3 years out and another great blood test for my cancer!

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    May 04, 2010 3:32 PM GMT
    I am very pleased to report that I just had another great blood test. Second in a roll, that makes a year of good results. I'm three years out and less than 0.05 PSA (That's below the test's sensitivity). I quizzed the doctor about it and he said I probably have an 85% chance of being totally cured, especially with the radiation and hormone treatment I had. Surgery can leave escaped cancer cells behind in the body (if they have escaped the prostate). But with the strong treatment I had because of the advanced growth of the tumor and the aggressiveness of the cancer, to still have a PSA this low at this time gives a high indication of being cured!!! ... icon_biggrin.gif
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    May 04, 2010 3:38 PM GMT
    CONGRATS! Here's to 30+ more trouble free years!

    My Uncle in TO just got his latest test back and it's good too! (He had the unfortunate problem of non-Hodgkins lymphoma with the prostate cancer.)


    -Doug
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    May 04, 2010 4:15 PM GMT
    Sweet! icon_biggrin.gif
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    May 04, 2010 5:21 PM GMT
    Oh I forgot to warn you guys. Get your prostates checked. It's only a little blood test. But early detection can save you a world of hurtin'!

    And if you have any symptoms, even in your 40s, insist on a test. I have a buddy now who wasnt tested. He prolly wont make it. He was in his 40s and not tested.
  • HndsmKansan

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    May 04, 2010 5:25 PM GMT
    Hey Cas, congrats on fantastic news... and for your recommendations.
    Best wishes for continued health!
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    May 04, 2010 9:55 PM GMT
    YaY thats awesome news icon_biggrin.gif
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    May 04, 2010 10:07 PM GMT
    Congratulations! I am very happy for you.
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    May 04, 2010 10:08 PM GMT
    So we can reliably count on many, many more years of LOLcats to come? Yes? Good. icon_cool.gif
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    May 04, 2010 10:15 PM GMT
    Congratulations, time to celebrate, woo hoo
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    May 04, 2010 10:16 PM GMT
    This is great news. Congratulations!
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    May 04, 2010 10:19 PM GMT
    That's awesome. has to be a great feeling! icon_biggrin.gificon_razz.gificon_biggrin.gif
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    May 04, 2010 10:21 PM GMT
    Great !
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    May 04, 2010 10:23 PM GMT
    Ok, I can say this now that I have gotten to this point. I think radiation/hormone-blocking therapy is far better than surgery. Radiation is nothing. Hormone-blocking can cause deep depression. But once you get thru it, you are in far better shape than those that go under the knife. And this rationale for surgery that guys give, "I just want 'it' out of me," is bullshit. Cutting the prostate out is no assurance of getting rid of the cancer....unless it is very early in the cancer. But then radiation can do the trick and you dont fuck up the nerves that control erections with radiation. And with surgery, you go thru all that messy incontinence. But every guy has to make up his own mind, cuz he is gonna have to live with the results.
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    May 04, 2010 10:25 PM GMT
    Congrats. Very happy for you and many more great years to comeicon_biggrin.gif
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    May 04, 2010 10:31 PM GMT
    Caslon14000 saidOk, I can say this now that I have gotten to this point. I think radiation/hormone-blocking therapy is far better than surgery. Radiation is nothing. Hormone-blocking can cause deep depression. But once you get thru it, you are in far better shape than those that go under the knife. And this rationale for surgery that guys give, "I just want 'it' out of me," is bullshit. Cutting the prostate out is no assurance of getting rid of the cancer....unless it is very early in the cancer. But then radiation can do the trick and you dont fuck up the nerves that control erections with radiation. And with surgery, you go thru all that messy incontinence. But every guy has to make up his own mind, cuz he is gonna have to live with the results.


    I think that the treatment you had is really the way to go. I used to get quite a few men who had come into my Pharmacy who had the surgery and were in very bad shape. Most of them had to go through all the treatment anyway because they did not get it all or had it as a follow up to surgery. I always felt really bad for them to have to go through all that. Congrats to you again and now we all know that we will see you here for many years to come.
  • BIG_N_TALL

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    May 04, 2010 10:43 PM GMT
    GREAT NEWS!!! icon_biggrin.gif
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    May 04, 2010 11:01 PM GMT
    Ah, crap! This means I still gotta live. That means I am back to worrying about old age. etc. You know, for a while not having to worry about living for years and years was a bit of a relief. I didnt have to wory about all that. Now it's back to the old grind. Dying is easy ... *kurplunk* .... living is hard ... *time to make the donuts*
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    May 04, 2010 11:02 PM GMT
    Congratulations.
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    May 04, 2010 11:05 PM GMT
    Thank you guys!
  • toybrian

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    May 04, 2010 11:08 PM GMT
    Congrats Caslon and wish the best to you in the future...
  • hdurdinr

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    May 04, 2010 11:09 PM GMT
    great news and stay optimistic - I love your lol cats!
  • baldone

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    May 04, 2010 11:09 PM GMT
    awesome news caslon.....so glad for you...icon_biggrin.gif
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    May 04, 2010 11:16 PM GMT
    Caslon14000 saidThank you guys!



    Cheers to long life....Caslon, this medical article might interest you.


    Advaxis' Live Listeria Prostate Cancer Vaccine Heads For Clinic
    http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/187553.php]
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    May 04, 2010 11:21 PM GMT
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    Caslon14000 saidThank you guys!



    Cheers to long life....Caslon, this medical article might interest you.


    Advaxis' Live Listeria Prostate Cancer Vaccine Heads For Clinic
    http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/187553.php]

    Ummmm....no. The last damn thing I want to hear about is that they have just developed a cure that doesnt involve all the crap I just had to go thru. ... icon_lol.gif ... j/k ... icon_wink.gif .... that would kinda be like being the last man to die when they discover the cure for death. ... icon_eek.gif
  • Sparkycat

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    May 04, 2010 11:37 PM GMT
    Congrats on the good news. I read something earlier today about a new drug just approved to treat prostate cancer. It's call Provenge, and uses the body's immune system to fight the cancer. Apparently, it's an alternative to chemo and surgery.