Roger Cory

Roger Cory- TCPSG (Tacoma Prostate Cancer Support Group)

With my family history of prostate cancer (my dad, younger brother and uncle) and as an aviator in the USAF I was dedicated to getting an annual physical to include a PSA blood test and a DRE.

In 1997 my PSA showed a slight elevation. A resultant biopsy showed no sign of cancer.  There were only 6 samples taken. In my mind I am convinced I probably had cancer at that time, but it went undetected.

In 2001 my PSA reached 5.5.  A biopsy with 6 samples resulted in a diagnosis of PCa by Dr. Modarelli on October 4, 2001. The Gleason was 3+3 for a 6.  Adenocarcinoma was found in the right side in one core.  There was no evidence of perineural invasion.

I had been doing research since the original concern in 1997 and had read the Andy Grove article in Fortune magazine on his brachytherapy treatment, Dr. Patrick Walsh’s book “Guide to Surviving Prostate Cancer” and exchanged emails with author Joe Lintzenich who wrote “Oh No, Not Me”. He was a patient of Dr. Catalona in St. Louis. Dr. Catalona also performed the surgery on my brother and was a protégé of Dr. Walsh.

Dr. Modarelli recommended surgery, but suggested I meet with Dr. Haakon Ragde who had performed over 3000 brachtherapy procedures. He believed I was a good candidate.  I decided to have that procedure and it was performed on January 17, 2002 at Northwest Hospital in Seattle.

I had a 152 seeds implanted. I experienced some issues with urinary tract infection and subsequently had to have a TURP (Trans-Urethral Resection Procedure) in April 2002.  I continued to experience urinary issues including urgency for some time.  This was ultimately corrected with exercise and medication.

I continued to have quarterly PSA tests.  In October of 2007 the PSA was starting to slowly rise from a sub 1.0 reading to 1.63 in June of 05, 3.83 in July of 06, 4.4 in Feb of 07, to 6.92 in July of 07.  With this increase I had a biopsy in October of 2007, which showed no sign of PCa.

A prostascint scan in October 25 found a suspicious 9 mm in the right external iliac node.  Having been diagnosed with recurrent PCa by Dr. Finnerty and after meeting with Michael J. McDonough, Oncologist, radiation treatment was ruled out as a viable treatment. I was placed on an intermittent androgen deprivation (Lupron) program in November of 2007.

My treatments have effectively kept the PSA below 4 where it drops dramatically i.e. below 1.0 after each treatment.  I continue to be active, playing golf at least once a week (weather permitting) and an exercise routine of walking and light weight work.

I continue to be vulnerable to UTI (Urinary Tract Infections) and though not suffering from incontinence I cannot go longer than 1 1/2 hours between voiding and get up between 3-4 times per night.

I live with a positive attitude, belief in God and cherishing time with family and friends.

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