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Alpena Jeff

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Prostate cancer
« on: September 06, 2018, 05:33:35 PM »
Won't ever happen to me. I'm bullet proof.
Well, guess what?
Biopsy confirmed. Gleason scores in tumor area 7's and 8's. CT scan shows no advancement. Ditto for bone scan. Not conclusive but good for now.
We have chosen radiation with hormone therapy. My body is strong, my attitude is stronger.
God, Judy and I got this!
Carry on.
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Re: Prostate cancer
« Reply #1 on: September 06, 2018, 06:05:24 PM »
Sorry for the bad news but you have the right attitude. Several here have traveled this road, so know that others have persevered and survived.   Keep on trucking!
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Re: Prostate cancer
« Reply #2 on: September 06, 2018, 06:08:59 PM »
Prayers for you  :))
As Gary said, you have the right attitude. Stay strong.

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Re: Prostate cancer
« Reply #3 on: September 06, 2018, 06:29:48 PM »
He's already blessed you Jeff, He's not going to stop now
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Re: Prostate cancer
« Reply #4 on: September 06, 2018, 06:35:10 PM »
Many here are cancer survivors, including prostate, so you have a lot of company and empathy.  But you also have a great attitude which is half the battle.  Stay  positive, stay strong, and best wishes for a long and healthy future!

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Re: Prostate cancer
« Reply #5 on: September 06, 2018, 06:56:39 PM »
Hang in there Jeff! Plenty of support at home, and here as well.  Keep up the great attitude, we are right here for you.
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Re: Prostate cancer
« Reply #6 on: September 06, 2018, 07:18:28 PM »
Chondro Sarcoma. Ten years cancer free. You can do it. Ten years from now it won’t even be a blip on your radar.
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Re: Prostate cancer
« Reply #7 on: September 06, 2018, 08:01:30 PM »
Did that last year. 47 radiation treatments later I am back on the road. Good luck with your treatment.
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Re: Prostate cancer
« Reply #8 on: September 06, 2018, 08:13:59 PM »
You're on our prayer list Jeff
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Re: Prostate cancer
« Reply #9 on: September 07, 2018, 03:03:29 AM »
prayen for you as well, so sorry to hear that...  kick that cancers butt!!!!
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Re: Prostate cancer
« Reply #10 on: September 07, 2018, 03:29:06 AM »
Sorry to hear Jeff, I am sure you will beat it. Meanwhile this is a great wake up call for everyone. If you have not had a colonoscopy lately you should get one. Preventive medicine is always the best.
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Re: Prostate cancer
« Reply #11 on: September 07, 2018, 04:39:29 AM »
Right attitude and very good odds.  You can beat it, Jeff.  Good luck, and you will be remembered in prayer.  I have a few friends that have gone through this and all have beat it.
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Re: Prostate cancer
« Reply #12 on: September 07, 2018, 05:33:37 AM »
As Tom said, preventative checks are important. Colonoscopy for colon, finger wave and PSA for prostate.
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Re: Prostate cancer
« Reply #13 on: September 07, 2018, 06:50:04 AM »
Our thoughts are with you, too. Both of our fathers have been through (mine about 25 years ago and Kim's about 5) it and are doing well. As a preventative measure, my doctor moved up my screenings about 10 years - so far so good.
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Re: Prostate cancer
« Reply #14 on: September 07, 2018, 06:55:20 AM »
Coincidental?  I've got my biopsy scheduled for this afternoon.
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Re: Prostate cancer
« Reply #15 on: September 07, 2018, 08:04:53 AM »
Coincidental?  I've got my biopsy scheduled for this afternoon.

Good luck Jeff. You'll beat this.

I'm going to have the finger wave next week during my physical.  Colonoscopy was last year.  For those of you leery about getting a colonoscopy, I've always said the prep is the worst part. The actual procedure is nothing because you're out.  Get it done before it's too late.
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Re: Prostate cancer
« Reply #16 on: September 07, 2018, 08:47:17 AM »
I had mine 12 years ago with the same treatment. My PSA was about 1 a year ago. Next, I had colorectal cancer. I had an operation and they didn't get me back together right, so I am incontinent, both urinary and fecal. Lots of fun, but I have worked it out and it doesn't cause much trouble. Just have to be careful.
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Re: Prostate cancer
« Reply #17 on: September 07, 2018, 09:05:20 AM »
Best of luck Jeff, I hope your recovery is quick and easy. You have a great attitude, best thing you can do!
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Re: Prostate cancer
« Reply #18 on: September 07, 2018, 10:51:38 AM »
I just wanted to join in wishing you the best of luck, and remember now is the best time to have such types of cancer as treatments have came a long way in just the last 10 years, and are continuing to advance all the time.

I have an idea of what you are going through, After 4 months of tests, and scans, I had major (7 hour) surgery to have a tumor removed in 2011, though thankfully in my case the tumor turned out to be benign, so there was no need for ongoing treatment after spending a week in the hospital to recover from the surgery.
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Re: Prostate cancer
« Reply #19 on: September 07, 2018, 12:10:59 PM »
Our prayers are with you.  The prognosis is positive when you catch it before it spreads and it sounds like it was.  Good Luck!!!
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Re: Prostate cancer
« Reply #20 on: September 07, 2018, 02:08:52 PM »
A few of my friends have prostate cancer. Sometimes seems as prevalent as the common cold.
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Re: Prostate cancer
« Reply #21 on: September 07, 2018, 02:52:27 PM »
I know that every case is different but I can talk about 2.

One of my friends got chemo, hormones, and radiation.  His cancer came back and has infiltrated his pelvic bones.  He had and still has pain and his long term prognosis is not good.  He's on just hormones and chemo now and says he can't walk past a shoe store without going in.

The side effects of radiation & surgery are about the same but from what's I've learned the scarring from radiation is larger and gets worse over time.  Unless it's neutron beam surgery then they are about the same.

I had robotic surgery.  I has almost no pain.  In fact I did not take pain meds after leaving the hospital.  Wearing a catheter for two weeks was the worst part.  As long the cancer has not infiltrated the nerves (which it commonly does) you probably will not lose sexual function.  Regaining continence can take a while but there's lots of help in that area.  I've had three follow up PSA tests since and they have stayed at zero, as they should.

My Gleason scores were higher.
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Re: Prostate cancer
« Reply #22 on: September 07, 2018, 05:30:50 PM »
I appreciate all the well wishes. It means a lot.
If any of you have recently been through my treatment program and want to share privately, feel free to pm me.
Best, Jeff
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Re: Prostate cancer
« Reply #23 on: September 07, 2018, 06:16:38 PM »
Best wishes for a positive outcome Jeff. Virtual hugs x
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Re: Prostate cancer
« Reply #24 on: September 08, 2018, 04:49:15 PM »
Good luck Jeff. You'll beat this.
I'm going to have the finger wave next week during my physical.  Colonoscopy was last year.  For those of you leery about getting a colonoscopy, I've always said the prep is the worst part. The actual procedure is nothing because you're out.  Get it done before it's too late.

Oh my Lord is that an understatement.  I put off the Colonoscopy as long as I could, but then a test came back positive for Colon Cancer.  Had the procedure on Wednesday and they removed the problem and all is well.  I guess.  I'll bet the Drs. office has a suggestion box asking "How can we make a Colonoscopy even more revolting?" 

Had a good friend with Prostrate Cancer and he is cured and doing great.  Hang in there.
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Re: Prostate cancer
« Reply #25 on: September 08, 2018, 10:47:34 PM »
Oh my Lord is that an understatement.  I put off the Colonoscopy as long as I could, but then a test came back positive for Colon Cancer.  Had the procedure on Wednesday and they removed the problem and all is well.  I guess.  I'll bet the Drs. office has a suggestion box asking "How can we make a Colonoscopy even more revolting?" 

Had a good friend with Prostrate Cancer and he is cured and doing great.  Hang in there.

That's a tough way to learn that lesson Jim.
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Re: Prostate cancer
« Reply #26 on: September 23, 2018, 04:48:38 PM »
Hang in there Jeff!  Just under a year ago after a Fusion Biopsy ( https://health.clevelandclinic.org/fusion-guided-biopsy-a-smarter-way-to-look-for-prostate-cancer/ ) my Gleason Score came back at 7and 8 and two doctors recommended surgery. I think because of the location of the cancer neither doctor thought radiation would be a good choice.   I had robotic surgery at Sylvester Cancer Center at the University of Miami in December.  Pathology results were 9.5 and 10, so I am thankful I had it removed.  The first 6 to 8 weeks after surgery were a little tough but no long term effects and PSA's have consistently been zero since.  Feel free to PM me if you have any specific questions I may be able to answer for you.  You are not alone, hang in there!

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Re: Prostate cancer
« Reply #27 on: September 23, 2018, 05:43:43 PM »
   For those of you leery about getting a colonoscopy, I've always said the prep is the worst part. The actual procedure is nothing because you're out.  Get it done before it's too late.

I had my 3rd  one last year.  On each one they have found and removed minor growths but nothing that was not benign.  Yes, the prep is the worst part.  I slept through the procedures by my wife stayed awake the whole time for hers and was fascinated to watch on the TV....lol   Usually after the first they schedule them every 10 years or at least that  is what Medicare will pay for.

Good luck to you also Jeff.  You have the right attitude to fight the good fight.

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Re: Prostate cancer
« Reply #28 on: September 24, 2018, 08:10:29 AM »
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Usually after the first they schedule them every 10 years or at least that  is what Medicare will pay for.
When they found some growths (benign, thankfully) on my wife's colonoscopy a couple of years ago, they cut them out (normal, of course), but there was one moderately large growth they couldn't really get to very well at that time  (it was in a fold or something), so she had to go to a different place (with extra equipment) to get that out. The result was that a couple of times her colonoscopies were just a few months apart, then a year apart, and the last one they finally told her to come back in five years (they got the growth out).

On my first one they found six polyps and told me to come back in three years.

Medicare and the supplemental insurance have paid for all of those, so 10 years is just for when everything is more or less normal.
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Re: Prostate cancer
« Reply #29 on: September 24, 2018, 08:55:26 AM »
Jeff

Just remember, radiation can cause cancer as well as kill it. Be sure to keep up to date on your colonoscopies. The colon and prostate are in the same area. Usually if you are under age 70 they go for the operation, if over 70 they tend to go for the radiation. With the operation you always have the radiation as a backup if it comes back. With radiation the backup is to put in menopause. Good luck!!

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