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Metastatic prostate cancer

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by snuffy, Aug 10, 2018 at 5:17 PM.

  1. snuffy

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    metastatic prostate cancer
    Recent problems with my lower spine led me to get a MRI of that region. It showed several spots where metastatic bone cancer had started to grow. It interfered with my natural ability to control my bowel.

    Metastatic prostate cancer is what happens when the prostate cancer morphs around it's need for testosterone to grow. The hormone therapy I've been on since 2010 is called Eligard. It sweeps testosterone from the blood, robbing the prostate cancer of what it needs to grow. Sometimes called chemical castration.

    It's basically a death sentence, I may have a year left, possibly a bit more.

    Two chemotherapy drugs in pill form will be used to fight it. One is prednisone, a steroid the other is Zytiga, abiraterone acetate, a targeted drug that has shown promise in slowing the growth of the cancer. Some studies say it doubles the life expectancy of some men.

    I guess what I'm asking for is prayers and well wishes, but most importantly to ask all of you over 55 YO to go get the fickle finger test!!!! Along with a blood test to check your PSA! The earlier you catch it the longer you'll live.

    BTW this is all being handled by my VA doctors at the VA clinic up in Green Bay WI. They're very good oncologists, and have all the modern knowledge and drugs to treat it. I'm in good hands!
     
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  2. gudaki

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    Praying for you brother!
     
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    snuffy, you're in my prayers! May God strengthen you!
     
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    My prayers are with you. I don't have the words except to say my father died of colon cancer, that's were it started and he would never have a colonoscopy and until it was to late.
    I have had two and the first one they found 11 pre-cancerous lesions and he took care of them, a year later I was in there again for a check up and he bumped me back to three years.

    I hear your words and wish a miracle for you. I will check into these things your taking about and get checked.

    Don't ever give up. You never know.
     
  5. jell-dog

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    My prayers are with you snuffy!
     
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    Snuffy,
    Im sorry to hear that, you have my best wishes, and prayers.
    Hang in there, and thank you for the warning.
     
  8. Blue68f100

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    Snuffy, Sorry to hear that news. My prayers are with you.
     
  9. troy fairweather

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    Hope u get well sir.
     
  10. cw308

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    Snuffy , you will be in my prayers . We are around the same age , I'm going to be 72 in December . I also am using the VA I'm in a survey for the Liver Fluke Parasite . Some things have a way of poping up and biting you in the butt 50 years later . Hang in there Brother , Again , You will be in my Prayers.

    Chris
     
  11. bob40caliber

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    Smoke and prayers sent up from the White Mountains.
     
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    Another fellow High Roader praying for you. Also, thank you for the concern you are showing others to get checked.
     
  13. jmorris

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    Sorry to hear that, prayers and best of wishes sent.

    I go back in in two months myself hoping for year #2 of being cancer free after having part of a kidney removed because of renal cell carcinoma.

    There is never no hope until you give up.
     
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    You will definitely be in our prayers. So sorry to hear about the cancer, but never give up hope. There is a guy that grants miracles, and he loves you.
     
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    I wish you the best. With luck it will go into remission and I hope it does.
     
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    Keeping you in my thoughts and prayers.
     
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    You are in my prayers. This from a 60 year old cancer survivor that had advanced stage 4 non hodgkins lymphoma, survived 3 years of brutal chemo, and then a bone marrow transplant in 1990. I was told on several different occasions in that time period that they had done all they could for me and were praying that I might make it through that l particular night. One time my mother and one of the chemo nurses stayed with me all night and held my hands to comfort me. I am still kicking, complaining, and shooting whenever I want to, when my full time job allows that is. Do not count yourself out just yet. I have yet to meet a survivor that gave up. They all fought tooth and nail for every small victory and won!.
     
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    Thoughts and prayers to you and your family
     
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    I'm so sorry to hear this. I wish you the best of luck and your in my prayers. Thank You for bringing this up because a LOT of guys just won't get things checked. I just did last month with a full physical. It's not worth screwing around when most "down there" cancers caught early can be fixed. Woman go yearly for a very uncomfortable and invasive check up. Men make a big deal of "Cough, cough" and a cold "whooo" check. By the time you drop your drawers and pull them back up it's over. Get checked guys.
     
  20. ray15

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    I go for my checkup next week. I found a cute young lady doctor - I figure it's my dime, I might as well enjoy it :D

    I wish you and your family peace and happiness.
     
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    Prayers for you snuffy and keep faith the good Lord will pull you through your troubles. I'm high risk cancer and heart disease so the Docs work me over pretty good.
     
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    Snuffy, so sorry to hear that.
    I wish you the best.

    How's Louie doing?
    I imagine he is big now.
    Please send me a pic of him if you feel up to it.

    My aunt had ovarian cancer. Docs gave her a year but put her on a new drug that was still in trails and she managed to make it another 8 years.
    Hang in there sometimes things work out better than expected.

    DD.
     
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    So sorry to hear snuffy.

    A reminder to us all not to take our heath for granted, get regular check ups, and take advantage of what modern medicine can do when we catch things early.
     
  24. billybob44

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    Prayers for you Snuffy..

    Also takes a "He** of a Man" to step up to advise others= +1000...Bill.
     
  25. Dwb1957

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    Faith is hard in times like this for you but just remember God created all he can surely heal.
     
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