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As you may know, I have since last year been under sufferance of issues with a spine that has been ravaged by the years of misuse, overloading and other un-nice occurrences.  This resulted recently in further scans of the lower Lumbar region. L4, L5, S1 were found to have severe impingement upon the spinal nerve column by displaced intervertable disks. However, a very observant Radiologist also noticed that there were other alien substances visible and recommended further dedicated Autrasound, Bone and CT Scans with disclosing, also accompanied by a PSA test.

The result is to put it very basically and bluntly is, I have several lesion (non malignant)  on my right kidney and a mass located as the seat of the prostatectomy operation performed in 2000 together with other points of interest on my Pelvic Bone and Spine which are described as being in keeping with multiple sites of prostatic metasis.  Prostate Cancer has returned , as such it is not curable and can only be treated to control its further spread.  It is terminal, maybe 5, 10 or 15 years. Its the luck of the draw. 

I have been referred to 2 Specialist at the Fiona Stanley Hospital Cancer Clinic and have an appointment with an Oncologist on 22nd June and later an Urologist. 

I 've let Valentina know in Russia, still not sure when she will be returning after her eye surgery, for which she is still being treated. 

Dave

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Sorry to hear that buddy. Each as much cruciferous as possible to slow it down. 

Ray

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Been doing that for quite a long time Ray.  But looks like a dormant cell has been laying there for a very long time (some 18 years).  Yeah I have the appointment on Friday 22nd June.  (2nd June above is in error) 

Will update after I have had that visit and know a bit more.  Meanwhile I will endeavour to soldier on. Been there, done that before :( 

Dave

 

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Thanks Shane. Yeah, poo happens, just as I thought things had settled down.  Will post updates as and when :) 

My next goal is to get that telegram in October 2034 from whom ever is King or Queen.  But again, we may be a Republic by then!

Dave

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Everything has been arranged with Hospital and Silver Chain Nursing Care services. So now it is a case of waiting another week B4 I get some sort of prognosis.  Must say this latest episode has really tried my stamina and mental ability. But many friends have rallied around me with support. Val now fully aware of the situation and supporting me daily in her prayers.  I have beaten it before.  I guess I can do it again. Thanks ... There is now a greater meaning in looking up into the heavens...   Will update next week.  

Dave

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Stay strong mate, I would visit in person if I was able. Lucky for you we'll have to stick to forum posts. :P

 

Shane

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So much has happened and so much time has slipped by.  But here is a quick update. My Oncologist at Fiona Stanley Hospital has decided on hormone treatment due to my age and some minor heart issues. Been on pill for a week now and in another week will change to a slow release subcutineous micro pill injection.  That will last 12 weeks and I will return et seq every 12 weeks for replacement. 

Periodic Pathology will be called for to monitor my PSA and other indexes.

So far very little side effects, just battling these freezing nights here in the West ! 

 

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Awesome mate. You are in good hands at Fiona Stanley. And yes, Perth is cold at the moment. 

Ray

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Update August 01:   The Zoladex injected SR tablet appears to have kicked in and in general side effects have not been too bad.  Biggest issue is coping with the cold weather, seems June and July were the coldest months for some 16 years.

On August 10 I return to see the Oncologist at the hospital clinic following pathology 5 days prior. Be interesting to see what the results will be.

Dave

 

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Keep hanging in there my friend. You are a fighter. And yes, we had hail 5 time yesterday, which is the first time I have ever seen it more than once in the same day. This shows how cold the atmosphere must be in this region. It is colder than usual (of course, our English friends would laugh at my comment about it being cold, just like I probably smile at their heatwave). :P

Ray

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Not often I have some good news to post but this just has to be the exception:  Last week had Pathology after the first 2 months of medication and saw my Oncologist on Friday 10 Aug.  The results were quite remarkable.  PSA originally 107 was 70 in June and now down to 9!  My Testosterone levels are now <0.03nmol/L which accounts for the dramatic PSA fall.  Dr Ferguson tells me that now the Cancer cells will lie dormant and not spread nor become agressive as they are now starved of nourishment.

He wants to see me again in December when most probably they will rescan the kidney. He and the Urologist cannot see any cancer ATM, so will keep a close watch.  It appears the cells I do have are very slow growing.  Needless to say there are side effects from this treatment but a small price to pay for the excellent results. 

Cheers

Dave. :) 

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(September) Just a quick note: It has been confirmed that my PSA is now 3.9 which below the median of 6.0 for males of my age.  The Cancer is considered "on hold" no increase nor spreading. 

The result of the re-scan of my heart relating to the Cardiomyopathy Dilation issue in 2012, is that the heart has recovered and functioning normally, there are a couple of small issues, but these have been classed as minimal  and of no present concern.  The bottom line is to keep doing all the right things with diet and exercise and return for a follow up scan in 3 to 5 years. :)   I like that sort of diagnosis ! :) 

Dave

 

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December 2018. Well Christmas is upon us and I guess its time to say "Seasonal Greetings" to my good friends and Visitors to this site  The last few weeks have been very involved, having scans, tests and pathology for the issues that started this year.  The Cancer is now fully under control.  My PSA is now 0.59.  The median is 2.5!  I had a phone call from my Urologist also and advised me that there have been no changes to the lesions on my R Kidney, they are not carcinogenic nor affecting the function of the kidney, which is normal.  He advised he would contact me again in 9 months time for a review.  Together with Cardiac Tests, my GP advised that my Cardiomyopathy (dilation) of 2012 has cleared and she has taken me off heart medication.  Like an Old wine, it appears as I age I am getting better..

Valentina is still away in RU and is expected to have a review of her second cataract operation in the new year.  Apparently it is developing much slower than expected.  I would really like to go and visit her in the NY, but funds prohibit such extravagance. !! St Petersburg is beautiful City. 

So with that may I wish everyone a Happy Christmas and a very Healthy New Year.

Dave.

 

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Hi all and each. :) Well 2019 is here all fresh and new. So hopefully this will be a much better year than the one ended - Next week I have to have a full CT Scan again and then following that a week later I have an appointment with the Oncologist - Pretty sure he is going to be satisfied with the results. - So will post info from the visit later.

Meanwhile have been dusting down the Scope gear, driving the EQ6Pro around the kitchen from the Dell laptop.  That seems to be functioning well.  I also have bought some eyepieces, barlows and filters.  Was quite surprised at the price of the latest EQ6Pro well over $2k (AU) Of course the latest ones are now belt driven. But glad I do not have to buy that again. plus the prices of the 8 and 10" scopes seem to have gone up considerably - All we need now is a few clear nights without all that cloud moving in from the Indian Ocean.  

Basically I am in good nick, medically, so that's a bonus and something to enjoy.

May all your skies be cloudless and your health strong in 2019 :)

Dave

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On 05/01/2019 at 12:30 PM, scorpius said:

All we need now is a few clear nights without all that cloud moving in from the Indian Ocean.

How is this Perth weather Dave? Cloudy with a chance of meatballs. I have never seen summers so clouded out. 

Ray

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I RSVP'd to this from my MediaTek Tablet but looks like it never made it!  Yeah,  real crazy Ray.  Meatballs with gravy!   But I must apologise for it because I believe I am the cause! I just received a neat T7 Scope camera. Its Chinese clone of the Chinese "ZWO ASI" range on cameras which are very expensive.  It came with no instructions/software and looking at Forums found that it works using the ZWO drivers/software. The unit cost me $AU109.  USB/Network compliant.  Got it from Ali Baba site.

in fact it identifies as the ZWO ASI120C architecture which is a simpler unit.  Mine has the wide angle lens and different sized apertures.  I have tried it out on the Dell in the kitchen and with the Wide angle lens can take pictures straight from the cam alone down to a metre or so.   Will have to wait for this weather to clear B4 aiming upwards.  We have had a fair amount of moisture the past 48 hours  - enough to revitalise the sick looking shrubs in the garden.  Its an ill wind ....etc

BTW Saw the Oncologist last week and given the all clear on the Cancer situation.  100% under control and the spine is now regenerating the damage done by the now neutralised cancer cells. 

Will now monitor me every 4 months.  Same with the Kidney, no issues, no cancer and monitor every 9 months. That's a load off my mind. 

Dave

 

 

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8 hours ago, scorpius said:

But I must apologise for it because I believe I am the cause! I just received a neat T7 Scope camera.

I knew someone was responsible, at least you are honest about it. B)

That crazy that you can purchase that camera like that and its giving you similar readouts as the ZWO. I wonder how the images will look? I would consider purchasing one of those if it fits the bill. Keep me posted of your results please.

8 hours ago, scorpius said:

BTW Saw the Oncologist last week and given the all clear on the Cancer situation.  100% under control and the spine is now regenerating the damage done by the now neutralised cancer cells. 

Good news my friend. You are a tough bugger. Onwards and upwards. 

Ray

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