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Post  Kelejan on 11/26/2019, 1:05 pm

When you get signed off for this in a couple of years, you are going to be one healthy person. Just keep it up, TD. Do not surrender.  I give up!

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Post  trolleydriver on 12/5/2019, 3:11 pm

I received some very difficult news yesterday.  My recovery from the side effects of radiation treatment is going well.  Following that treatment I was given an abdominal CT scan. The results of that scan are that I most likely have kidney cancer in addition to the prostate cancer. I have to meet with a urologist to find out more about the diagnosis and possible treatment.

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Post  sanderson on 12/5/2019, 3:21 pm

Oh, no! This is heart-breaking.

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Post  Kelejan on 12/5/2019, 3:24 pm

Yes, heartbreaking TD. You are in our hearts,  thoughts and prayers.  I love you
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Post  countrynaturals on 12/5/2019, 3:39 pm

Oh, TD, I am so sorry for what you're going through. Hoping for the best possible outcome when you see the urologist. I love you BIG hug
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Post  donnainzone5 on 12/5/2019, 4:18 pm

TD,

Please take heart!

I have a female cousin who is battling kidney cancer, and so far successfully.  A I understand it, she's been getting injections of TB bacteria periodically.  She's still working, too.  I think those treatments are quite uncomfortable, but it's better than the alternative.

My next-door neighbor had a similar situation, and for a while there, things looked grim.  Although I don't have any details of his treatment, he's much improved, gets around, drives, etc.
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Post  AtlantaMarie on 12/6/2019, 6:49 am

Know I'm sending healing thoughts your way...
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Post  trolleydriver on 12/6/2019, 2:57 pm

Thank you for your thoughts and prayers.  I am in need of encouragement.  Taking it one day at a time.  Can't believe that just over three months ago I felt that I was in excellent health then boom.  Sometimes wonder if it would have been better not to know and avoid the treatments and their side effects. Thankfully so far the side effect have been manageable. 

On a positive note, Mrs TD and I had a bake off this morning. I made plant based fudgy brownies and she made traditional brownies.  Mine ended up being the winner (albeit she made a mistake in her recipe).

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Post  Scorpio Rising on 12/6/2019, 8:37 pm

TD, I am super solid about your situation.  I am a huge supporter.  Keep doing what you’re doing.  Stay the course, that is what you can do!  

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Post  countrynaturals on 12/19/2019, 8:36 pm

Any more updates, TD? I love you
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Post  trolleydriver on 12/20/2019, 7:54 am

@countrynaturals wrote:Any more updates, TD? I love you
Still waiting to see a urologist about the kidney cancer. Don't expect that to happen until the new year. On a positive note the short term side effects of radiation treatment appear to be over. Now I am dealing with the side effects of hormone therapy, visibly mild hot flashes but who knows what is happening to muscle and bone loss. I will get another  3 month painful injection of hormone therapy on January 2 (good way to start the new year).  I continue to stay active, do cardio exercise daily and strength exercises about three times per week. Thankful for my faith, my loving wife, praying and supportive family and friends

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Post  countrynaturals on 12/20/2019, 10:05 am

Thanks for the update, TD. Sounds manageable, at least. They must not be too worried about the kidneys, if they're putting it off that long. okay

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Post  sanderson on 12/20/2019, 8:50 pm

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Post  donnainzone5 on 12/20/2019, 9:04 pm

CN,

Please don't forget that TD is in Canada, where health care issues are given different priorities and time frames.  Not to mention the holidays.
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Post  trolleydriver on 12/21/2019, 6:33 am

@donnainzone5 wrote:CN,

Please don't forget that TD is in Canada, where health care issues are given different priorities and time frames.  Not to mention the holidays.
The system in Canada can move quickly. I started radiation treatment less than six weeks after being diagnosed with Prostate Cancer. That time was taken up by meetings with urologist and radiation oncologist, bone scan, CT scan, start of hormone therapy and my own indecision on whether to have surgery or radiation treatment.

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Post  trolleydriver on 1/13/2020, 5:35 pm

I had my second Androgen Deprivation Therapy (hormone therapy) injection on January 2nd. It was nowhere near as painful as the first one. Different nurse this time.

I have a meeting scheduled for next Tuesday, Jan. 21st, with a urologist to discuss my kidney cancer situation.  I checked the online patient reviews for this doctor and he gets 5 out 5 across the board. He is part of a team of urologists at the teaching and research hospital (hopefully I will not become an experiment  Very Happy ).  He specializes in minimally invasive laparoscopic and robotic surgery.  Praying for some good news at this meeting.

I had a blood test last week. I am now mildly anemic from the radiation and hormone therapy.  On a positive note all of my triglycerides and cholesterol readings are now in the normal range. For example my LDL Cholesterol (bad cholesterol) has improved by 42% since July of last year. I attribute the improvement to the Whole Food Plant Based eating (started in September) and the exercise.  Speaking of exercise I walk most weekdays at the the nearby indoor sportsdome.  As well, Mrs TD and I attend a Seniors Strength and Balance course twice per week.


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Post  countrynaturals on 1/13/2020, 7:12 pm

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Post  sanderson on 1/14/2020, 1:55 am

@trolleydriver wrote:I had my second Androgen Deprivation Therapy (hormone therapy) injection on January 2nd. It was nowhere near as painful as the first one. Different nurse this time.
No nurse Rachett this time?

. . . this doctor . . .  gets 5 out 5 across the board. He is part of a team of urologists at the teaching and research hospital (hopefully I will not become an experiment  Very Happy ).  He specializes in minimally invasive laparoscopic and robotic surgery.  Praying for some good news at this meeting.
Good

I had a blood test last week. I am now mildly anemic from the radiation and hormone therapy.  On a positive note all of my triglycerides and cholesterol readings are now in the normal range. For example my LDL Cholesterol (bad cholesterol) has improved by 42% since July of last year. I attribute the improvement to the Whole Food Plant Based eating (started in September) and the exercise.  Speaking of exercise I walk most weekdays at the the nearby indoor sportsdome.  As well, Mrs TD and I attend a Seniors Strength and Balance course twice per week.
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Post  trolleydriver on 1/16/2020, 9:18 am

Yesterday I walked 5 kilometres (3 miles) in 47 minutes at our indoor superdome. I was only doing 3+ km before so this is a nice step forward.  I'll set my next goal as 6 km in 60 minutes.

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Post  Dan in Ct on 1/16/2020, 10:07 am

TD, Keep the good news coming but on the speed walking, I will need a 2 km head start.
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Post  bluelacedredhead on 1/16/2020, 11:13 am

TrolleyDriver, 

I missed most of your recent posts. I'm sorry to hear that you have yet more to deal with. 

Glad that you have such a Supportive Spouse and Health Care Team. 

And for someone who has gone through so much of late, you certainly are putting the rest of us to shame with your exercise regimen! 

Sending Healing Thoughts and Prayers for Your Full Recovery. 

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Post  trolleydriver on 1/18/2020, 5:50 pm

I have a BIG medical appointment coming up on the afternoon of Tuesday Jan 21.  At that time I meet with a urologist for a consultation concerning my "likely" renal cell carcinoma (a 2 cm tumor on my left kidney) plus some other troubling areas on both my kidneys.

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Post  bluelacedredhead on 1/18/2020, 5:56 pm

Best of Luck on Tuesday. Praying that your Doctors have a Positive Plan for Recovery.
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Post  AtlantaMarie on 1/20/2020, 7:05 am

Sending good vibes....!
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Post  Yardslave on 1/20/2020, 12:03 pm

My thoughts and prayers, TD, You stay strong- you got to catch a break!
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