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Old 03-17-2021, 09:08 PM   #1
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Default Dangit!!! Prostate cancer returned!

I have debated on whether or not to post about my recent health news, but after seeing the thread by 1riot1ranger on his Prostate Cancer adventure, I thought it might be timely, and helpful for anyone else dealing with this issue.

In 1998, at the age of 51, I was diagnosed with the big C. My PSA was rising rapidly, and we did the radical prostatectomy, removing the whole gland with the encapsulated tumor. PSA was checked regularly for 5 years, and no trace. After that, I never worried about it again and felt fortunate that we caught it early.

Fast forward 20 years later in October, 2018, to my surprise, a routine bloodwork showed my PSA was high. No way, I thought. How can my Prostate Specific Antigen be rising when I don't have a prostate gland ? We found a pecan size tumor had grown back in the prostate bed! I did about 40 daily radiation treatments and zapped the tumor; PSA went down to near zero. I figured I kicked its butt again!

We checked my PSA every 6 months, and it remained negligible...until last fall! My PSA went to 1; then to 11 in 3 months! A series of scans, and I got the word in October that it had metasticized to my bones...Stage 4 Bone Cancer! The interesting thing is that the pecan-sized tumor was obliterated by the radiation 2 years ago and is no where to be found...but the cancer is certanly in about 11 spots in my bones! It is not curable, but treatable.

We did more radiation, completing that series in December, and my PSA has gone back down to .03 or something that low, so...we are keeping it at bay! I take a STRONG hormone shot (Lupron) every 6 months to block testosterone, which feeds Prostate Cancer. That stuff knocks my dauber in the dirt; just tired, with NO energy all the time! Also, I get a monthly IV infusion of Zometa to strengthen my bones, which are susceptible to breaking easily.

So...I did not post this looking for symphathy; don't need any. I just thought it may give another Prostate Cancer perspective to those of you who may be dealing with it. The main thing is to have your PSA checked regularly after the age of 50, and hopefully it can be whipped, if found. My situation of it returning after 20 years was a special case...but then, I'm special like that!!!

Prayers? I will certainly accept any and all prayers.
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Old 03-17-2021, 09:11 PM   #2
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Praying for your recovery now sir, thank you for sharing.
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Old 03-17-2021, 09:11 PM   #3
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Prayers up for you Randy and good luck!
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Old 03-17-2021, 09:13 PM   #4
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prayers going up mr b.
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Old 03-17-2021, 09:14 PM   #5
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Brother I will be praying daily for you, I'm very lucky to have found a friend like you on here, even though we have never meet,

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Old 03-17-2021, 09:15 PM   #6
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Old 03-17-2021, 09:16 PM   #7
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Praying for you. I’ve been battling high PSA levels for the past 10 years. Had a procedure done when it was first discovered. Take meds. It shot up last year to 7, but have managed to get it back down to 3. I’m due to see the doc August. Dreading it, but know it’s important. Don’t want to hear about biopsy, but I know the day is coming. Reading your thread has me thinking. Hope that what lies ahead for you is promising.
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Old 03-17-2021, 09:17 PM   #8
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Darn it that’s not we want to hear. Many prayers up for you and positive results with the continued treatment regiment.
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Old 03-17-2021, 09:20 PM   #9
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Praying for you Randy!
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Old 03-17-2021, 09:21 PM   #10
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Daaang Randy... Sorry to hear that buddy. Prayers up for you fighting this stuff. Hopefully you can keep it at bay and keep on keeping on. TBH needs it's GOF supreme leader..
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Old 03-17-2021, 09:22 PM   #11
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You've been in my thoughts and prayers...and will continue to be.
You got this....you're too ornery to let it get you down!
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Old 03-17-2021, 09:22 PM   #12
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Prayers up for you Randy!!
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Old 03-17-2021, 09:23 PM   #13
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Sorry to hear, hope you kick it again and third time is a charm


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Old 03-17-2021, 09:23 PM   #14
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You have a good record of KCA, keep it up !
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Old 03-17-2021, 09:25 PM   #15
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Dangit....... KCA again, bud..
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Old 03-17-2021, 09:29 PM   #16
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Ain’t no problem for SuperMan. Just kick it’s azz as always. Prayers up sir.
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Old 03-17-2021, 09:29 PM   #17
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Randy
Prayers for you and healing. Stay strong and keep the good attitude. I can tell from what you wrote your hitting it head on and keeping a positive attitude.
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Old 03-17-2021, 09:31 PM   #18
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I will certainly be sending many continuing prayers for you Randy.
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Old 03-17-2021, 09:32 PM   #19
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Old 03-17-2021, 09:34 PM   #20
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Never met you but still hate to hear that brother. Fight on. Gods got this!
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Old 03-17-2021, 09:35 PM   #21
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Prayers up Buddy
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Old 03-17-2021, 09:39 PM   #22
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Many prayers!

When I read this, it mirrors my dadís bout with Prostate Cancer and Bone Cancer. He lived to the age of 86 and it was not the cancer that ended his life. He was too **** strong willed to give in to the cancer!

Again prayers!
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Old 03-17-2021, 09:39 PM   #23
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prayers up for you. your insight has been a big help. I believe God favors special cases.
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Old 03-17-2021, 09:39 PM   #24
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So, the rumors are true... you ARE one tough son of a gun!

Prayers for your continued healing. Keep up the good fight! KCA!
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Old 03-17-2021, 09:40 PM   #25
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Old 03-17-2021, 09:41 PM   #26
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Thank you all for your prayers and good wishes. While this is not curable, I fully expect to still be around pizzing you guys off for a few more years!

Everyday is a blessing!
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Old 03-17-2021, 09:42 PM   #27
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You've been in my prayers, Randy - and Dee too. I'm glad you posted this. It will undoubtedly motivate some other guys to get checked. I'm glad to hear the treatments are keeping it in check, brother. Prayers continuing....
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Old 03-17-2021, 09:44 PM   #28
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Old 03-17-2021, 09:46 PM   #29
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Dang Randy!!! As my grandfather would say, "you can't kill bad grass!" Prayers for continued strength.
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Old 03-17-2021, 09:46 PM   #30
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Keep up the good fight. Prayers for you sir.
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Old 03-17-2021, 09:46 PM   #31
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Prayers sent Randy. Kick cancer's arse!
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Old 03-17-2021, 09:48 PM   #32
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Dang man! You are definitely in our prayers!
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Old 03-17-2021, 09:49 PM   #33
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You’ve been a great source of information and support for me Randy.
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Old 03-17-2021, 09:50 PM   #34
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Prayers sent for complete healing.
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Old 03-17-2021, 09:51 PM   #35
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Dang Randy!!! As my grandfather would say, "you can't kill bad grass!" Prayers for continued strength.
Funny you should say that, OT because when I came out of surgery in 1998, my Dutch sister-in-law said she wasnít worried because you canít kill a weed!
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Old 03-17-2021, 09:52 PM   #36
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Old 03-17-2021, 09:54 PM   #37
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Prayers up Mr B! Kick the big C once again or keep it at bay.
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Old 03-17-2021, 09:56 PM   #38
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Prayers going up for you Randy.

I went through 42 radiation treatments for PC in 2019-20. Great low PSA now. I also had to take two of those dang Lupron shots. To me that was the hardest thing to adjust to. Those shots will definitely knock your "dauber in the dirt".

I would strongly suggest you younger guys get checked regularly.
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Old 03-17-2021, 09:57 PM   #39
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Old 03-17-2021, 09:58 PM   #40
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Old 03-17-2021, 09:59 PM   #41
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Prayers and support sent brother
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Old 03-17-2021, 10:03 PM   #42
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What an ordeal, prayers sent your way.
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Randy you have been in my daily prayers and will continue to be amigo
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Prayers sent up to the Big Man, Randy! Keep fighting brother!
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Old 03-17-2021, 10:09 PM   #45
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Adding you to our prayer list Mr B. Need to keep as many of us White Oak boys around as we can.
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Old 03-17-2021, 10:10 PM   #46
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Prayers for you Randy.
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Old 03-17-2021, 10:11 PM   #47
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Old 03-17-2021, 10:13 PM   #48
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Thank you for posting about your cancer. It’s a motivator for me to stay on top of my check ups and be vigilant. Praying for you.

Keep posting, your insight and humor are the best.
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Old 03-17-2021, 10:18 PM   #49
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Brother I will be praying daily for you, I'm very lucky to have found a friend like you on here, even though we have never meet,

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