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Old 09-06-2011
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I recently found out that I am doing an agressive form of Prostate Cancer. The points that I feel would be of interest to the Forum are as follows.
I feel very healthy and have no symptoms. Cant stress that enough. I went for my yearly checkup and my PSA scores were up from 2.8 to 5.4. The 5.4 value is high but the amount of increase is significant so I was referred to a specialist. Upon his examination (my wife calls it "my date") he felt something harder so he ordered a biopsy, which came back with a Gleason score of 9 out of 10. Which indicates a very aggressive form of cancer.
So guys get your annual checkup no matter how great you feel.
The other aspect is that they do not operate on guys over 70 unless they they are in good shape. Because of my swimming and other activities I am in great shape for my age (76) so the surgery option is open for me. They did several types of scans (Bone and CT) and determined that the cancer is still contained in the prostate gland so I had the option to choose between surgery or radiation/hormone therapy. So being in good shape largley due to swimming and I might add TI swimming has given me options I wouldnt of had.
I will have surgery on Oct 14 and that will keep me out of the pool for anywhere from 30 to 60 days. That removes a good part of practice for the winter racing season but will be a good investment in the long run. duh.
So again the main points. Get in shape and maintain it and get the yearly examinations. Both will add years.
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Old 09-06-2011
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Grant,

Your post is much appreciated and may the water Gods watch over you and your family. Due to people like yourself the word about one of the forgotten cancers is getting out. My best friend was diagnosed with prostate cancer three years ago, completely by surprise. No symptoms, circumstances and numbers all identical to yours. He had radical surgery and is doing very well to date.

Again your courage for putting it out there is admirable and I'm sure your journey forward will be a good one.

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Old 09-06-2011
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Grant

Life for us mid-seventies can be full of surprises, not all of them welcome. It's good to hear that you are in good shape thanks to swimming and TI and I'm sure the surgery will sort you out. Best of luck and hope you're soon back to swimming. Maybe I'll see you at a World Champs some day. Till then, keep swimming and keep posting.

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Old 09-07-2011
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Thanks, Grant. The men in my life are notorious for not seeing the doctor until they're in dire straits, so I will pass this along to them.

I firmly believe that the pursuit of enjoyment and good health through engaged movement offers all kinds of benefits, not all of which we see at any given time. Some might say, "You live such a healthy life yet you still got cancer. What's the point?" To which I would reply, "Yes, and who knows what I might have or how I might feel if I didn't lead this healthy life."

Glad to hear it looks to be contained and that you have treatment options. I send along my best wishes for your recovery and look forward to your continued participation here.
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Warmest wishes from my part of the UK, Grant. Can't help thinking that people who practice endurance activities such as swimming are best equipped for this sort of challenge. Shall be thinking of you.

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Thanks for all the well wishes people. They are very comforting. The great thing about this situation is that I am not feeling ill in fact I feel great, so I can continue to swim vigorously right up to the operation on Oct 14. then I guess I will do a 2 month taper. )
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Old 10-18-2011
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Grant,

How are you doing?


I was thinking of you on Oct 14th.

Hope you are well!!!
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Old 10-19-2011
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Grant,

How are you doing?


I was thinking of you on Oct 14th.

Hope you are well!!!
Thanks for the enquiry Haschu. It gave me a lift.
I had composed a reply and it has got lost some where in cyber space so will send this one. Please forgive me if they both arrive. Finding my way around our new iPad and some strange things have been occurring.
My prostatectomy went very well. The Dr said he thinks he got wide clear margins and rejoining the ureter to the bladder went very well so he expects my period of incontinence will be shorter than usual.
Was on my feet that night and felt strong. Sent me home Sunday noon so am back to home cooking and my wife and my daughters care.
An interesting point is that before going into surgery I meditated allot and just before going under anaethesia my blood pressure was 110/72, which is way lower than normal. Have only had to use 2 narcotic painkiller as Tylenol keeps things tolerable.
Have really enjoyed the EVF thread on this forum. You and the others have really provided an extensive discussion on a subject that is difficult to illuminate.
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Old 10-19-2011
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It's great to hear from you, Grant. Glad it went well and that you're home.

I think you're on to something regarding the meditation, especially if you're not meditating in the pool for the next couple of months.

I used to meditate every day and have lost the habit. The accumulated benefit of daily practice is easily forgotten (at least by me!). I have just now committed to a session for later this evening, so thanks for bringing that up.

Best wishes for a speedy recovery.
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Glad to hear you're doing so well. Take care.
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