Jan 06, 2013 - 11:20 am
Life is Good
I am 63 years old and I was diagnosed with prostate cancer in Aug 2011. I went into complete urinary retention on my return trip from my summer vacation on July 30th. I endured five hours of pain on the road and then waited four hours before my trip to the hospital. A Foley was inserted and I was instructed to see a urologists to have it removed. My visit led to a PSA reading of 9, my first and a DRE, my prostate having hard lumps and a biopsy with a gleason score of 7. 12 out of 12 cores were positive with 70 to 100 percent cancer. For those that did not enjoy their Foley experience, I had mine for 3 and ½ months. The discomfort from the Foley was not as bad as not being able to pee. I asked the urologist if I could have the seeds, he said no, I needed surgery. My bone scan and ct scan was clear.
My surgery clearance physical required a chest x-ray, nodules where noted in lung and a chest ct was done with the notation that nodules were to small to determine and a pet scan was done with notation that nodules were to small to determine if cancerous. The same radiologist read all three scans. Da Vinci surgery was done on 31 Oct, The after surgery biopsy was changed to gleason 9 with SV involvement and cancer to bladder neck and apex margins, no lymph node involvement. The after surgery scan for catheter removal showed that was kidney was blocked by at the ureter in the bladder.
A biopsy was done on the bladder in Jan. and the growth was not cancerous, the kidney had started functioning by then.
The good news, I was continent when the catheter was removed. The PSA readings have been undetectable. I was scheduled for IMRT in Jan and was started on Lupron and Casodex in Nov 2011.
Received Casodex for 4 months and will receive Lupron every 4 months for shots for two years. Did have a Oncologist evaluate my treatment in Feb 2012. I have had no serious side effects from the three forms of treatment, I continue to work in construction doing remodels and have since the 3rd week following surgery. I can no longer have children and have no desire to have any, but life is great, I enjoy my 8 grandchildren, increasing to 11 this year.
I realize I am new to this and still have a future of PC treatment. I can not evaluate others conditions, but only say that the treatment has worked for me. I am a Vietnam Vet for those that are keeping score.
I would be happy to answer questions. The Lupron has made me more emotional, I enjoy Movies and TV more, I even get weepy at he old Gunsmokes when there is a happy ending. I can say that I feel you pain and I wish everyone success with their treatments.