Posted tagged ‘prostate cancer’

Final cancer wrap up, for now

October 6, 2008

The catheter is out & the folks are on their way back to OKC.   The follow up exam found that the cancer was on neck of bladder and seminal vessels, which was to be expected given the Gleason score of 9.  My dad will monitor this situation with PSA tests every 3 months to see what, if anything, happens.  If the PSA number goes up & stays up, then hormone therapy &/or radiation might be in the cards. There’s also a 60% chance of reoccurence within 10 years, so we’ll be watching for that too.

On a side note, Dr. Menon & his staff at The Vattikuti Urology Institute were incredible in their world class care & treatment of my family & we were very lucky to have their services.

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MCM, pt 5

September 25, 2008

All is well.  As mentioned earlier, the prostate was removed & there was no sign that the cancer had spread to the lymph nodes.  They got him up to walk around earlier tonight between 5 & 6 EST, but he got woozy (due to being off his feet for about 10 hours & the anaesthesia) so they put him back in bed.  The dr said it was no big deal.  Anywho, tomorrow consists of the “growup” sessions where they go to classes & I go to therapy.  Here’s some photos.

MCM, pt 4

September 25, 2008

The man is out of surgery & is being dressed. Embarrassing drugged up photos & videos bound to follow.

MCM, pt 3

September 25, 2008

We spoke with the dr & he informed us that they were halfway through with removing the prostate & he didn’t forsee anything preventing him from removing it entirely (a concern we had going into the operation). Also, he stated that the cancer hadn’t spread to the lymph nodes which is fantastic news.

Motor City Madness, pt 1

September 25, 2008

Contrary to popular opinion (and science), there are people & facilities that function before 5 am. Fortunately, the Henry Ford Cancer Center is one. Unfortunately, so is the local news morning show which appears to be the standard fare in the waiting room.

They took my dad back about 15 min ago (6:00 am EST) to prep for his surgery at 7:30 am. I requested they sew him a pocket to keep track of his keys, so we’ll see if the doctors can count home economics as one of their skills.

I’ll be updating the progress here throughout the day so stay tuned.

Heads & tails

September 4, 2008

So do I write about an update on my dad or McCain’s new, bat-shit religious crazy VP pick? Coin flip. Dad it is.

The cancer hasn’t spread to the bones, bladder or lymph nodes. We have surgery scheduled for the week of September 22nd & not a bit too soon considering the samples that came back malignant are considered moderately aggressive & highly aggressive, respectively (Gleason scores of 7 & 9 for you cancer wonks). We’ll be headed to Detroit for the surgery. I’ll have more news as it is available.

Ok, fine. So I’ll include this, too:

*If the above video won’t play, try THIS

News

August 17, 2008

I’ve had to think quite a bit before writing this post in order to sort things out and construct a coherent narrative instead of a stream-of-consciousness post.

I found out this week that my dad has prostate cancer.

As I suspect usually happens to anyone who receives this diagnosis, it was a surprise. Some previous tests showed no visible issues but a biopsy discovered malignant tissue. We’re not sure how far along it is or about its severity (that’s to come over the next few weeks), but we know it’s there & that’s been enough to be….unnerving.

It’s an interesting (although common) experience to be faced with your parent’s mortality. As my mind has been consumed by this matter over the last few days, I find myself reflecting back to my reaction on the day (not on the moment) of receiving the news: “Man, grown up stuff sucks.”

It wasn’t intended to be a derogation of the seriousness of the situation, more a tongue-in-cheek reflection of the fact that I feel like a 30 year old kid. Having witnessed my grandmother undergo her cancer treatment, remission and re-occurrence phases, I was envisioning myself engaged in these procedures with my dad. Not uncommon or extraordinary tasks to do, but versus my experience with my grandmother, this incident is manifestly more personal.

So, that’s that. Tests are forthcoming. I will, no doubt, be writing more about this as it unfolds.