Explanation Regarding My Health...

Discussion in 'The Watering Hole' started by Otto, Jan 10, 2012.

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  1. Otto

    Otto SC Regular

    Jan 3, 2011
    Forney, TX
    I want to thank everyone for their words of encouragement regarding my prostate cancer. I didn't feel that I should respond in the Single in January How's It Going thread. No need to clutter that with my personal situation.

    This has been a long time in discovery. Fourteen years, in fact. It started in 1997 with a routine annual physical I get each year, and a high PSA test result. I went to see a Urologist and the recommendation at that time was to get a prostate biopsy. The result was negative, but my PSA levels continued to climb into high territory over the following 14 years. Over that time I had an additional five biopsies with no cancer. There were some suspicious abnormal cells, but still no cancer. Last March my PSA was at 30.7 and my urologist suggested yet another biopsy. For anyone that has been through that procedure, you can understand my not wanting another. I decided to wait a bit longer as we were planning our annual Memorial Day trip to Dallas to visit with our 2 year old twin grand kids, and our Son and his wife. Then in October I had another appointment to get this done, but it was time for our annual October trip to Dallas for the twins third birthday, and I didn't want to be dealing with it at that time. Besides, after having six negative biopsies, I just couldn't get too excited about a seventh.

    My wife is finally going to retire this coming June, and we are planning a move to the Dallas area to be closer to the kids. I finally decided to go ahead on December 16th to get this out of the way, and to help clear our minds so we could make our future plans without this monkey on my back. I thought they might finally find the cancer as we knew it was coming, just hard to identify. I got the results back on December 23rd before the long Christmas weekend.

    Of the twelve cores taken this round, one was positive with a Gleason 6 number indicating a moderate cancer, but very treatable. One of the cores was also abnormal, but not cancerous while the rest were benign. After meeting with my urologist again on December 29th, I went in to the hospital the next day for a complete bone scan, and CT scan to check on any movement of the cancer from the prostate to either my lymph nodes, or bones. The results came back negative for both on January 3rd. Major relief.

    The next step is to meet with an Oncologist this coming Thursday to discuss the various treatment options open to me. Right now I'm leaning toward the Brachytherapy radiation "Seed" implants, but will know more after my next meeting. There are several other alternative treatment plans available as well.

    I'm very confident that we will either cure, or control, the cancer, and don't feel this is life threatening. Luckily, Prostate Cancer is one of the most curable/treatable cancers when caught early. I'm glad I waited until December to have the biopsy that found it, as it may not have shown up last March, and I may have chosen to not do anything else regarding my high PSA levels. As it was, I came very close to not getting another biopsy, as they hadn't been able to find it during these fourteen years, and I was not happy about going through that process again.

    Again, I do want to thank all of you for your concerns, and wishes for a good outcome. I'm confident that the prognosis will be good. I plan on sticking around for awhile longer. I have too many things to do and see before I go.

    Thanks, and good shooting,
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  2. kyteflyer

    kyteflyer ~@¿@~

    Jan 31, 2011
    Newcastle, Australia
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    Good luck for Thursday, Otto, I hope the treatment options presented to you are acceptable, and effective.
  3. Lili

    Lili SC Hall of Famer

    Oct 17, 2010
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  4. grebeman

    grebeman Old Codgers Group

    Jul 13, 2010
    South Brent, south Devon (UK)
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    Count me in with previous posters thoughts.

  5. stillshunter

    stillshunter Super Moderator Emeritus

    Nov 5, 2010
    Down Under
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    We are both here for you and right behind you at the very same time Otto! :grouphug:
  6. bartjeej

    bartjeej SC Hall of Famer

    Nov 12, 2010
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    Best of luck, Otto!
  7. bilzmale

    bilzmale Super Moderator Emeritus

    Jul 17, 2010
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    Bill Shinnick
    Thinking of you - stay positive. I have regular checks myself having lost a brother to it.
  8. wow

    Thanks so much for the personal information.

    Hope all turns out well.
  9. thekeddi

    thekeddi SC Top Veteran

    Aug 15, 2011
    South Australia
    Good luck Otto. Hoping for the best results for you :)
  10. Landshark

    Landshark PhotoDog

    Jul 15, 2010
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    Good luck Thursday, I am sure your prognosis will be great
  11. adanac

    adanac SC Veteran

    Sep 30, 2011
    Vancouver, BC
    Wishing you the best Otto.

    Your diligence has shamed me into scheduling my annual exam. Thank you for sharing.
  12. BillN

    BillN SC Hall of Famer

    Aug 25, 2010
    S W France
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    Good luck - you sound as if you are on top of it

    similar problems seem to abound in men over 60 years old these days with few unaffected - I keep "taking the pills" but I have a few friends who are going through what you have experienced - as you indicate the various "tests" can be unpleasant.

    I think you guys in the US are far more aware of the situation than those in the UK with France falling between the two.
  13. TraamisVOS

    TraamisVOS SC Hall of Famer

    Nov 29, 2010
    Melboune, Australia
    Keep up the fight Otto.
  14. Ray Sachs

    Ray Sachs SC Legend

    Sep 21, 2010
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    you should be able to figure it out...
    Wishing you the best Otto. I have a friend going through the same thing and, while his prognosis is also very good, I know the treatment can be a tough process. So hang in there and best of luck...

  15. Briar

    Briar SC All-Pro

    Oct 27, 2010
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    Otto, wishing you well, and wanting to thank you for talking about this. Men are notoriously bad for ignoring their health, especially when it gets down to their personal bits and embarrassing and uncomfortable tests. Hopefully others will follow your lead and keep up with their own checks.
  16. Country Parson

    Country Parson SC Top Veteran

    Apr 5, 2011
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    Otto, I have been there and done that. Wishing you the best with my thoughts and prayers.
  17. BBW

    BBW Administrator Emeritus

    Jul 7, 2010
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    Otto, thank you for being so candid with what's going on, as well as the story lead up. I'm glad you're here with us and know that we're with you in the ways we can be. Thank goodness you've followed through and that your prognosis is so good. I admire you for keeping your Single In January going - as well as that car restoration and everything else!
  18. Hyubie

    Hyubie SC Veteran

    Jun 8, 2011
  19. olli

    olli Super Moderator Emeritus

    Sep 28, 2010
    Metro Manila
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    Best wishes Otto.
  20. wt21

    wt21 SC Hall of Famer

    Aug 15, 2010
    Blessings and prayers for you Otto. Thank you for sharing, too, as I am not regular enough in my checkups, which my wife was cricisizing me for just the other day. Thank you for the reminder on how important these checkups are.
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