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Old 03-13-2018, 06:12 AM
 
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Also, before putting down money, use Google Maps, but more importantly, BING to get aerial views of the property. We nearly purchased one 5-acre property after walking it in summer, but when we looked that the property from four views on Bing, we realized a large portion of it was under water during the spring thaw. That was never mentioned in the sellers data sheets...

Good luck!
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Old 03-13-2018, 08:02 PM
 
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I had prostate cancer four years ago, my prostate was removed, now the cancer has returned, last week we met with a radiation oncologist. We had a long conversation with him and we feel that he is very competent at his job. He explained to us the economics of why the costs are so high in his hospital. He is in a border city, they get a lot of medical tourism coming here from Canada. He is not allowed to turn any patient away, every patient seeking treatment must be treated. People come from across the border where they lack medical specialists, so they come here for treatment because we have the specialists. They also lack American insurance that can be billed. For every medical tourist they treat, the expense is carried over to patients with health insurance. As a US servicemember I have pretty good medical coverage, so I am not worried. But it was interesting to hear from him, why his clinic costs so much.

Healthcare can be very expensive. As you go into retirement you will need to find a method to pay for your medical care.

My pension is small. There are many fellow retirees who bring in a lot more money than I do. My budget works for me, largely because I have really good healthcare provided for me [so long as I stay far away from all military bases].

Hope you are doing well with your treatment. Thinking of you.
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Old 03-13-2018, 08:18 PM
 
Location: Forests of Maine
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Hope you are doing well with your treatment. Thinking of you.
Thank you.

I had a hormone shot last week. It needs to be active for 2 weeks before they can start the radiation. So for now, it is hot flashes, night sweats and emotions.

I am sure I will be fine. How I hate growing old.

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Old 03-14-2018, 03:03 PM
 
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Thank you.

I had a hormone shot last week. It needs to be active for 2 weeks before they can start the radiation. So for now, it is hot flashes, night sweats and emotions.

I am sure I will be fine. How I hate growing old.

My husband had his out in January 2015.

If I may ask, what were you symptoms signaling a return?

Husband PSA has gently gone up a bit. Personal urologist seems to think it may be a problem, VA still thinks he is cured.
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Old 03-14-2018, 03:19 PM
 
Location: Eastern Washington
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Thank you.

I had a hormone shot last week. It needs to be active for 2 weeks before they can start the radiation. So for now, it is hot flashes, night sweats and emotions.

I am sure I will be fine. How I hate growing old.

Good luck with all this. You are in my thoughts as well.

Not to play at being a doctor, but, I do know that proton therapy can be a good option with some cancers, the protons being charged, they can be focused better than gamma rays. A colleague's son developed a brain cancer and he got 8200 REM (!) of protons to that part of his brain over a few weeks of treatment, so far so good. Apparently the focusing is so sharp they could stay almost exclusively on the tumor, although he has had some side effects as you might expect.

(1000 REM to the whole body is generally fatal within minutes) (Ex-Navy Nukes know about all this)
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Old 03-14-2018, 03:22 PM
 
Location: Forests of Maine
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My husband had his out in January 2015.

If I may ask, what were you symptoms signaling a return?

Husband PSA has gently gone up a bit. Personal urologist seems to think it may be a problem, VA still thinks he is cured.
I tried to PM you, it says I can not access your inbox.

Get an annual PSA test.

Without a prostate and without any cancer the test should say <0.04 [only a urologist can order this detailed of a test]

Mine were <0.04 for a few years, then last year 0.05, and this year 0.1 [My PCP saw this test result and he was pleased with it. But he is thinking 'regular guy' PSA and not cancer patient looking at possible recidivism. ]
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Old 03-14-2018, 11:19 PM
 
Location: Washington state
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Also, before putting down money, use Google Maps, but more importantly, BING to get aerial views of the property. We nearly purchased one 5-acre property after walking it in summer, but when we looked that the property from four views on Bing, we realized a large portion of it was under water during the spring thaw. That was never mentioned in the sellers data sheets...

Good luck!
Thank you! Problem is, I went out to see a property which turned out not to be the right one. The agent selling it incorrectly put down the wrong one for sale. If I had seen the right one the first time, I would have 86'd it instantly. This is Washington, land of 10 million or more trees. In summer shots, there's no way to see through them on Google Earth. You could be hiding an army with a thousand elephants under those trees and no one would know. It's such a crap shoot anyway, since most land for sale around here doesn't even have addresses.
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Old 03-16-2018, 10:53 AM
 
Location: Cushing OK
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Thank you! Problem is, I went out to see a property which turned out not to be the right one. The agent selling it incorrectly put down the wrong one for sale. If I had seen the right one the first time, I would have 86'd it instantly. This is Washington, land of 10 million or more trees. In summer shots, there's no way to see through them on Google Earth. You could be hiding an army with a thousand elephants under those trees and no one would know. It's such a crap shoot anyway, since most land for sale around here doesn't even have addresses.
I'd love land covered with trees. I love the huge tree in my backyard, which shades half of it in the summer. But a solid privacy fence of trees would be the best.

It could be worse than all your trees too. Here, there are lots of areas with some trees, but mostly brush, and you provide the fence. And if you see one in an area which its unusual, check first to see if it doesn't have oil pipes a few feet under.

I'd love a place where the problem was too many green trees. And there's a 'rumble' under the ground which is making the house just slightly vibrate. Give me trees any day.
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Old 03-17-2018, 03:27 AM
 
Location: Washington state
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You may have them. I'm fed to the teeth with only being able to see as far as the next tree across the yard. I want to see rolling hills for miles and miles out to the horizon. Let's trade!
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Old 03-17-2018, 08:01 PM
 
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I tried to PM you, it says I can not access your inbox.

Get an annual PSA test.

Without a prostate and without any cancer the test should say <0.04 [only a urologist can order this detailed of a test]

Mine were <0.04 for a few years, then last year 0.05, and this year 0.1 [My PCP saw this test result and he was pleased with it. But he is thinking 'regular guy' PSA and not cancer patient looking at possible recidivism. ]
Sending you the best, Submariner. My 70 y.o. brother's prostate cancer returned in 2010 (he also originally had his prostate removed). He's been on hormone therapy since then (he knows all about hot flashes and other "fun" side effects!) and is still doing well 8 years later, with a currently undetectable PSA. I'm hoping your treatment is equally successful. Like you, his PSA started gradually creeping up some years after his prostatectomy. His oncologist knew right away that the cancer had likely returned.
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