Friday, February 15, 2013

Prostate Update

Waiting for the doctor this afternoon

There is no easy way around this folks.  I saw my urologist this afternoon for the results of my prostate biopsy.  I do have prostate cancer.

On a scale of one to ten, I'm a six.  He said "we caught this early and we can beat this." He strongly suggested that I undergo radiation therapy which I have decided to do.  

How do I feel about this?  Stunned.  

Am I upset?  I can't tell at this time.  I think I knew in my deepest recesses that there was something wrong.  I've had a good run at 71 years of age.  He said at my age if I do nothing I would probably have another ten years.  I think I'll go for more.  I always did want to be the first Tipton since the first Tipton (Jonathan Tipton who reached this country in the 1670's to reach one hundred years of age.)



At times like this the first thing I think of is "it could be a lot worse."  And it could folks.  I think of all the other horrible cancers and illnesses that afflict people and I guess if I'm going to get a cancer, this is the one to get.  

So now what I do is take the next step which is to await the call from the doctor at the cancer radiation center to set up a schedule for my radiation treatments.  This is one of those "just get through it times."  And I will get through it folks.  I'm not finished yet.  I still have a lot of input in this world.  I'm not going that easily.


Bill on the phone (far left) telling his friend who went through a similar procedure last year

46 comments:

  1. I'm sure you'll be fine but I'll keep you in my thoughts anyway.

    I may have missed it but do you know which type of radiation treatment?

    How's Bill doing?

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    1. Sean,

      I haven't talked to the radiation doctor yet. I didn't know there were different types of radiation. Lots to learn here. How's Bill doing? Not good. He always takes these things worse than I do. I accept them and get on with it. Bill worries.

      Ron

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  2. Ron, I am so sorry to hear about your cancer news. You will get through this.

    A distant relative had the radioactive "seeds" (brachytherapy ) for his prostate cancer about eight years ago at the age of 62. He sailed through the treatment with virtually no symptoms and his PSA level has been at zero for many years.

    I wish you and Bill all the best.

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    1. Buddy bear,

      Thanks for your well wishes. Sean (The Jeep Guy) asked what kind of radiation therapy I was taking. Now I know, either the seed or the other. I don't know what they're recommending because I haven't talked to the doctor yet. I just got the news this afternoon.

      I've talked to other guys who have went through both kinds of radiation with success. I feel positive about this.

      Thanks again,

      Ron

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  3. oh sweet mother of pearl! kick cancer in the ass, ron! as a cancer survivor (24 years now), a positive attitude will guide you through. {{{{{hugs}}}}} to bill. but yeah, the news DOES tend to pull you up by the short and curlies.

    and you just GOTTA be OK for the spo-a-rama-lama-ding-dong; try NOT to start radiation until after march 24, k?

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    1. Anne Marie,

      I've talked to a lot of prostate cancer survivors. I feel positive about the outcome. Congratulations to you on 24 years of survival! I'll be alright for the Spo-rama-ding-a-long. Don't worry about me. In fact after my visit with the doctor I stopped in the hotel and went over the seating and table arrangements with our events coordinator.

      Ron

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  4. I gasped as I read the news!
    Do get a second opinion. Someone commented not long ago to have the surgery done ? Do you remember? I
    think it was a university name. You need to go where they do hundreds of surgeries and radiation.
    I am so sorry Ron but you will live to 100. Just like losing our eyesight in our 40's, prostate cancer is not rare.
    Caught in time for sure. I know in my heart that everything will be OK.

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    1. Nadege,

      I've explored all the options. I'm going to check with the doctor first about radiation and see what's involved. There are two types of radiation therapy. Those guys I've talked to have went through it and are now cancer free. I feel positive about this Nadege. Thanks for your concern. I was hesitant about posting anything about this but this is my life and everything is on board.

      Ron

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  5. Best wishes, Ron, for a solid recovery.

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    1. Thank you Geo. After talking to my doctor, I feel positive about the prospects for a full recovery.

      Ron

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    2. Anonymous7:23 PM

      Ron, I am so sorry to hear of your cancer. Mt thoughts and prayers are with you. I really enjoy your blog. Susan

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    3. Susan,

      Thank you for your concern. I am glad you enjoy my blog. As you can see, I post just about everything, the good and bad. My blog really is my therapy.

      Ron

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  6. Ron: I was thinking about you all day. I am so sorry to hear the bad news. My Mom and my older sister are both breast cancer survivors. Mom beat it 25 years ago. My sister beat it 12 years ago. Early detection seems to be the key.

    We're glad you posted about it. If you didn't posted, how would we ever be able to come alongside you? We'll talk soon.

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    1. Sean,

      My doctor did say that this cancer was caught early and he seemed very positive that I can "beat it" as he said . I feel confident too. Thank you for your concern.

      Ron

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  7. Ron,

    It's nearly 9:30. I just read your post. That's the problem with being under the weather, i haven't been on line much. If I'd known earlier I would have called. To be honest, I really was expecting a negative result. I'm here for anything you need (except my Scrooge McDuck Comics). You'll do well now that you know what you have.

    Lar

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    1. Lar,

      I really wasn't expecting this outcome either. Now I have to make a decision as to what kind of treatment. I need to talk to several people I know who went through this. Keep those Scrooge McDuck comics handy though.

      Ron

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  8. God, Ron. I am so sorry to hear this news. I am glad that you are a fighter, and have a positive attitude. Those traits help a LOT.

    I've heard good things about cancer treatments for prostate cancer these days. I am sure the doctor will use state-of-the-art protocols, and the outcome will be great!

    I will keep you and Bill in my prayers.

    Peace <3
    Jay

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    1. Jay,

      Thank you for your support. I talked to my neighbor this morning who underwent radiation therapy last summer with the same oncologist that I will be using. He's doing fine now. So all I have to do to just get through this which I will. This is life.

      Ron

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  9. Ron, I've known several people who have gone through this and all of them had successful results (including one of my uncles, who is now 85).
    Thankfully, it was discovered early. Your positive attitude will be a major factor in your recovery. Hang in there. You're always in my thoughts.

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    1. Jon,

      What kind of treatment did your uncle have? I'm surveying now trying to decide on what treatment is best for my situation.

      Thank you so much for your support. It is much appreciated.

      Ron

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  10. Sorry to hear this, Ron, but I'm sure the doctor is right and catching it early is on your side. Thinking of you fondly. If I can help in any way let me know... I'm nearby.

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    1. Mark,

      The important thing is that I did catch it early. Now to make a decision as to what kind of treatment. All of them have drawbacks. I have to decide which are the lessor evils. This is life isn't it?

      Thank you for your support. It is much appreciated at a time like this.

      Ron

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  11. Sending good thoughts your way. Your confidence is inspiring! There's only one way to go: forward. Watch out, 100!

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    1. Walt,

      Thank you for your support. You're right, there is only one way...to go forward. Now to make the decision as to what kind of treatment. All have drawbacks. This won't be easy but this is life isn't it?

      Ron

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  12. Anonymous3:04 AM

    Ron, I am so sorry to hear that you have to go through radiation. I will be praying for you. Lynne

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    1. Lynne,

      Thank you for your support Lynne. My only decision now is what kind of radiation. And here I thought I was done with doctors for a while.

      Ron

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  13. Just remember this: "we caught this early and we can beat this."
    That's from a doctor.
    And then, add to that, all the good thoughts and positive energy that we'll be sending your way!

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    1. Bob,

      Talked to my neighbor this morning who went through the radiation treatment for his prostate cancer last summer. I will be using the same oncologist. I feel more comfortable now about choosing radiation treatment. Another plus is that I'm a stage 3 whereas he was stage 6 which is worse. I'll get through this.

      I appreciate your positive energy.

      Ron

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  14. As the doctor said "We caught this early and we can beat this" and you will Ron Tipton! You are in my thoughts and prayers.

    A. Green

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    1. Arleen,

      This morning I talked to my neighbor who underwent radiation therapy last summer for his prostate cancer. I'll be using the same oncologist. I feel more comfortable now with what I have to do.

      Thank you for your support. It is much appreciated.

      Ron

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  15. So sorry the news wasn't better. But many, many men get through this just fine with radiation. The odds are you'll be fine.

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    1. The Geezers,

      I am doing a lot of research because I want to choose the best option for me. After talking to several men who had different treatments I am leaning towards removing my prostate gland with robotic surgery. I will make an appointment at Johns Hopkins Medical in Baltimore to see what my options are.

      Thank you for your support and concern.

      Ron

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  16. ron, i will join the chorus of readers expressing support and encouragement to you for this bit of disappointing news. if anyone has the right attitude to face cancer, it would be you, and i think you have been wise to "think about the possibility" for so long. you have a practical view of this that will take you far in your choices for treatment. i wish you the very best in that path. -tony

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    1. Tony,

      So much to consider. At first I was going to go with my urologist's recommendation and get radiation but after talking to my neighbor who had radiation and another man who had his prostate removed, I think I'll go with the robotic surgery to just have my prostate removed. Less chance of complications. I am being very careful here and will seek the best solution, probably at Johns Hopkins Medical in Baltimore.

      Thank you for your concern and support. I appreciate it.

      Ron

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  17. Anonymous2:03 PM

    Hi Ron,

    So sorry about your diagnosis. My uncle had the radioactive seeds implanted in his prostate & had wonderful results. He kept up a daily regimen of walking daily & eating healthy & he beat the cancer. He's in his 80's now & a picture of health. My wishes for you are the same outcome. Tell Bill no negative thoughts allowed. Stay positive!!

    Fran

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    1. Anonymous,

      I am giving a lot of thought to what kind of treatment I will take. Radioactive seeds are my last option now. I was going to do radiation but after talking to several men who had different treatments I think I'm going to explore getting robotic surgery to just remove my prostate. Thank you for your encouragement and support. I appreciate it.

      Ron

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  18. Anonymous4:10 PM

    Ron,

    I was out of touch yesterday and yours was the first blog I checked when I got home. While this is not the news I was hoping to hear, I know you are the man to get rid of it! A very good friend I worked with is still going strong 10 years later, even out in a boat fishing and bringing in crab with our former boss. He had localized radiation, and while it made him very tired towards the end he is still cancer free! I want to say he worked part time through all but the last few weeks. Saying that I hope you will take it easy durning treatment.

    If there is anything I can do let me know,

    Cindy from Sonoma

    PS...Tell Bill I said to try and not worry to much!

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    1. Cindy,

      I giving a lot of thought to what kind of treatment I will take. I'm now leaning towards just having my prostate removed. I am getting a second opinion at Johns Hopkins. Thank you for your support.

      Ron

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  19. Hey Ron: I talked to my friend Larry about his surgery. I sent you some e-mail with more information. He's willing to help get any information you want.

    I tried to call you on FaceTime a few times. Hopefully you're out enjoying yourself. You have a lot on your mind, so I won't make a pest of myself.
    You know how to reach me. Take care!

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    1. Sean,

      Thank you for your concern. Right now I have a lot on my mind plus I have a bad head cold. I'm all congested and feeling really down now. I was out this morning doing errands and then sleeping most of the afternoon. Still feeling lousy. Hope I feel better by the time I go back to work on Tuesday.

      Thank you for your concern Sean.

      Ron

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  20. Anonymous3:56 PM

    Ron.

    I stumbled across your blog here from the UK some months ago. I've read it every day since.

    From personal experience, with cancer, have the whole thing removed, get back to health and march onwards.

    It's scary but life always tests people. You know in your mind and in your heart you can do this.

    Best wishes

    Jay. (Another one, but female!)

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    1. Jay,

      After more research, thought and discussion with other men who have had prostate cancer I have 99% decided to have my prostate taken out. First I'm going to get a second opinion just to make sure that I have prostate cancer. My cousin Steve Tipton was diagnosed with prostate cancer and was preparing to have his prostate removed but got a second opinion and it turned out he didn't have prostate cancer. I know the chances are slim that I don't have prostate cancer but I'm going to get a second opinion anyway then if it is confirmed that I have cancer, I will take the steps to have it removed and be done with it.

      Thank you for your concern. Yes, life is a test.

      Ron

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  21. Terrible news, Ron. I'm really surprised to hear it. I thought for sure they'd tell you differently. But now that you know you can adjust your life to fight it. Please know that I have three men in my family who've all been diagnosed with it (early like you) and all had radiation, and all are well now. Hoping for the best for you now and always.

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    1. Cubby,

      I think now that I will go with the radiation treatment. I just don't want to take the chance of being incontinent for any length of time. Thank you for your concern.

      Ron

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  22. I've been away for a week, and one of my first tasks was finding what was the news. I want to join the conga line of condolences. After the emotions settle down, I am sure you will do the best decision for you. Hugz.

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    1. Thank you Dr. Spo. I wasn't expecting this outcome but I will deal with it.

      Ron

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