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    Here is where it all started:
    http://bbs.homeshopmachinist.net/thr...t-important-PC

    Turns out it weren't so:
    http://bbs.homeshopmachinist.net/thr...hey-Got-It-All

    The Saga Continues:
    http://bbs.homeshopmachinist.net/thr...work-this-week

    Fast forward to today, went back in for the routine PSA test.......
    It went from 0.1 to 0.2 (best score for someone with my lack of equipment is <0.1) Kinda had suspicions that it could go this way when it went from <0.1 to 0.1.
    Past the threshold now and now I will be starting radiation 5 days a week for 8 weeks. I will get more details next week when I go for the first consultation.

    Side effects are purported to be mild. Proctitis, Urethuritis, Fatigue. We shall see.

    too bad. I have been feeling really good lately, too.
    Weston Bye - Author, The Mechatronist column, Digital Machinist magazine
    ~Practitioner of the Electromechanical Arts~

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    Damn Weston. I'm sorry to hear about it. I'll pray all goes well for you.

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    • #3
      Hi Weston, sorry to hear your news.

      I had the radiation therapy and side effects were minimal, re tiredness, best to have someone to drive you home each day.

      john

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      • #4
        Weston,

        Wishing you well. IIRC somewhere in my prostate cancer self-education I'm recalling a mention that the adrenal glands could also produce PSA so post surgery tests weren't always definitive. If true that only muddies the water but I'm glad you're getting advice that takes a cautious approach and close follow up.
        .
        "People will occasionally stumble over the truth, but most of the time they will pick themselves up and carry on" : Winston Churchill

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        • #5
          Weston: The boys, Roy Bear, Eddie Moose and Bob the Dinosaur , send their best wishes for a successful treatment course.

          http://neme-s.org/2013/Straw_Hollow_...1/DSC04442.jpg

          I, of course, echo their wishes for good results!

          Errol Groff
          Errol Groff

          New England Model Engineering Society
          http://neme-s.org/

          YouTube channel: http://www.youtube.com/user/GroffErrol?feature=mhee

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          • #6
            Sorry to hear the new news Wes. Prayers from over here. JR
            My old yahoo group. Bridgeport Mill Group

            https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/...port_mill/info

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            • #7
              I'm sorry to hear this. I will say a prayer for your complete recovery and ask my wife, Judy, to do so also. I think she has a clearer channel to the big man than I do.
              Paul A.
              SE Texas

              Make it fit.
              You can't win and there IS a penalty for trying!

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              • #8
                It is profound that you see this as a *#%& inconvenience and not a road block. You're going to do fine with that kind of spirit.

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                • #9
                  Sending you well wishes for your quick recovery and good health. Mike

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by dp View Post
                    It is profound that you see this as a *#%& inconvenience and not a road block. You're going to do fine with that kind of spirit.
                    That's about was I was going to say. More power to you Wes and hope you get back on track soon and your time will be all your own again...

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Weston Bye View Post
                      Here is where it all started:
                      http://bbs.homeshopmachinist.net/thr...t-important-PC

                      Turns out it weren't so:
                      http://bbs.homeshopmachinist.net/thr...hey-Got-It-All

                      The Saga Continues:
                      http://bbs.homeshopmachinist.net/thr...work-this-week

                      Fast forward to today, went back in for the routine PSA test.......
                      It went from 0.1 to 0.2 (best score for someone with my lack of equipment is <0.1) Kinda had suspicions that it could go this way when it went from <0.1 to 0.1.
                      Past the threshold now and now I will be starting radiation 5 days a week for 8 weeks. I will get more details next week when I go for the first consultation.

                      Side effects are purported to be mild. Proctitis, Urethuritis, Fatigue. We shall see.

                      too bad. I have been feeling really good lately, too.
                      I'm alarmed. I had prostate surgery 2004. Last 3 or 4 years PSA has been. 2 to .5 and they tell me not to worry?

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Weston Bye View Post
                        Here is where it all started:
                        http://bbs.homeshopmachinist.net/thr...t-important-PC

                        Turns out it weren't so:
                        http://bbs.homeshopmachinist.net/thr...hey-Got-It-All

                        The Saga Continues:
                        http://bbs.homeshopmachinist.net/thr...work-this-week

                        Fast forward to today, went back in for the routine PSA test.......
                        It went from 0.1 to 0.2 (best score for someone with my lack of equipment is <0.1) Kinda had suspicions that it could go this way when it went from <0.1 to 0.1.
                        Past the threshold now and now I will be starting radiation 5 days a week for 8 weeks. I will get more details next week when I go for the first consultation.

                        Side effects are purported to be mild. Proctitis, Urethuritis, Fatigue. We shall see.

                        too bad. I have been feeling really good lately, too.
                        Bad luck Weston - but its not really a problem as your Urologist seems to have had a CT scan and can reasonably say that the cancer is localised sufficiently such that the quite concentrated "radiation" beams can do the job.

                        As I understand it from my Radiation Oncologist and my Urologist that the CT can only pick up cancers that are 3>5mm in size such that any under that size are not "seen".

                        My cancer showed up at 0.10 PPM about 4 years after my prostate was removed and it started to increase quite quickly and exponentially from 0.1 to about 10.0 in a matter of a few months but my cancer was very aggressive at my biopsy.

                        The Urologist was more concerned about the rate of increase in PPM than the level of it. The straight line graph is pretty well OK if the straight line is at or close to horizontal but is of concern it is a high level of exponentially - which mine was.

                        My 5 days a week for 7 weeks radiation was quite OK as there were no side or after effects at all - just a slight "irritation" of the inside wall of my bladder. PSA was reduced to 0.10PPM - so it was still "there" albeit minimally.

                        My PSA returned in short order as another exponential plot - a steep one - so I was put on hormone therapy which soon brought the PSA back to 0.10PPM which continued as a low level slight potential increase.

                        My Urologist and Oncologist changed my Hormone medication from a 1 tablet a day regime to a slow release implant (injected) at 3-monthly intervals.

                        My PSA is now on a slow reduction each 3 months and which is continuing from a low level to a lower level approaching 0.10PPM. I have no side effects at all from it - and so I feel much better and more confident and at ease than I have before as regards the cancer.

                        It should be remembered that the PSA test result (in PPM) is a measure of the sum total of all the cancer in you body - so it could be a variety of sizes and numbers of individual cancers.

                        That you and I and others have had PSA's less then 0.10PPM does not or may not say that all cancer has been removed as it may increase to 0.10PPM (where it can be "seen" or identified) and perhaps increase from there over time.

                        Consequently it seems as I understand it that if your PSA is less than 0.10PPM for five years the (or more) the chances of it "coming back" are very much reduced towards but not necessarily at "zero". As I also understand it, this or similar does or may apply to other cancers.

                        Perhaps it may be more correct to say that the cancer may be in "remission" rather than "cured" if the PSA is below 0.01PPM for a designated period of time.

                        https://www.google.com.au/search?q=c...gDg&gws_rd=ssl

                        Not so long ago - and some time after my prostate removal - I had an unconnected "blockage"/"collapse of the tubes from my kidneys (both) to my bladder which required a quite uncomfortable "opening up" of the tubes and insertion of two renal stents by my Urologist. These stents have to be replaced every 5 months under general anaesthetic (else that will/may "block" up "solid" and then I will have a REAL problem) but the up-side to it is that the Urologist checks my entire renal system (with an endoscope - aka "Look-up-a-scope") and also "dilates" my connection to the bladder if needed - and I seem him 3 weeks later after I've had a comprehensive set of blood tests (PSA included) every 5 months instead of every 12 months as if often the norm. So the PSA is going very well.

                        https://www.google.com.au/?gws_rd=ssl#q=endoscopy

                        Its odd how sometime a "bad" event seems to be for the "good" as well - as seems to be the case with me.

                        I wish you well and all that you and yours wish for you.
                        Last edited by oldtiffie; 11-20-2014, 06:04 AM.

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                        • #13
                          My sympathies to all who have posted and have, are or for the rest of us god forbid, going to suffer this disease, a prayer is defiantly in order, I don't mind the grim reapers cold clammy finger on my shoulder but I really hope he isn't going to stick it up my arse first!
                          Good luck Weston
                          Thinking of you
                          Mark

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                          • #14
                            Best of luck to. Every time I see this I can't help but wonder why they want to stop doing PSA testing. I know it isn't always reliable but it is the best tool we have right now to detect this. Hang in there.
                            Al

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                            • #15
                              ...but I really hope he isn't going to stick it up my arse first...
                              I thought I had gotten past that when I had the offending gland removed, but my internist insists on a DRE anyway, just in case. (??)


                              Sadly related, I was reviewing my health insurance. The company-provided plan, a "Cadillac Plan" as branded by the Obama Administration,has me paying about $2-grand toward the premiums. This is money up front, sick or not. Then, over and above the premium, I have to pay deductibles and co-pays to an out-of-pocket max of $6350. I have been healthy this year and have not satisfied any of the deductible.

                              I expect the radiation to burn through all that money in my wallet in the last month of this calendar year as it is burning through me and those little cancer buggers inside me.

                              Then Jan 1 rolls around and anothe six effing grand gets burrned up.

                              The cancer treatment phases
                              Cut it out - been there, done that
                              Burn it out - getting ready...
                              Starve it - no more testosterone for it - or me if it comes to that.
                              Poision it - ...

                              Thanks to all the good wishes and encouragement, and even Tiffies pedantics. By the way, Tiffie, what has been the time span for your adventure?
                              Weston Bye - Author, The Mechatronist column, Digital Machinist magazine
                              ~Practitioner of the Electromechanical Arts~

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