depressed Dad has said and is fearing Dad is going to die and its getting a bit annoying as she needs to be positive just like me,
He is very happy with the way they are treating him and the level of communication.
I dont know how to send you a private message VGama I clicked on your name but it doesn't allow you to send pvt message I think not sure,
Best Wishes,
Gary.

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I am 48 and both parents from Ireland ,

5 kids under 21 have a psa at 13.5 at surgery went thru all the tests your farther has had , relax please and get informed about the disease .

he will be ok

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Why would your children of been tested? over here they say 40 is the time to get tested?
Did they need any radiation your children I didn't think you can have it that young?
Best Wishes,
Gary.

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DO YOU THINK THAT IT'S POSSIBLE THAT MATT MAN HAD 5 CHILDREN WHO WERE UNDER 21 WHEN HE WAS DIAGNOSED?

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I read it wrong and I didn't understand...but you are right yes that what he meant I think,
My Dad has had his Prosectomy 10 years ago as I have mentioned in previous posts, he is finished all tests now Bone Scan was clear, MRI Scan Complete, CAT Scan Complete he will start his treatment now the end of this month.
Thanks for keeping me patient though and not over panicking,
Best Wishes,
Gary.

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You may think that I am one of those “robots” connected to an electronic notepad to inform “clients” of their special dates, but I am not.
I have sympathy to you and your family because I know how much closed members can surfer when one of us gets cancer. My son went “bananas” when told of my case, he was your age at 29 years old and he may have been the one most affected. That was eleven years ago.

Today is your special day and I believe you got good news from the hospital.
Hopefully your life returns to normalcy the soonest and that your dad gets an excellent treatment for his case.

Enjoy your day.

VGama
(my e-mail address: nanbangin@gmail.com)

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Happy birthday Gary!

My dad is 81 years old today! He also has prostate cancer but in a advanced stage. Wishing your father the best with his new treatment.

Have a nice day.

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Hey Ya,

Dad will be heading to Dublin on Sunday to start treatment on Monday or Tuesday,
Mam is going up also and they will be home each weekend,
He is all set and has started his Diet they told him a diet to start 1 week before treatment the main one being WATER 2 Liters a day what does that do is it to help the system?
Also only 4 cups of Tea a day and he looooves his Tea so can he have more but de cafinated Tea or what is the reason behind only 4 cups of Tea? is it for the urine etc and not to have much?

Thank you all so much for my Birthday wishes on the 13th it was a nice night I only had friends and family and it was very small but Dads brothers were all there and his sister so thats the main thing,

Thank you so so much your all like friends being honest with me,

Best Wishes,

Gary.

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Hi Gary

I do not use skype. Tried to reply to your e-mail but your server indicated an "error".
However I wish the best to your dad and send my sympathy to your mother.
We survivors of cancer understand well each other.
It all indicates that your dad is in good hands at the hospital where he will be treated from today.
The daily treatment is short in time and that may imply boredom to your father without much to do. You may visit him from time to time to entertain him.

The water drunk before each section will fill the bladder (become like a balloon) to allow better radiation of the underneath prostate fossa and providing diminished side effects to the organ.
When in radiation treatment, tea and any supplement that acts similarly to an antioxidant is not recommended to take by many doctors because it will give a chance to cancer cells to recuperate from the “RT blow”. They want the cancer down on the canvas forever.

I wish you and your family peace of mind

VGama

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Thank you so much VGama,
I got your e mail thank you very much,
He should be starting now tomorrow 30th August 2011.

I was wondering why the Tea that only 4 cups was allowed so thank you for explaining that to me, what else will I tell him to bring from the Radiation treatment, obviously they mark you up and that stays on your skin etc but he was told to get non perfumed shower gel we have that got in, will he need anything else do you think,

Thank you so much,
I plan on visiting them every Wednesday so they will get into the routine then on what is happening and throughout the day they will be mixing with other people so I do hope the time flys...

After the 7 weeks of treatment we wont have any news will we in time for Christmas to show the Cancer is gone or will there be any indication that it is going down etc will they do a PSA test straight after it?

Thank you so much,

Gary.

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Thank you so much VGama,
I got your e mail thank you very much,
He should be starting now tomorrow 30th August 2011.

I was wondering why the Tea that only 4 cups was allowed so thank you for explaining that to me, what else will I tell him to bring from the Radiation treatment, obviously they mark you up and that stays on your skin etc but he was told to get non perfumed shower gel we have that got in, will he need anything else do you think,

Thank you so much,
I plan on visiting them every Wednesday so they will get into the routine then on what is happening and throughout the day they will be mixing with other people so I do hope the time flys...

After the 7 weeks of treatment we wont have any news will we in time for Christmas to show the Cancer is gone or will there be any indication that it is going down etc will they do a PSA test straight after it?

Thank you so much,

Gary.

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Gary

Apart of the water that I was told to drink 45 minutes before each section, nothing else was recommended. The radiologist will do a CT scan or MRI to plan the radiation field, before starting any treatment. Tattooing (three small spots) is done at the time but that will disappear after the treatment.
You should ask for the complete protocol from his doctor in regards to the volume of radiation (Greys) in total and/or per section. You could also inquire about the MRI results which you were so avid in having two month ago.

At the middle of the treatment your dad may feel difficulty or irritation when urinating but that is normal and it is treated with separate medicines. Closer to the end I experienced mild pain when urinating and stool become must liquefied. I never experienced any burning of the skin or fatigue. Your father should inform the nurses and doctors when he feels something different.

After treatment, some doctors do the first PSA two month past the end of radiation sections, but it is common to have a PSA done every three months until it gets to nadir.
It took me 13 months to reach such low level.
If sections start on the second week of September, your dad should be home by November and he could get a PSA test by Christmas. Surely the level of PSA would be lower than the present level but still high.
The important is that he spends a lovely season with the family and that he is fit to eat all the goodies.

He will do fine.

Take care.
VGama

(your e-mail address’ server doesn’t accept my mails)

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Hey Ya,

Dad has had his first treatment over, and said it was fine he had an ECG at 3Pm followed by treatment at 4Pm, We dropped them up yesterday to the lodge and although Mam was very very nervous we left them and that night I rang to see were they ok and I couldn't hear them but could hear alot of noise and singing I said are you in the pub? No they replied we are all singing away here in the lodge as the "Guests" as I am calling them and not Patients are all singing away, so Thankfully it is a place that they can feel relaxed in and at home, They could not be as nice in Oakland Lodge, you can get what ever food you wish any time you like and make as much tea as you like which I have asked already it did say 4 cups and VGama thank you for answering me, but is de decaffeinate tea as bad or would that be better as there is no caffeine in it? Cause Dad does love his cup of Tea or can he take the normal Tea and just make sure he is drinking plenty of water?
Also the word NADIR I am presuming that means 0 right?
I am very happy today's treatment started and I am very happy to have you all hear for the support that I need also as you would not realize how much seriously you have put my mind at ease in knowing my Dad will be on the mend in no time and will be finished all treatment for Christmas and his Birthday is in November so its something to look forward to,

Thank you so much,

Gary.

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Hope all goes as you been expecting.
You have not described the treatment protocol or the MRI results yet. You could ask your daddy the details as it will help you and I in understanding the progress of the treatment.

Regarding NADIR, after treatment your dad will do several PSA tests each showing a lower result. Nadir PSA is the PSA that shows the “lowest value” among all the tests. This Nadir level together with the time (number of months) it took to reach that point, is an important parameter in the context of the treatment. Doctors can evaluate the success of the treatment from those numbers.
Nadir therefore does not mean zero but the lowest number, which could have been “0”, 1 or 2 or 3……
Mine was a value of 0.05. I believe your dad will get to a similar number.

In regards to tea and other drinks and foods, your dad should follow the recommendations of his doctor. Mine recommended me to drink lots of water during the day and allowed me to have two glasses of red wine at dinner time with the meals, if I was not on medication (used for treating any side effect).

Glad to know your parents are doing well at the lodge.

Good Luck for all of you.
VGama

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Hey all,
I did reply Vgama to E-Mail not to sure again if it went through, Dad and Mam have just left for the train and up to Dublin for his treatment, he is doing fantastic he has 3 more weeks now, 2 after this week so it really is after flying by. Mam goes up with him each week and took a break last week and stayed at home as it is difficult being up there and different from being at home and she needed to recharge, but they all know her, there is people also up there who dont have cancer so they all bond together and they are all a pact it really is lovely to know that he is comfortable where he is. Hes already starting Fund Raising and they are all doing it because the treatment that they are getting is second to none. The only side effects Dad has had is going to the loo all the time maybe during the night but he doesn't mind and he also was constipated but I think he is taking something for that now.

I remember you wanted me to ask Dad what is he getting and I did ask him and he said something but I forget so if you would like me to ask him for the nurses to just fill out a form with regarding his grays etc please list what you would like me to ask him by using the * followed by the word you want filled in,

I am very much at ease here minding the house and I ring Mam & Dad each evening just to check in and they are fine so that's all the worry's I had out the window,

Thank you all so much for reading these posts and for replying,

Gary.

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Gary

I am very glad for the news on the treatment of your father. I hope for his continuous eventless treatment. He can expect for some sort of inflammation on the areas being radiated so that he may get symptoms when urinating or passing stool, but this are symptoms that will stop once the treatment ends. The usual side effects disappear two or three months after.

Regarding the data, I would recommend you to get the radiation total dosage (Greys) and number of sections and other detail (if any) on the protocol. Your dad can inquire about it in his next meeting with the doctor.

I like to know that you have accomplished your dream in your new home.
I got your e-mail. Thanks

VGama

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Hey VGama & Everyone...

Dad is fully finished his treatment today and is in the best of form and is so delighted. The consultant said he is very happy and will be seeing Dad in 6 weeks time. I have asked Dad VGama for everything so I will be updating it here for exactly what he got in dosage etc,

As a surprise I have painted their bedroom as you should of seen it before hand oh my gawd was it bad lol so it now looks like a hotel room and its always sad leaving friends you made in Dublin etc but he is so delighted to be on the way home for good.

They are all meeting up in November they are all going to a hotel for music and staying 2 nights with the other people they met up their who also had Cancer so to say they have made friends in times like that is just fantastic but Dad is like that he chats to everyone and even the new people coming in for treatment he was over straight away making sure they were ok and showing them around and making sure they were ok.

This website has given me so much support and its Vgama and company I would like to thank sincerely, The next news I am waiting on now is the house that we got it but I am remaining positive like you have to and that means I will be moving out before Christmas so it is all exciting being honest and the fact that his treatment is finished now is amazing.

Its his Birthday now in November so he will be excited he will be 66 :).

Since he has had no real major side effects while during treatment he did go asleep in the evening at 8Pm while up in the lodge is their other side effects to be expected now since he is finished or will he be on the mend now?

Should he continue to drink loads of water like during treatment or can he just take it easy?

Thank you all so much with best wishes,

Gary.

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Hey VGama & Everyone...

Dad is fully finished his treatment today and is in the best of form and is so delighted. The consultant said he is very happy and will be seeing Dad in 6 weeks time. I have asked Dad VGama for everything so I will be updating it here for exactly what he got in dosage etc,

As a surprise I have painted their bedroom as you should of seen it before hand oh my gawd was it bad lol so it now looks like a hotel room and its always sad leaving friends you made in Dublin etc but he is so delighted to be on the way home for good.

They are all meeting up in November they are all going to a hotel for music and staying 2 nights with the other people they met up their who also had Cancer so to say they have made friends in times like that is just fantastic but Dad is like that he chats to everyone and even the new people coming in for treatment he was over straight away making sure they were ok and showing them around and making sure they were ok.

This website has given me so much support and its Vgama and company I would like to thank sincerely, The next news I am waiting on now is the house that we got it but I am remaining positive like you have to and that means I will be moving out before Christmas so it is all exciting being honest and the fact that his treatment is finished now is amazing.

Its his Birthday now in November so he will be excited he will be 66 :).

Since he has had no real major side effects while during treatment he did go asleep in the evening at 8Pm while up in the lodge is their other side effects to be expected now since he is finished or will he be on the mend now?

Should he continue to drink loads of water like during treatment or can he just take it easy?

Thank you all so much with best wishes,

Gary.

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Hey ya,

Dad had 74 Grays

37 Fractions

I hope that makes sense VGama,

Best wishes,

Gary.

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Gary

Thanks for sharing the info on your father’s case. 74 Gy in 37 sections makes a lot of sense to me.
The side effects from the treatment may come at a later period. However, the most intense ones are reported to happen during the first two months post RT. It seems that your dad did well with the treatment and now we all should have our fingers crossed hoping for a full success. The PSA test will be the mark to follow. I would recommend your dad to get 3-month periodical tests until that reach the nadir level. It may take more than one year to get the response but just the positive attitude your father is showing, is already indicative of a successful “story”.
I am very glad for you, him and your mother.

Wish him a happy 66 birthday and celebrate the outcome.
I will drink a pint in celebration here down in the ALGARVE.

VGama

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Awww,

You are so good well he goes out with his Brother every Friday and hes in top form and we are all on top form being honest and hes very happy he will be going up in 5 weeks time for the check up etc so will let you know and I will tell him you had a pint hahaha to celebrate to :) really appreciate that :)

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Awww,

You are so good well he goes out with his Brother every Friday and hes in top form and we are all on top form being honest and hes very happy he will be going up in 5 weeks time for the check up etc so will let you know and I will tell him you had a pint hahaha to celebrate to :) really appreciate that :)

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Awww,

You are so good well he goes out with his Brother every Friday and hes in top form and we are all on top form being honest and hes very happy he will be going up in 5 weeks time for the check up etc so will let you know and I will tell him you had a pint hahaha to celebrate to :) really appreciate that :)

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Hi VGama,

Just wondering what age should I be tested I am now 30 if I got tested now would it be a good idea to see what my PSA Marker would be or would it be 0?
Just wondering or would my PSA be very high and give a false positive?

Thanks so much,

Gary.

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Hi Gary

Prostate cancer running in the members of the same family is “real” but not all males have encounters with the “bandit”. Your brother and you, and your uncles all run the same risk but at different levels. I am glad for seeing you discussing the matter now at your young age and being so interested in the test. You can do it now but I doubt you find a “false positive”.

The Cancer Research UK quotes the following:
“……If you have a relative diagnosed with prostate cancer you are at higher risk compared to the general population. If your father had prostate cancer your risk is 1.5 times higher. If you have a brother with prostate cancer, your risk is higher, at just under 3 times the average risk.
The age your relative is diagnosed with prostate cancer is also a factor. If they were diagnosed before the age of 60, this increases your risk by about 4 times the average. And if you have more than one first degree relative diagnosed with prostate cancer (at any age) your risk is also about 4 times the average. A first degree relative means father, brother or son….”

Recommendations at European urological associations are for PCa screening at the age of 50 in the general populace and 45 when a family member had been diagnosed with cancer. Nevertheless not all doctors follow this principle and not many are screened at their annual health checkups. It is our responsibility of being cautious and demand for the tests timely.

I was diagnosed with PC when I become 50 with a PSA at 22.4. With some simple calculations I got to the conclusion that the cancer has probably developed before my 44 and shown its “face” when I was 45/46, but with no symptoms and uneducated on the matter I did nothing until I was caught with the bandit at 50.
Many guys are now diagnosed with the cancer in their 40th. My son did his first PSA at 40 years old and fortunately it was negative (<0.01). He will check again in two years time.

Hopefully you and my son will never experience such disease; nevertheless you should be attentive to prevent any advance the earliest.

The best to you,
VGama

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Hi,
I am also a prostate cancer survivor who chose radiation Therapy. If your dad had his prostate removed and he still has a PSA then the cancer was not completely killed. I also have a PSA level which is rising after just two years. The next course of treatment is Hormone therapy. Hormone therapy while it don't kill the cancer cells cause them to lie dormant for many Many years. This is a good treatment which most prostate cancer patients will have to undergo sometime in the future. The key to any treatments are to stay in shape eat a healthy diet and have a positive attitude to the future. If your dad is 65 he will probably die from something else rather than Prostate Cancer. I am 63. Please ask any questions that you may need an answer for because i have done extensive research into this cancer for obvious reasons.

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Thank you so much for commenting Dad was diagnosed with Prostate Cancer 10 years ago and had the operation so it is 10 years later his Psa started to increase which shows there were some cells remaining or had just started but thank you so much for commenting this site has seriously been unbelievable in helping me the son get through it all.

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Dad has just come back from the Doctors and his PSA Level has dropped to 1.6 and the Radiation treatment finished end of October so I think he is doing brilliant thank you and at least it is good news for Christmas thank you to everyone on here who supported me and my Dad and we will definitely be keeping in contact via here...Merry Christmas.

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Great news and a wonderful Christmas present.

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He has to go to Dublin tomorrow to see the specialist but he got his bloods taken from his own Doctor so he could have a guideline as to what the Psa level was as that is the reason going to Dublin tomorrow but now that it is done I thinks they will be very happy to.

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Dad has just come back from the Doctors and his PSA Level has dropped to 1.6 and the Radiation treatment finished end of October so I think he is doing brilliant thank you and at least it is good news for Christmas thank you to everyone on here who supported me and my Dad and we will definitely be keeping in contact via here...Merry Christmas.

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This is what you wished for and this is what you got. A wonderful present in Christmas.
I am very glad for the results and to know that you and your family are at peace.
I hope your dad recovers well and wish him a continuous “path” to the Zeros.

Yes, this time I will celebrate with two pints.

Merry Christmas

VGama

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I was so hoping you would comment cause Im giving you permission hahaha 2 pints and enjoy them :) Dad is over the moon with that news so he will be meeting the specialist tomorrow with the results of the blood they dont know he has had the bloods taken and all :)

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Hey ya,

I have been quite haven't I hehehe Dad is just back from the Doctors in Jan I think the PSA was 1,6 or something it is now 0.9 Doctor is very happy he can now travel to Dublin in the morning to see the people who treated him and the main guy so to speak with his results and is delighted with his progress :)

I hope you are all keeping well? and doing good?

:)

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Gary
Thanks for sharing with us the news.
Your dad has entered in the Zeros at his 6-months mile stone post RT, and on his way to a nadir. Mine was at the 13th month. Surely no two cases are equal but the trend of his PSAs all indicate that the values will get lower.
Congratulations.

This is also almost one year since your introduction in this forum and I am glad to know you have included us in your group of friends.
I wonder if your father has experienced or have any symptom or side effect.

I hope your family is at peace now and wish a continuous good progress.

The best.
VGama

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Hey Ya,

That is brilliant to here you are happy to :) Is Nadir meaning that it will drop even lower then 0.9 that is brilliant if that is the case, I have asked Dad and he has said no Symptoms really his Doctor said his sugar level is up so he is working on getting that down now but the Doctor was not too worried with that but is just over the moon :)

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Happy to see your father doing well.

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Gary
As commented above, I believe that the PSA will get lower. In some cases the PSA bowances before dropping to nadir. Only time will tell which level will the PSA reach in your father's case.
I would recommend him to follow a convenient and proper diet and get fit to counter any effect. Just get a relook at the previous posts in this thread.
The best to you all.

VG

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Hey Ya,

I said I would give an update on my Dad all is going good he is doing really well the Psa has now dropped to 0.6 that was the last update that he had. Today though Nov 1st 2012 a letter came in the door asking him to attend the hospital for a Colonoscopy he rang first as the letter just asked him to attend for a check up but he was unsure so rang and they said it was for a Colonoscopy. Just wondering is this standard and have you had to get this done to, I presume it is to check in case the Radiation has affected around the tissue or anything like that and to check any Polps or anything but I presume it is going to be ok all fingers crossed.

Thanks once again VG,

Gary.

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Gary

Thanks for sharing on the improvements of your dad's 18 months mile stone.
You are right with the treatment follow up tests. I had a cystoscopy done after surgery and a colonoscopy done 12 months after RT. The colon and urethra are the most affected areas and I needed treatment for urethra stricture two years after RT. This year I had another colonoscopy due to positive FOBT. The results indicated Diverticulosis, which may have been an effect from RT.

The test is simple and may be painful if not done with local anaesthesia. It will be done by a gastroenterologist not the team who performed the RT on your dad so that it is recommended that he informs the gastro about his radiotherapy before the procedure.

Keep the faith.

VG

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Glad you checked in with us. Wishing you and your family continued health in your fathers treatment.

lewvino

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I will keep you all updated and many good health wishes to you both and all to.
This forum has really just been fantastic.

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Hi everyone,

I just wanted to say how well my Dad is doing and I just wanted to make sure everyone who supported me via this Forum is doing good also please do let me know. I just had it in my head to update the post and see how everyone is doing and again when it was tough for me I cannot thank you all enough via this forum as it really calmed me down to the extent that I knew he was going to be ok and with all your support and help it would not of been possible for me to stay calm.

 

Hopefully you all will see this as not to sure if I done it right - Vasco & Lewvino.

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Note from lewvino.

Glad that your dad is doing well. That is good news. I had a local recurrance of my cancer and am finishing up 38 sessions of IMRT Radiation this week. Hope to knock the little beast out for good.

I'm now four years post surgery.

 

Lewvino

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Awww I will say a prayer for you and one thing to do at night time before you go asleep is visualize all the cancer going away from your body and leaving you through your feet and just dissappearing - I will also keep you in my prayers but you are a very caring and strong man and you really will get rid of it for good this time.

Best wishes,

Gary.

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