Third Post-Surgery PSA Results

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JCL
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Date Joined Jul 2007
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   Posted 1/3/2008 9:54 AM (GMT -7)   
I received my third post-surgery PSA test results and I'm joyful and thankful to report that seven and a half months post op my PSA remains undetectable  :-) . Waiting for this result was a little more stressful that the past two since my blood was drawn on December 20th, and I had to wait until today to receive the results due to my urologist's office being closed four days over the holidays and staff taking vacation. Usually I have my results in about five days.
 
Looking back before surgery, I was under the fallacy that once the prosate was removed and if the pathology report stated the cancer was contained, there was really not much to worry about. It was guys who received alternative treatments that involved keeping the prostate that had to worry about the cancer coming back. I couldn't have been more wrong. Whatever treatment we choose, all of us have to worry about post treatment PSA results. We're all in the same boat, and I pray for all here to have undetectable PSAs.
Diagnosed: March 25, 2007
Biopsy: Gleason 6. Five of twelve core samples positive with <5% each. No perineural invasion seen.
Surgery: May 21, 2007
Post-op Pathology: Upgraded to Gleason 7 (3+4), negative margins, negative capsular penetration, negative seminal vesicles, lymph nodes left intact, multifocal perinural invasion, 15% of prosate involving cancer in both lobes.
Continence: Out of pads at five weeks. Seven months post-op I'm fully continent.
Erections: Yes! With the assistance of Cialis.
Post Surgery PSA: Three tests, all <0.1
Family history: My Father had his prostate removed at age 67 in 1997 and has had a <0.1 PSA for the past 10 years. I was diagnosed at a much earlier age and had a more agressive cancer than my father. Go figure.


biker90
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   Posted 1/3/2008 10:02 AM (GMT -7)   
Hey JCL,

Great news!! We do love those zeros.

You are right about the ongoing vigilance required in this journey. But getting an undetectable return is just one more reason to celebrate. And we survivors do celebrate...

Jim
Age 73. Diagnosed 11/03/06. PSA 7.05. Stage T2C Gleason 3+3.
RRP 12/7/06. Nerves and nodes okay.
Catheter out on 12/13/06.  Dry on 12/14/06.
Pathological stage: T2C. Gleason 3+4. Cancer confined to prostate.
PSAs from  1/3/07 - 10/17/07 0.00. 
Next PSA test on 1/15/08
 
"Patience is essential, attitude is everything."
 


Doting Daughter
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   Posted 1/3/2008 11:30 AM (GMT -7)   

Great post and congrats!

You are so right about not turning our back on Cancer.  No matter what the path report...we always will have to sleep with one eye open, but definitely celebrate the milestones! 

Cheers to you and enjoy those zeros!!! 


Father's Information
DX July 15, 2007
Age 62 (now 63)
PSA 5.5
Original Gleason 3+4=7 
Post Surgery Gleason- 4+3=7
DaVinci Surgery Aug 31, 2007
Focally Positive Right Margin
One positive node
Bone Scan/CT Negative (Sept. 10, 2007)
T3a N1 M0
Oct. 17 PSA 0.07
Nov. 13 PSA 0.05
Casodex adm. Nov 07
Lupon beg. Dec 03, 2007 2 yr
Radiation soon to follow
 
 


Michael's Wife
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   Posted 1/3/2008 12:25 PM (GMT -7)   
Great news!! (And you are so right; it's just as easy to miss a stray cell with a scalpel.)


Husband: Age 58
Stage: T1c
Gleason: 6 (3+3)
PSA: 4.4
Biopsy: 12 samples, Adenocarcinoma involving 3 cores, right side only (95%, 90%, 30%, discontinuously)

Pre-op prostate study - November 13
Brachytherapy - December 12, 2007


norskie
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Total Posts : 376
   Posted 1/3/2008 12:37 PM (GMT -7)   
JCL

Great news and keep getting those "0's". Yes you are right about always keeping a watchful eye, my results were very simular as I near the 1 year mark of my surgery, at 3 and 6 month PSA tests my level was <.1 and at 10 months it blimped up to .2 so I am in for another test in a couple of weeks to see if it was a fluke result for some reason of if in fact one of those nasty cells survied at which point I will need some additional treatment.
Good luck with all future tests and may they never creep above .1

Norskie
norskie
Age 49, PSA 6.22 on 9-26-06
Biopsy 11-01-06, 2 of 13 cores 10% cancer, 2 other cores abnormal Up-dated 20% prostate cancerous
Gleason score 3+3=6 After Pathology report 3+4=7 a couple agressive Grade 5 cells found
Da Vinci surgery 01-09-07 UW Madison
Pathology Report- cancer 100 % capsual contained 1-18-07
Catheter removed 1-18-07 suffered bladder spasms Catheter reattached 1-18-07 Catheter removed 2nd time 1-24-07
1st Post PSA Blood Test 3-22-07 <.1 Undetectable
2nd Post PSA Blood Test 7/5/07 <.1 Undetectable
3nd Post PSA Blood Test 11-12-07 .2 monitoring
Next Post PSA Blood Test Scheduled for 1-17-08
Incontenence-Pad free since end of May 07 4 1/2 months post surgery 
ED back to 95% prior to surgery - no medication required.


JCL
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Date Joined Jul 2007
Total Posts : 242
   Posted 1/3/2008 1:05 PM (GMT -7)   
Hoping all the best and that you pull a 0, Norskie.

Diagnosed: March 25, 2007
Biopsy: Gleason 6. Five of twelve core samples positive with <5% each. No perineural invasion seen.
Surgery: May 21, 2007
Post-op Pathology: Upgraded to Gleason 7 (3+4), negative margins, negative capsular penetration, negative seminal vesicles, lymph nodes left intact, multifocal perinural invasion, 15% of prosate involving cancer in both lobes.
Continence: Out of pads at five weeks. Seven months post-op I'm fully continent.
Erections: Yes! With the assistance of Cialis.
Post Surgery PSA: Three tests, all <0.1
Family history: My Father had his prostate removed at age 67 in 1997 and has had a <0.1 PSA for the past 10 years. I was diagnosed at a much earlier age and had a more agressive cancer than my father. Go figure.


myman
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   Posted 1/3/2008 3:02 PM (GMT -7)   
JCL - How great is that!!!


Norski - the waiting is hard and I hold good thoughts for you.


The term Watchful Waiting is used when one decides to not take the usual prescribed methods of treating pc and vigilantly wait for symptoms show. I think all who have dealt with pc, no matter what measures have been taken are Watchful Waiters. Ever vigilant.

All the best to you,
Susan
Husband Diagnosed 11/17/05 Age: 63 No Symptoms
PSA: 7.96, Positive DRE
Biopsy Right: 6 of 6 Cores Positive Biopsy Left: 1 of 6 Cores Positive
Gleason: 4+3 = 7 Stage: T2B N0 MX
3 mo. PSA Post LRP Surgery: 11.8, 12.9, 13.9 Bone scan, CT scan, Endorectal MRI, Chest XR - neg.
09/06/06: 6 mo. PSA: 18.8 Distant lymph node involvement Start HT Lupron 3 mo. shots
12/06/06: PSA 0.8
03/07/07: PSA 0.3
06/06/07: PSA 0.1
09/05/07: PSA 0.1
11/27/07: PSA 0.1


Tim G
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   Posted 1/3/2008 9:40 PM (GMT -7)   
Hip, hip hooray! \O/ \O/ \O/

May all your PSAs continue to be non-detectable!
Age 59 PSA 2.6 (PSA velocity--quadrupled in 1yr) 
Bilateral nerve-sparing open RRP 6/21/06  Gleason 5
Cancer confined to prostate, post-op PSA's non-detectable


StrictlyInc
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Date Joined Dec 2006
Total Posts : 353
   Posted 1/12/2008 2:07 AM (GMT -7)   
Congratulations on the great results! Many more in the future!
____________________

Prostate cancer diagnosed: May 15, 2006 (age 40)
Gleason score: pre-surgery 3+3=6; post-surgery 3+4=7
daVinci radical prostatectomy: July 25, 2006
size of tumor: approx 1.1 inches; negative margins from surgery

- number of pads/day at 3 months after surgery: 3 to 5
- number of pads/day at 4 months after surgery: 1 to 2
- number of pads/day at 6-12 months after surgery: 0 to 1

- 1st post-surgery PSA: 0 (Nov 2006); 2nd post-surgery PSA: 0 (Feb 2007)
- 3rd post-surgery PSA: 0 (May 2007); 4th post-surgery PSA: 0 (June 2007); 5th post-surgery PSA: 0

The search for timber: took Viagra/Cialis approx. every other day, ErecAid once a day, injections. Peyronie's diagnosed 7/5/07. Now on daily Cialis, L-arginine and pentoxyfylline. Peyronies has stabilized and significantly reversed.

- PGE1 batting average: .364 (4 for 11)
- Bimix batting average: .545 (6 for 11)
- Trimix batting average: .500 (1 for 2)

"Lost in the valley without my horses, no one can tell me what my remorse is..."

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