Reindeer Named Cancer

Diagnosis and treatment begins

PSA was slowly ascending at the same time I had urodynamics for voiding concerns – or was it early signs of prostate cancer masquerading as an overactive bladder It (cancer) was suspected but low PSA fooled us all. PSA continued to rise until it pole vaulted over 4.0 landing hard. It climbed to 5.34 when the decision was made to perform a biopsy revealing 12/12 cancer cores, some aggressive, T2C, 4+3. I opted for nerve sparing robotic surgery at first available opening. Recovery was painless but bladder took professional therapy for months, and ED is a remaining concern with marginal improvement for that arena of our life.

Entering round two

Seventeen months later PSA increased, six months later doubled, and three months doubled again raising red flags of urgency and a visit to onc rad (oncology radiation) where treatment begins in two days. Already the ED problem was fixed thanks to Casodex and Lupron hormone therapy initiated two weeks ago. (Be advised the Lupron injection hurts like the Devil for at least a week following the injection, and I do mean H U R T.)

By my side

My wife has been incredibly understanding by my side every step of the way sharing the emotions of joy and pain. She endures my MS, multiple spine surgeries, and now recurrent cancer. Before we received the official diagnosis I told her what this means and its consequences. At that statement of truth and fact she cried and that tore me apart to see her in tears running down her soft cheeks, tears of sadness, feeling so helpless. This is cancer, I told her. We have to deal with it.

My power chair is my constant companion as is my wife who provides full time adult care as we experience countless blessings every day during this journey through uncertain times.

Tomorrow might bring us something new. What will it be this time?

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  • Will Jones moderator
    1 month ago

    A common theme throughout all of the stories I’ve read this morning is the support of our wives. While it seems that every journey is medically unique in one way or another, support from our spouses seems to be universal. I start each day counting my blessings, including successful surgery to eliminate my cancer, but my wife is at the top of the list. I hope your treatment is going well and that you will soon count being cancer free among your blessings.

  • ninaw moderator
    1 month ago

    Hi @sevensix, we recently had a question on Facebook about the ED problem being fixed by Casodex and Lupron. Does this mean you found your ED improved with these treatments?

    What an important part your wife has played – I can’t imagine what it was like to have to tell her, and for her to hear it, but you faced it and moved forward. I’m sure that strength will serve you well into the future. – Nina, ProstateCancer.net Team

  • sevensix author
    1 month ago

    The ED question is not puzzling but did someone on Facebook actually inquire Lupron and Casodex pharmaceuticals improve ED ? The short answer is NO they do not. Here is why: Lupron and Casodex are anti-androgen compounds telling the brain to stop making testosterone, the male hormone and fuel source for cancer. These two drugs will effectively kill any libido or erectile function making sex a relic of the past. You won’t care anymore that you lost a vital feature or function of your life, it is simply gone and you won’t even bother to ask why.

  • ninaw moderator
    1 month ago

    I think they were referring to the statement, “Already the ED problem was fixed thanks to Casodex and Lupron hormone therapy initiated two weeks ago.” Irony doesn’t always come across via text, so I appreciate the clarification! You paint the picture well, “you won’t even bother to ask why.” Brutal treatments, indeed. – Nina, ProstateCancer.net Team

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