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   Posted 1/8/2008 8:02 PM (GMT -6)   
Just had my third PSA taken since surgery 14 months ago and it came back undetectable.  I thought that my urologist was going to extend my checks out to a year but he wanted to keep it at six months for now.  I believe that he wanted me back in six months to see how the ED is doing.  In the last couple of months I have had some good improvement with ED.  I am able to get about a 50% erection without any assistance.  I started trying Levitra about a month ago and with it I can get about 70%.  Not enough for penetration.  I also can only get it standing up and not laying down.   I continue to use Bimix injections.  I queried my urologist about penile implants.  Not that I plan on going that direction but I just was looking at the future.  His response was that if at this time I did not have any erectile reponse then he would be recommending penile implants.  He believes that I will continue to get more erectile response.  He also gave me a script for Cialis.  He said that I should try all three since the Levitra has done better then Viagra.  I am looking forward to the next couple of months now with this latest improvement.
Diagnosed 7/6/06, 1 of 10 core samples, 40%,Stage T1c, Gleason 3+3
Da Vinci on 11/01/06, Catheter out on 11/13/06
56 Years Old
Post Op Path, Gleason 3+3, Approx. 5% of prostate involved
Prostate Confined, margins clear
Undetectable PSA on 12/18/06, 6/25/07, 1/8/08
No more pads as of 1/13/07
Began injections in April '07

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   Posted 1/8/2008 9:13 PM (GMT -6)   
Hey Tamu,

Great news on the PSA. I had my 13 month blood draw today and will get results on the 17th. And I am hoping to go on 6 month intervals now. My doc said I would do that for 2 years. I still get jittery at PSA time. That will probably not change.

I can almost get enough erection for sex with Viagra and L-Arginine but still use Trimix when things get serious. At least there is still progress so hope springs eternal...

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."

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   Posted 1/8/2008 10:20 PM (GMT -6)   

Great news on the PSA front, hopefully you never experience anything but the big goose egg in the future also.

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.

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   Posted 1/9/2008 12:06 AM (GMT -6)   
Great news, Tamu! Keep those zeros coming. I, too, make slow progress on the ED front, after surgery 7 months ago. I get maybe 40% without assistance and about 75% with viagra. Still waiting for the spontaneous erection.
60 years old
Dx March 2007
Pre-Surgery Gleason 3+3 = 6
Clinical Stage: T1c
Biopsy: 1 in 10 positive
Da Vinci: June 7, 2007 
Post-Surgery Gleason 3+3 = 6
   Clear at margins
First Post-PSA Sept 07 = <.01 (Hooray!!)

Tim G
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   Posted 1/9/2008 1:17 AM (GMT -6)   
Congrats on the great PSA result \O/ \O/ \O/.  Glad to read that others get anxious around PSA test time.  Me too!
Take care and hang in there...Tim
Age 59 PSA 2.6 (PSA velocity--quadrupled in 1yr) 1 of 12 biopsy cores positive
Bilateral nerve-sparing open RRP 6/21/06  Gleason 5
Cancer confined to prostate, post-op PSA's non-detectable

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Date Joined Oct 2006
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   Posted 1/9/2008 1:37 AM (GMT -6)   
Great news on the PSA front!..........Congratulations. The jitters before the PSA test results are quite common. I'm going for my 5th test in March and don't look forward to the few days just before. It took me the better part of 12 month to get over my ED with the help of a bit of sildenafil.
Anyway, hope the zeros will follow you for the rest of your days.

Born Sept., 1936
PSA 7.9
Stage T1C
-ve DRE
Gleason's Score 3+4=7
2 of 8 positive
Open RP 28 Nov 06
Post op staging T3
Gleasons still 3+4=7
Seminal vesicles and lymph nodes clear
Catheter out 15 Dec 06
Dry since 11 Feb 07
All PSA tests in 2007 (4) = 0

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   Posted 1/9/2008 7:03 PM (GMT -6)   
Yay Tamu!  tongue


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3 Goose Eggs!!!  Congratulations!


Best wishes to you for many more to come!



Pete trips again!
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   Posted 1/9/2008 7:25 PM (GMT -6)   
Hey Tamu, you old rascal, another eggy eh? Thats great! Geez, its been a year and a half since your surgery? Time flys when your having a such a good time! Before you know it, it will be 5 years then 10 and we will all still be here talking about our goose embrios! Sorry I haven't been around in a while, I'm trying to change that and get back into posting and make everyone deal with my bad smelling again! Opps, bad spelling, I think! Well, you hang in there, keep the faith and keep taking those little pills! Soon enough your not so good friend ED will just be a bad memory!
Your old friend,
54 years old, Surgury, Radical Prostatectomy 8/20/03, PSA 6.6, Gleason 3 + 3 = 6, Adenocarcinoma extent (moderate) Stage & Margin:T2NOMX, No Metastases, Organ Confined, bone scan: Neg. Testosterone Theropy since 12/06. I am's what I am and that's all that I am!!! 

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   Posted 1/9/2008 7:28 PM (GMT -6)   

  tongue   Yea!! Tamu,

 3rd PSA  !!!~~~>>>  Woo~Hoo <<<~~~!!! undetectable


Cause for celebration!!!!!  Definitely!!!

What a wonderful day it is ~ each and every-day….   

Enjoy it to the fullest. 


In Friendship ~ Lee & Buddy

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:-) Hey ~ Tamu, 

Our urologist insist on 3 month check initially, followed by regular 6 month PSA testing ... The reason.... they get undetectables several times and then they get complacent and forget to get checked!….  So ~ we go to our family physician for blood work and they fax it to our urologist.  We will see him on a yearly bases…  We are happy to keep this schedule.  Just thought I’d share this.  It’s great to hear from you!!!!

Keeping you close ~ In Friendship ~ Lee & Buddy


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April 3, 2006  53 on surgery day

RRP / Radical Retropubic Prostatectomy

PSA 4.6   Gleason  3+3=6    T2a   Confined to Prostate

3rd PSA 08-07-2007 Less than 0.1 Non-Detectable :)

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   Posted 1/9/2008 8:23 PM (GMT -6)   
Congratulations, my old friend (who helped me so much). Great!


August of 2006, PSA up to 4.2 from 2.7 one year ago. 
October free and total PSA 12% free and 5.0 total.
A month, or so later, 4.7.
Late in the year decide on Image Guided IMRT.
Begin 43 treatments on January 23, 2007 and finish on March 23.
Four month post treatment PSA is 1.9.
Seven month PSA is 0.8.

Cedar Chopper
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Date Joined Mar 2007
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   Posted 1/10/2008 5:47 AM (GMT -6)   
(Oops.  Sorry Tamu.  That typo must be Pete's "I yam" influence.
  You do not resemble an orca.  Not in the least.....
   Well maybe around the eyelashes....  ;->  )

Your experience and insight are so valuable  and much appreciated here.

May only zeros come your way as we reach for that
"Cheap & easy and no-side-effect cure for all cancer, now."


May God's Love be with you, all-ways - in the Son......


2 Years of PSA between 4 and 5.5  + Biopsy 23DEC06 
Only 5 percent cancer in one of 8 samples.  +  Gleeson 3+3=6
Radical Prostatectomy 16FEB07 at age 54.
1+" tumor - touching inside edge of gland.  + Confined:)
Pad Free @ 14 weeks.  Six Month PSA <.003  :)
Nine month PSA <.008
At 9 months, ED treated with Pump Exercises & 100mg Viagra Daily
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   Posted 1/10/2008 8:53 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanks everyone. Yes, I do get anxious waiting on that phone call. The improvement in my ED has given me a little more bounce in my step these days. Glad to hear many others are having improvement also.

Diagnosed 7/6/06, 1 of 10 core samples, 40%,Stage T1c, Gleason 3+3
Da Vinci on 11/01/06, Catheter out on 11/13/06
56 Years Old
Post Op Path, Gleason 3+3, Approx. 5% of prostate involved
Prostate Confined, margins clear
Undetectable PSA on 12/18/06, 6/25/07, 1/8/08
No more pads as of 1/13/07
Began injections in April '07

Tony Crispino
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   Posted 1/10/2008 12:29 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Tamu,
Congrats, and well done. Stay healthy! And great job on the bounce also.

Age 45 (44 when Dx)
Pre-op PSA was 19.8
Surgery on Feb 16, 2007
Post-Op Pathology was poor: Gleason 4+3=7, 4 positive margins, Stage pT3b (Stage III)
HT began in May, '07 with Lupron and Casodex 50mg
IMRT radiation for 38 Treatments ending August 3, '07
My PSA did drop out after surgery to undetectable.  It has not returned and I will continue HT until January '08.
My Life is supported very well by family and friends like you all.
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   Posted 1/10/2008 4:03 PM (GMT -6)   
Nice way to begin a new year!


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   Posted 1/10/2008 4:48 PM (GMT -6)   
woo hoo!

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   Posted 1/10/2008 10:58 PM (GMT -6)   
TAMU!!!!! KEEP DEM ZEROS COMIN'!!!! So happy for you.

D.O.B - 8/9/52

PSA: First ever was 9.8 in late Oct. ‘06, two weeks later, 10.1

DRE: Negative

Biopsy results 11/22/06.  Both lobes involved.  Six out of eight cores positive - from 100 percent to 90, to 60, to 50, two 20s and two zeros.

Gleason 3+3 = 6

Da Vinci Robotic RP surgery, City of Hope, Jan 12, 2007

Post surgery pathology – Organ confined, Gleason still 6, margins clear.  Volume of tumor much less than biopsy suggested.  12 percent overall.

First post-surgery PSA -- Undetectable, 2/20/07

Second post-surgery PSA -- Undetectable, 9/11/07

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