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Posted 21 July 2017 11:27:15(UTC)

Hi update,recieved phone call from my nurse yesterday 20th,gleason right 4+3=7,left 4+4=8,dont sound to good, meeting with specialists on tuesday to get all numbers and result of mri,and talk about treatment.

jim

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Posted 21 July 2017 16:03:14(UTC)

Jim, of course you could have hoped for better scores but they're not disastrous, by any means. There will be lots of treatment options, more every year, and you will have lots of years in which you'll be able to use them, if necessary. Get yourself fit, the better to handle the treatment. Get into a positive frame of mind, because that helps, too. Adopt a sensible diet, no excesses or fads, one that will be good for your heart in particular. Then prepare for the long haul on a journey that none of us wanted to take but which is about living life to the full, not worrying about dying.

Good Luck and keep in touch via this forum as you make progress.

AC

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Posted 21 July 2017 16:03:33(UTC)
Hi Jim

Well that's one more piece of the jigsaw in place. Not the highest score nor the lowest but at least you now know.
If you are able to take someone along on Tuesday it can be helpful and make notes to help you remember what has been said. If I didn't quite understand something then I got them to draw diagrams for me which I kept. Make sure you feel comfortable with your understanding of what you are being told as that helps you to feel that you are still in the driving seat.
I found that the more I knew the more chilled I was about the whole thing.
All the best for Tuesday and let us know how you get on.

Kevan
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Posted 03 September 2017 11:29:41(UTC)
Despite your other problems you sound as though you're on top of this Jim. Well done to Royal Mail for the support and hope that all goes well with your return to work.
Good to see the PSA results.

Keep on trucking 👍
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Posted 21 July 2017 16:03:14(UTC)

Jim, of course you could have hoped for better scores but they're not disastrous, by any means. There will be lots of treatment options, more every year, and you will have lots of years in which you'll be able to use them, if necessary. Get yourself fit, the better to handle the treatment. Get into a positive frame of mind, because that helps, too. Adopt a sensible diet, no excesses or fads, one that will be good for your heart in particular. Then prepare for the long haul on a journey that none of us wanted to take but which is about living life to the full, not worrying about dying.

Good Luck and keep in touch via this forum as you make progress.

AC

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Posted 21 July 2017 16:03:33(UTC)
Hi Jim

Well that's one more piece of the jigsaw in place. Not the highest score nor the lowest but at least you now know.
If you are able to take someone along on Tuesday it can be helpful and make notes to help you remember what has been said. If I didn't quite understand something then I got them to draw diagrams for me which I kept. Make sure you feel comfortable with your understanding of what you are being told as that helps you to feel that you are still in the driving seat.
I found that the more I knew the more chilled I was about the whole thing.
All the best for Tuesday and let us know how you get on.

Kevan
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Posted 03 September 2017 10:17:40(UTC)

Update- been on 6 month decapepyl now for 1 month, flushes over night but thats all,psa down from 31.5 to 9.2.But apparently i need a turp op before rt. in the last week i have been diagnosed with emphysema /copd and border line diabetes.But hey life goes on, and I'm going back to work tomorrow (monday) phased return hgv driver for royal mail, work have been great just do what i want over the next few weeks, so yes feeling good.x

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Posted 03 September 2017 11:29:41(UTC)
Despite your other problems you sound as though you're on top of this Jim. Well done to Royal Mail for the support and hope that all goes well with your return to work.
Good to see the PSA results.

Keep on trucking 👍
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Posted 18 November 2017 09:00:34(UTC)

Hi everyone, been a while since i was on here, just done 5 days of rt 15 to go, i am on tamsulosin to help with urine flow it works well,but after my 5th rt session my urine flow has changed to basically a line of drips that is late last night and this morning.
gleason 4+4=8
t3b
stage 4
tumor out of prostate but as of now no spread

and it is saturday so who can you phone for advice, or maybe we shouldn't get ill on a weekend

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Posted 18 November 2017 11:10:58(UTC)

Hi, phone 111 - you may be going into urinary retention



Howay the lads, indeed :-)
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Posted 18 November 2017 15:50:04(UTC)

Thanks Lyn,seems to be better this afternoons will speak to radiographers on monday

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Posted 15 December 2017 15:14:32(UTC)

Hi all,Finished the rt last friday,and yes i rang the bell, things are sort of ok, different bowel movements, and when i need to wee i NEED to wee now, but taking it easy as I'm getting tired easily.And I've grown hair on what used to be my bald area,Yes life is ok at the moment and the lovely Jacqui is taking good care of me.

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Posted 15 December 2017 16:15:21(UTC)
A great feeling isn't it ? Glad that you are feeling upbeat after the treatment. Things do take a little while to shake down again so hopefully in a couple of weeks the bowels will have improved.
The tiredness is pretty common but I found that occasionally I would indulge it but mostly I made myself work through it and I found that this helped me a lot.

Spoil yourself now - you deserve it and don't forget to spoil the OH as well.

Have a lovely Christmas.

Kevan
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Posted 12 January 2018 11:50:05(UTC)

five weeks on from rt and psa score results today are 0.4----------celebration time

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Posted 12 January 2018 13:11:23(UTC)
Oh wow. I can understand why you are feeling chuffed - great news.How are you feeling generally now?
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Posted 12 January 2018 19:23:01(UTC)

Hi Kevan,
Generally feeling a bit weary and a bit sleepy now and again, just got to get the emphysema sorted then its all systems go, as i need the stamina to get up to the 7th tier at st james' park.
cheers..mate
jim

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Posted 12 January 2018 19:37:08(UTC)
Don't overdo it Jim but I hope you manage to get up there soon. Always good to have a challenge.

All the best

Kevan
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Posted 12 January 2018 20:51:58(UTC)

They have a lift to 7th level so i go up in lift and out down the stairs,i just consider the stairs a challenge, when i get up the stairs ill know I've cracked it
cheers
jim

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Posted 12 January 2018 22:32:59(UTC)

Well if you make it up the stairs for the last game of the season, I might have a drink with you in the bar afterwards!

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Posted 12 January 2018 23:28:13(UTC)

Ok see you then, so you're a chelsea supporter, same level 7 as me,dont use the lift tho
jim

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Posted 13 January 2018 01:01:21(UTC)

That's a very big assumption :-E 

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