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Post  countrynaturals on 9/23/2019, 9:55 pm

@trolleydriver wrote: I have a CT scan scheduled for next Tuesday.
Good luck, tomorrow. Here's hoping it's nothing but Good News from now on. I love you
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Post  trolleydriver on 9/23/2019, 9:58 pm

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@trolleydriver wrote: I have a CT scan scheduled for next Tuesday.
Good luck, tomorrow. Here's hoping it's nothing but Good News from now on. I love you
Thanks CN. It's been a crazy few weeks so far.

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Post  trolleydriver on 9/24/2019, 7:44 am

Thanks Kekejan for the eCard this morning.

My CT scan has to be rescheduled due to an equipment problem. Hope they don't delay too long.

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Post  Kelejan on 9/24/2019, 7:49 am

@trolleydriver wrote:Thanks Kekejan for the eCard this morning.

My CT scan has to be rescheduled due to an equipment problem. Hope they don't delay too long.
Nothing worse than being put on hold at the last minute., TD.
At least you are not one of the customers of Thomas Cook and stranded at the end of the world.
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Post  countrynaturals on 9/24/2019, 9:53 am

@trolleydriver wrote:
My CT scan has to be rescheduled due to an equipment problem. Hope they don't delay too long.
AARRGGHH!!!!! TD - A Journey Through Prostate Cancer - Page 3 671790 Maybe you can find something fun to do today, instead?
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Post  trolleydriver on 9/24/2019, 9:54 am

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My CT scan has to be rescheduled due to an equipment problem. Hope they don't delay too long.
AARRGGHH!!!!! TD - A Journey Through Prostate Cancer - Page 3 671790 Maybe you can find something fun to do today, instead?
Yup. Going for a drive in the country to one if the nearby towns.

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Post  mollyhespra on 9/24/2019, 1:24 pm

@trolleydriver wrote:Thanks Kekejan for the eCard this morning.

My CT scan has to be rescheduled due to an equipment problem. Hope they don't delay too long.

Oh, how frustrating! I hope they can get you in soon!
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Post  sanderson on 9/24/2019, 4:56 pm

@trolleydriver wrote:
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@trolleydriver wrote:
My CT scan has to be rescheduled due to an equipment problem. Hope they don't delay too long.
AARRGGHH!!!!! TD - A Journey Through Prostate Cancer - Page 3 671790 Maybe you can find something fun to do today, instead?
Yup. Going for a drive in the country to one if the nearby towns.
Wonderful idea to go for a drive.

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Post  trolleydriver on 9/24/2019, 7:03 pm

Here is where we ended up.
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Post  Kelejan on 9/24/2019, 7:32 pm

That looks to be a lovely trip, TD.


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How nice!
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Post  bluelacedredhead on 9/25/2019, 7:28 am

@trolleydriver

I haven't been around for a while and just saw this post. 

My Thoughts and Prayers are with you as you go through treatment. Hope they get the machine fixed A.S.A.P.  and put you at the top of the list for an appointment. 

If you have to have a diversion, then a drive to the Canadian Mississippi River and C.P. is a Great choice!
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Post  trolleydriver on 9/25/2019, 12:10 pm

@bluelacedredhead wrote:@trolleydriver

I haven't been around for a while and just saw this post. 

My Thoughts and Prayers are with you as you go through treatment. Hope they get the machine fixed A.S.A.P.  and put you at the top of the list for an appointment. 

If you have to have a diversion, then a drive to the Canadian Mississippi River and C.P. is a Great choice!
Thank you.  For our American friends the "Canadian Mississippi River" can be seen in a photo I posted yesterday.  Very Happy

CT Scan is now scheduled for tomorrow (Thursday).

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Post  bluelacedredhead on 9/25/2019, 12:21 pm

They got you in fast, good to hear!
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Post  trolleydriver on 9/25/2019, 12:45 pm

@bluelacedredhead wrote:They got you in fast, good to hear!
For all of its faults our health care system seems to be working ok for me. If I had not been indecisive about which treatment path (surgery vs radiation) I could have been starting radiation in the first full week of October. Not bad considering the diagnosis was less than one ago.

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Post  Yardslave on 9/25/2019, 12:53 pm

Hi TD, I've been on vacation and catching up on the posts. Wow, this situation is one big "punch-in-the gut". I was a CT tech and the CT procedure is a piece of cake, so don't lose any sleep over that. That, and the bone scan, will help point you to the best possible approach to treatment. The radiation treatments are, for the most part not what they used to be. If you opt for that avenue of treatment, IMRT is the most precise way target the prostrate without the negative side effects of the past. Ask around to see if the radiation oncologist uses that particular modality, and if not where? Radioactive seed implants are also a consideration, but that's based on if the radiation oncologist sees an advantage to treating the tumor directly from the inside. Then there's the surgical approach to consider.....it's overwhelming, I hope that you find clarity once the smoke clears, and you can make a decision based on facts, not fear- no regrets! Anyhow, my thoughts and prayers are with you and I hope for the best. FIGHT THIS THING TD!!! 
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Post  countrynaturals on 9/25/2019, 1:33 pm

@Yardslave wrote:Hi TD, I've been on vacation and catching up on the posts. Wow, this situation is one big "punch-in-the gut". I was a CT tech and the CT procedure is a piece of cake, so don't lose any sleep over that. That, and the bone scan, will help point you to the best possible approach to treatment. The radiation treatments are, for the most part not what they used to be. If you opt for that avenue of treatment, IMRT is the most precise way target the prostrate without the negative side effects of the past. Ask around to see if the radiation oncologist uses that particular modality, and if not where? Radioactive seed implants are also a consideration, but that's based on if the radiation oncologist sees an advantage to treating the tumor directly from the inside. Then there's the surgical approach to consider.....it's overwhelming, I hope that you find clarity once the smoke clears, and you can make a decision based on facts, not fear- no regrets! Anyhow, my thoughts and prayers are with you and I hope for the best. FIGHT THIS THING TD!!! 
Awesome post! Great info! I love you
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Post  sanderson on 9/25/2019, 3:29 pm

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@Yardslave wrote:Hi TD, I've been on vacation and catching up on the posts. Wow, this situation is one big "punch-in-the gut". I was a CT tech and the CT procedure is a piece of cake, so don't lose any sleep over that. That, and the bone scan, will help point you to the best possible approach to treatment. The radiation treatments are, for the most part not what they used to be. If you opt for that avenue of treatment, IMRT is the most precise way target the prostrate without the negative side effects of the past. Ask around to see if the radiation oncologist uses that particular modality, and if not where? Radioactive seed implants are also a consideration, but that's based on if the radiation oncologist sees an advantage to treating the tumor directly from the inside. Then there's the surgical approach to consider.....it's overwhelming, I hope that you find clarity once the smoke clears, and you can make a decision based on facts, not fear- no regrets! Anyhow, my thoughts and prayers are with you and I hope for the best. FIGHT THIS THING TD!!! 
Awesome post! Great info! I love you
Very informative.

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Post  sanderson on 9/25/2019, 3:41 pm

@trolleydriver wrote:
@bluelacedredhead wrote: . . . If you have to have a diversion, then a drive to the Canadian Mississippi River and C.P. is a Great choice!
Thank you.  For our American friends the "Canadian Mississippi River" can be seen in a photo I posted yesterday.  Very Happy

CT Scan is now scheduled for tomorrow (Thursday).
Looks like a beautiful place. I found CT scan to be a nothing-burger. Just lie there. Very Happy

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Post  trolleydriver on 9/25/2019, 5:38 pm

@Yardslave wrote:Hi TD, I've been on vacation and catching up on the posts. Wow, this situation is one big "punch-in-the gut". I was a CT tech and the CT procedure is a piece of cake, so don't lose any sleep over that. That, and the bone scan, will help point you to the best possible approach to treatment. The radiation treatments are, for the most part not what they used to be. If you opt for that avenue of treatment, IMRT is the most precise way target the prostrate without the negative side effects of the past. Ask around to see if the radiation oncologist uses that particular modality, and if not where? Radioactive seed implants are also a consideration, but that's based on if the radiation oncologist sees an advantage to treating the tumor directly from the inside. Then there's the surgical approach to consider.....it's overwhelming, I hope that you find clarity once the smoke clears, and you can make a decision based on facts, not fear- no regrets! Anyhow, my thoughts and prayers are with you and I hope for the best. FIGHT THIS THING TD!!! 
Thank you for your post Yardslave. Not worried about the CT scan and the bone scan was easy. Just want to get the scans done so I can get to a decision. I know the radiation machines used at our hospital are state-of-the-art Elekta Linear Accelerators but not sure what the treatment delivery will be in my case. I've been assuming IMRT but need to ask the question. I am not a candidate for brachytherapy seed implants.

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Post  countrynaturals on 10/1/2019, 4:46 pm

Any news, TD? bounce
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Post  trolleydriver on 10/1/2019, 5:32 pm

@countrynaturals wrote:Any news, TD? bounce
The bone scan was mostly clear but there was something that needed further investigation so they did x-rays. Still waiting for results from the x-rays.  The CT scan was easy but still waiting for results.

Tomorrow (Wednesday) I go in for a radiation simulation and to get tattooed for treatment. On October 15th I will start radiation treatment (for 20 sessions). I will also start Androgen Deprivation Therapy this week (for 2 years).  Not looking forward to the side effects of these treatments but no choice if they will save my life.

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Post  Scorpio Rising on 10/1/2019, 9:44 pm

You are in my thoughts and prayers, TD, as well as your care team!
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Post  trolleydriver on 10/7/2019, 4:05 pm

Last Wednesday I started taking Androgen Deprivation Therapy (ADT) pills. On Sunday morning I ended up in the ER because if a rash caused by an allergic reaction to the pills. Both the ER doctor and my radiation oncologist advised me to stop taking the pills. I now have to start my ADT injections earlier than expected and will get the first one tommorow. Radiation Treatment (RT) starts on Tuesday Oct 15th.

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Post  countrynaturals on 10/7/2019, 4:34 pm

@trolleydriver wrote:Last Wednesday I started taking Androgen Deprivation Therapy (ADT) pills. On Sunday morning I ended up in the ER because if a rash caused by an allergic reaction to the pills. Both the ER doctor and my radiation oncologist advised me to stop taking the pills. I now have to start my ADT injections earlier than expected and will get the first one tommorow. Radiation Treatment (RT) starts on Tuesday Oct 15th.
OMG! TD, that's awful. I went through something similar before my ovarian tumor surgery. No fun! What helped get me through my ordeals was counting all the experiences I would never have to go through again. I'd play little head games with myself -- got through that one, and that one, and that one, etc. I know it's silly, but it helped make me feel like I was doing something, just by getting through it. uphill and win
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