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Title: Starting down the prostate cancer treatment road. Off to see the wizard.
Post by: Baltimore Ed on February 09, 2022, 09:00:42 AM
Hope this isn’t too personal. I consider you cas guys friends. Had my testosterone suppression shot yesterday. Good for 6 months. A pain in the arse but no big deal. And possible hot flashes! Guess this means I’ll be dressing better and want to redecorate the house. Get seeds next month and then the real fun starts, begin 6-8 weeks of 5 days/week radiation in late March after the Md Military Antiques Show [if they don’t cancel again]. I actually planned this treatment around it. I’m sure that there are a lot of us who are or have been down this road. My PSA has been creeping up for years. Did the first biopsy 3 years ago, the second last month. Numbers were up, a little more cancer so it was time to make a decision, either do nothing, radiation or remove it. Surgery was the last resort imo. I’m only 71 [next month]. Doctors are saying that I should have a good outcome. Compared to the hell my dear wife went through for 12 years after her stroke this is nothing. Stay safe all.
Title: Re: Starting down the prostate cancer treatment road. Off to see the wizard.
Post by: Abilene on February 09, 2022, 11:22:33 AM
Well, something of a coincidence seeing your post today because this afternoon I go for my 1st needle biopsy. Previous liquid biopsy already positive.  Good luck in your journey!
Title: Re: Starting down the prostate cancer treatment road. Off to see the wizard.
Post by: DeaconKC on February 09, 2022, 12:43:48 PM
I'll be praying for you both!
Title: Re: Starting down the prostate cancer treatment road. Off to see the wizard.
Post by: Baltimore Ed on February 09, 2022, 02:53:06 PM
Good luck on yours too Abilene.
Title: Re: Starting down the prostate cancer treatment road. Off to see the wizard.
Post by: Buckaroo Lou on February 09, 2022, 07:04:21 PM
Will be praying for you guys. I had mine removed a little over two years ago. I did the robotic surgery and it was quite successful. They got all the cancer and my checkups since have been very good. I am now 77.
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Post by: Major 2 on February 09, 2022, 07:59:45 PM
Fingers crossed for you both, and prayers sent up stairs
Title: Re: Starting down the prostate cancer treatment road. Off to see the wizard.
Post by: FriscoCounty on February 17, 2022, 02:29:43 AM
Get the most experienced surgeon, with the highest full success rate, you can.  I don't care whether it is traditional or robotic. Experience counts, a lot.
Title: Re: Starting down the prostate cancer treatment road. Off to see the wizard.
Post by: Johnny McCrae on February 17, 2022, 09:03:03 AM
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Get the most experienced surgeon, with the highest full success rate, you can.  I don't care whether it is traditional or robotic. Experience counts, a lot.
Good advice. I had mine removed 22 years ago. My PSA was normal but fortunately my Doctor was vigilant and caught it when he did the ***** exam. I'm 81 and still kicking.

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Post by: Dave T on February 17, 2022, 09:06:34 AM
Good luck and God bless.

Dave
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Post by: Slamfire on February 17, 2022, 12:29:28 PM
 Prayers for some good friends, yes, we care about personal stuff, that's what friends are for.

   coffee all around,  Hootmix.
Title: Re: Starting down the prostate cancer treatment road. Off to see the wizard.
Post by: Abilene on February 22, 2022, 04:53:06 PM
Since I brought it up, I should update.  My PSA jumped 2.5 points in a year, the liquid biopsy was in the positive range but not too far.  Well today I got the results of the needle biopsy (I think they took 10-12), negative!  They said those are 85-90% accurate.  Back to monitoring.  I am happy.  :)

Ed, still praying for you.
Title: Re: Starting down the prostate cancer treatment road. Off to see the wizard.
Post by: Major 2 on February 22, 2022, 05:58:30 PM
Outstanding  :)
Title: Re: Starting down the prostate cancer treatment road. Off to see the wizard.
Post by: Baltimore Ed on February 22, 2022, 07:53:06 PM
Sounds good Abilene. Negative is great but stay vigilant.
Title: Re: Starting down the prostate cancer treatment road. Off to see the wizard.
Post by: Matthew Duncan on March 05, 2022, 09:18:16 AM
My Dad went with the seed inplant.  Seeds were low grade radioactive?  Only side affect he had was a slightly more frequent urge to urinate.
Title: Re: Starting down the prostate cancer treatment road. Off to see the wizard.
Post by: Baltimore Ed on April 13, 2022, 02:30:19 PM
Well, I finally got my gold seeds and gel implanted today. The nice nurse said the seeds would be there forever. There’s gold in them thar prostate! They broke their butt machine last week so everything got delayed. I told them to unplug it from the outlet, wait a minute and plug it in again but I don’t think they listened. While the procedure today didn’t take long it was no fun but I survived. Next week is a consult with the oncologist and mri/ct scans so they know where to aim their death ray. Looks like another 2-3 weeks after the scans before things actually get started. On a much happier note we are doing a WB category at this month’s shoot. Going to use my Crazy Lee M12. Give’em hell, Pike.  I shot cas guns [schofield, uberti thunderer and ‘94] at a zombie/ipsc match recently for fun. Couldn’t keep up with the plastic guns but still was not on the bottom at 11/14. Going to use a 1952 MT Colt Woodsman and a CMMG .22 AR next month. Other shooters were using .22s. Save some primers. Hoping he will run a WW2 shoot on the 5th Saturday in April so I can shoot my Thompson. Film at eleven. Just kidding.
Title: Re: Starting down the prostate cancer treatment road. Off to see the wizard.
Post by: Abilene on April 13, 2022, 05:01:38 PM
Howdy Ed, thanks for the update.  Is there really gold in the seeds?  Will it survive cremation?  :D
Keep up the good attitude and keep having fun!
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Post by: RRio on April 23, 2022, 04:31:15 AM
Prayers up for both of ya. ;)
Title: Re: Starting down the prostate cancer treatment road. Off to see the wizard.
Post by: Baltimore Ed on April 24, 2022, 08:48:47 AM
We had our WB/CAS shoot yesterday. 15 shooters, a few more cas than WB. I used my Auto Ordnance 1911, Marlin Trapper with .45 Schofield ammo and a M1912 20 ga I picked up last month. Had 1 rifle miss, a sg miss and 4 pistol misses but still came in 2nd place overall and 3rd in WB. But in all fairness there were a bunch of rifle/ammo problems that cost other shooters misses that they never shot or added raw time. My stuff ran fine. Next month we’re doing BAMM/CAS. Thinking that I’ll use my new [to me] Krag saddle ring carbine as we will do a mandatory 5 rd reload and a pair of 38-40 NS revolvers. On a more serious note, I had my mri/ct scans and bloodwork last week. Waiting on a start date from the oncologist. Having an endoscopy on Monday to stretch my esophagus. Had a severe pluggage 2 weeks ago for 2 days, not fun. Getting old is not for wussies.
Title: Re: Starting down the prostate cancer treatment road. Off to see the wizard.
Post by: Baltimore Ed on May 11, 2022, 12:30:44 PM
Finally had my first radiation yesterday. Will have 27 more with increasing amounts of radiation. Better than the initial 8-9 weeks that was initially talked about. The endoscopy went fine and  can eat ok again. Working on loads for my 6.5 swede. Casting Lyman 266469 bullets too. Also need to load up some krag ammo for my clubs BAMM this month.

Update—26 now.
Update—25 now.
Title: Re: Starting down the prostate cancer treatment road. Off to see the wizard.
Post by: DeaconKC on May 11, 2022, 05:42:48 PM
Prayers up here for you.
Title: Re: Starting down the prostate cancer treatment road. Off to see the wizard.
Post by: Galen on May 12, 2022, 06:28:29 PM
Duncan I too am still thinking & living in 1968 and find it better than the present
Title: Re: Starting down the prostate cancer treatment road. Off to see the wizard.
Post by: Baltimore Ed on May 28, 2022, 09:02:14 PM
Guys, 14 treatments done —14 to go, 3 more weeks. Modifying my diet has helped my gut issues.
We shot our BAMM today. I think we had 6 boltgunners and 6 cowboys. Shot it clean but still had a miss- a dead pistol primer. Doh. Came in 3rd boltgun category, had a real bad 1st stage with weak ejections and a loaded round that kinda got stuck and wouldn’t feed through my 1896 Krag SRC. Finally cleared it. I had chamber checked all of my loads but not run them through the magazine. My first match with it and I think I also wasn’t working the bolt hard enough to the rear as I was running it too fast. Did better on the other stages but I will check out the ejector. Used a pair of Smith .455 HE’s and my Norinco trench. Also tried my new Swede for the last stage. Nice day, good breeze, a fun shoot. Here’s Chance, Rico Fardan and myself in uniform. We dress the part.
Title: Re: Starting down the prostate cancer treatment road. Off to see the wizard.
Post by: DeaconKC on May 29, 2022, 08:26:12 AM
Thanks for the good report! Praying for you here still. Sorry your Krag was having "issues", hope it is a simple and easy fix.
Thanks for the pic!
Title: Re: Starting down the prostate cancer treatment road. Off to see the wizard.
Post by: Baltimore Ed on June 19, 2022, 07:36:19 AM
Guys I’ve finished my radiation treatments Friday. Now I get a chance to heal up from getting zapped like a microwave turkey dinner and have my psa and testosterone levels checked every 4 months. Thanks for all the thoughts and prayers sent my way. We are shooting a Josie Wales/cas match next Saturday. Haven’t done one of those in years. ‘You gonna pull those pistols or whistle Dixie?’
Title: Re: Starting down the prostate cancer treatment road. Off to see the wizard.
Post by: DeaconKC on June 19, 2022, 11:36:26 AM
Thanks for the update! Praying for you here. Shoot well!

And we want a pic of your Josey Wales pistols!
Title: Re: Starting down the prostate cancer treatment road. Off to see the wizard.
Post by: Abilene on June 19, 2022, 12:04:27 PM
I'm sure you're glad that's finished!  Best wishes for getting back to normal!
Title: Re: Starting down the prostate cancer treatment road. Off to see the wizard.
Post by: Abilene on August 05, 2022, 12:19:34 PM
My Urologist told me they have to wait 6 months after a needle biopsy to do another PSA test.  Well, I just got the results of that, back down to 3.72 and I am very happy! 

Ed, hope you are doing okay!