I Owe You An Update About My Prostate Cancer

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    Aug 12, 2011 8:42 PM GMT
    I thought we'd have all the answers by now, but this is dragging on. Still, I had indicated here I'd report how my scheduled return visit to the urologist went today.

    The cancer was established by the previous biopsy. Today I got the outcome of the CT scan to check other organs, and the whole-body bone scan. Results were mixed.

    Major bones look good, including the pelvis, which is important when dealing with prostate cancer. But the ribs turned out not so good, both sides (bilateral) turning up anomalies, and they do hurt me. The doctor said it's unusual for non-advanced prostate cancer to metastasize right to the ribs, normally a later development. So now Monday I gotta have a series of rib x-rays, all the results going to an oncologist I see Monday the 22nd.

    Plus there's a suspicious spot on my left kidney we'll also discuss Monday. The first doctor thinks it's small enough that we'll just monitor it for a while. Likely not related to the prostate, possibly a whole new cancer, or something else benign. But good news is no other organ cancers, including my lungs, GI tract, liver, pancreas & brain. So that made my partner & me feel good, once again both of us being briefed sitting together.

    In the meantime, today I got my first injections that will help shrink my prostate and lower my hormone levels, in prep for the radiation. (Two needles right into my belly - UGH!) They'll cause me to have sweaty hot flashes, but I won't lose my hair. Then on Monday we should be scheduling my daily radiation treatments that'll last about 6 weeks, and finish with the radioactive seed implants. Rigsby here e-mailed me about a fairly new proton radiation method, and I've be asking the oncologist about it.

    Funny moment: the doctor started laughing and joking with us across his desk, then caught himself. "Forgive me, I should be more serious and not appearing to be making light of these things. But you two guys are so upbeat and funny together, it's catching." We told him it was just fine, and go right ahead. I don't wanna be getting treated by the Grim Reaper.

    So a mixed bag today, more good news than bad, but still not definitive answers. And I hope providing useful info for guys here who may be facing similar things at some point.
  • rnch

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    Aug 12, 2011 8:45 PM GMT
    thanks for your personal update!

    i was wondering how you were doing; but i did NOT want to pry or invade your personal privacy.
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    Aug 12, 2011 8:52 PM GMT
    Thanks for the update and keep on having that sense of humor! I'll keep you in my thoughts.
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    Aug 12, 2011 10:15 PM GMT
    Handling it well. How's the hubby handling it? Keep that chin up Bob and try not to cross bridges before you are actually standing at one. icon_wink.gif
  • dfrourke

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    Aug 12, 2011 10:24 PM GMT
    ...thanks for the update...this was the only forum post I read today...

    - David icon_wink.gif
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    Aug 12, 2011 10:26 PM GMT
    Bob....(Red)......

    All the best to you, babe. Hang tough. Be strong. Eat you vitamins.....

    You are not alone.........

    Howard
  • kuroshiro

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    Aug 12, 2011 10:30 PM GMT
    At least your doctor is affording you a little lightheartedness given the severity of the situation. I'm glad the two of you (you and your partner) at least make others feel at ease about things =)

    At any rate, I hope all goes well and the anomalies are with the machine and nothing more to cause you concern.

    Good luck and God Bless =)

    -- BJ
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    Aug 12, 2011 10:31 PM GMT
    good luck!
    *fingers crossed*
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    Aug 12, 2011 10:36 PM GMT
    It was hard to read that. Reading all of your post scared me. Thanks for the update though. Keep strong and know that you're not alone icon_smile.gif
  • Lozzano

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    Aug 12, 2011 10:41 PM GMT
    My best wishes for you!
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    Aug 15, 2011 5:01 PM GMT
    Thanks for posting these updates. It's something a lot of us are going to have to deal with some day. I'm glad you are keeping your sense of humor and positive outlook. That's real important in any kind of illness. Best of luck to you!
  • HndsmKansan

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    Aug 15, 2011 5:06 PM GMT
    Glad to hear you are hanging in there Bob, please keep us posted on how things are going!

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    Aug 15, 2011 5:28 PM GMT
    "And I hope providing useful info for guys here who may be facing similar things at some point."

    Art Deco, YES, that's the best reason for any of us to share our personal stories here on RJ.

    Thank you. Feel our good wishes.
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    Aug 15, 2011 7:14 PM GMT
    I'm happy you are keeping a positive attitude about it, it's inspiring actually. Keep up with the updates!
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    Aug 15, 2011 7:23 PM GMT
    Best.
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    Aug 21, 2011 10:51 PM GMT
    Hey. Thanks for the update...please keep fighting and hanging in there. May the spirit of God be with you and keep you safe.
  • Lincsbear

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    Aug 21, 2011 11:11 PM GMT
    Thanks for your update and best wishes for the future!
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    Aug 21, 2011 11:27 PM GMT
    Best Wishes Bob
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    Aug 21, 2011 11:38 PM GMT
    icon_smile.gif Keep on trooping you two!
  • RP919

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    Oct 21, 2011 2:50 PM GMT
    Hi Bob... try going to a website... Mercola.com. Type in your issues and see what type of articles he has written about the topics. You may find it interesting to learn about some natural ways to either compliment or replace traditional medical treatments. Either way it will bring up some questions to ask your doc and see what he thinks. Good luck with everything, and hoping that things stay relatively positive. Maybe we can catch up more next week as I will be down in Miami for nearly two weeks.