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Date Joined Apr 2007
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   Posted 1/29/2008 9:13 PM (GMT -6)   
Well guys, it has been a year since I found out I had prostate canceron January 29th 2007.  The time really went slow until I had my surgery on May 30th.  Since then it has flown by.  I guess I concentrated on work and my first grandson to get my mind off things.  My psa's have been less than 0.1 and I consider myself very fortunate.  I know there are other guys out there not as lucky, and I am constantly thinking and praying for you.  Good luck to everyone out there and keep in touch.

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Date Joined Sep 2006
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   Posted 1/29/2008 9:24 PM (GMT -6)   

Way to go, my friend.  I am thrilled for you.  How's that kid of yours doing aviation-wise?  In case you didn't know, Mika Jr. got his commercial, multi-engine, and instrument ratings and is flying some fine business aircraft around the skies. 

I have met Mika, his bride and his son.  I would rather that we didn't have cause to meet, but since we did, it's a great experience to meet such high quality human beings. 

Good on ya' my friend.


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.

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Date Joined Nov 2006
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   Posted 1/29/2008 9:24 PM (GMT -6)   
Hey Mika,

Congrats on a year of big changes - hopefully all for the better. We are all so lucky to have the support of our families and the great people here on the forum. Where would we be without each other...

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 N0 MX. Gleason 3+4.
PSAs from  1/3/07 - 1/17/08 0.00. 
Next PSA test on 7/17/08
"Patience is essential, attitude is everything."

Tim G
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Date Joined Jul 2006
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   Posted 1/29/2008 10:12 PM (GMT -6)   
Congratulations on hitting the one-year mark, Mika.  My wife and I use these milestones as an opportunity to celebrate.  The time between my first increased PSA and diagnosis was three months, then it was another four months until I had surgery.  Time went by slower than in a laundromat.   Take care and hang in there...Tim

Age 59 PSA 2.6 PSA velocity quadrupled in 1 yr 
1 of 12 biopsy cores positive (5% involvement) Open RP 6/21/06  Gleason 5
Cancer confined to prostate  Post-op PSA's non-detectable

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Date Joined Feb 2007
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   Posted 1/29/2008 10:27 PM (GMT -6)   

You ARE very fortunate and it's a great feeling to realize that, isn't it?

Nothing like your a grandchild to keep your mind busy...Don is fortunate too, in that our little granddaughter has been very much a part of our lives.

Bless you Mika and continued good health,
Husband Diagnosed 11/17/05 Age: 63 PSA: 7.96 No Symptoms
2/09/06: LRP - Post Pathology - Gleason 4+3 Stage T2b NO MX
3 mo. PSA: 11.8 Stage T3a
6 mo. PSA: 18.8 Stage IV Systemic w/ 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

Big one
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Date Joined Jan 2008
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   Posted 1/30/2008 6:24 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Mika,
Congratulations!  Thanks for mentionning how time is relative. We are at the beginning at the ride and wonder when we start breathing again. But at the same time, I know it could be so much worse. That makes you appreciate your old partner! Enjoy life at any speed.

Mo & Lili in Ohio
Age 57
Prostate size 116 grams !!
Diagnosed 1/25/08 , DRE negatif, PSA 5.7
Gleason 3+3
3 out of 12 samples 10%, 20%, 40%.
Bone scan and cat scan to come

Pete trips again!
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   Posted 1/30/2008 7:02 AM (GMT -6)   


Ain't life grand?? If we had never developed PC, we would never have met each other and never realized our potential as giving, caring individuals. We would be just loping along through life thinking, "Oh that poor ****** got PC but that's never gona happen to me!" We have all changed for the better, in ways that the rest of the world could never understand. God bless you and Congrads on the 1st of many years my friend!

Your 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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Date Joined Feb 2007
Total Posts : 122
   Posted 1/30/2008 7:11 AM (GMT -6)   
The 29th of 2007 was the day I also found out I has pc .yesterday I got the results of my lastest psa ,surgery last april radiation last fall psa dropped from 0.28 last august to 0.1 now Dr said it is going the right way

50 years old
gleason 3+4=7 psa5.8 clinical stageT3a
Da vinci surgery April10 2007 Mayo clinic Rochester, Mn.
extraprostatic extension Gleason -same
pelvic lymph nodes -negative
Catheter out April 19
37 treatments IMRT ended 10/26/07

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Date Joined Apr 2007
Total Posts : 823
   Posted 1/31/2008 10:19 PM (GMT -6)   

Hi everyone.  I am so glad I can count everyone here as my friends.  God bless you all.



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Date Joined Jul 2007
Total Posts : 242
   Posted 2/1/2008 8:13 AM (GMT -6)   

Hi, Mika.

I’m coming up soon on my one year anniversary of being diagnosed too. What a year it’s been. Yes, we've all changed but I believe we've all become stronger and better men for having gone through the PC experience. We are a special group. I don't take one day for granted anymore, and thank God every day for my good health.

Continued success to you and all PC survivors.

Diagnosed: March 25, 2007. Age 49
Biopsy: Gleason 6. Five of twelve 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. T2c
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: Great-great grandfather died from PC. My Father had his prostate removed at age 67 in 1997 and has had an undetectable PSA ever since. I was diagnosed at a much earlier age and had a more agressive cancer than my father. Go figure.

Tony Crispino
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Date Joined Dec 2006
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   Posted 2/1/2008 8:36 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Mika,
Thank you for the support you give here. And congrats on the process you have endured. Stay low, my friend. And God Bless you!

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.
Visit my journey at:

Regular Member

Date Joined Feb 2008
Total Posts : 308
   Posted 2/1/2008 4:38 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Mika,

Great news, keep it coming. I am new to our little neighborhood and as I wait my surgery it fills my heart with Joy to hear good news like yours.

God Bless

Diagnosed 01-08-08
Age 53
2004 PSA 8 biopsy negative
2008 PSA 6 biopsy positive 1 in 3
Gleason 3+3 = 6
Bone Scan negative
Wet CT negative
Robotic Scheduled Feb 25th, 08
Diagnosed 01-08-08
Age 53
2004 PSA 8 biopsy negative
2008 PSA 6 biopsy positive 1 in 3
Gleason 3+3 = 6
Bone Scan negative
Wet CT negative
Robotic Scheduled Feb 25th, 08

Doting Daughter
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Date Joined Aug 2007
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   Posted 2/1/2008 8:04 PM (GMT -6)   
Congrats Mika! Enjoy that little grandson of yours! It does go fast after the surgery. Since my dad's surgery the end of August, I had a son, and it's hard to believe he is almost 4months old. God does provide blessings when you need them most. Glad you have your little blessing to keep you busy :) Congrats again!
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

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Date Joined May 2006
Total Posts : 2542
   Posted 2/2/2008 11:26 AM (GMT -6)   
tongue Yea!! ~ Mika,
W.O.W…. where has the time gone???  It truly has flown.  It seems like yesterday that
we met Dale & Kay… and then met with you in your office. 
Thank you for allowing us to continue walking with you and Dale.  Looking forward 
to many more anniversaries.
Sharing your weight and sleep apnea concerns added so much to our 
information data…  letting others know it can be done!!!
  confused  Where’s your signature??  
Hugs from Lee & Buddy
Found this and wanted to share with members here!!!

Published: 11/14/2007 / Patient Stories

Prostate Cancer: Mika Elliott



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Date Joined Feb 2007
Total Posts : 213
   Posted 2/2/2008 12:55 PM (GMT -6)   
So happy for you Mika! Every anniversary is a good one! Wait until that one year after surgery rolls around - It's a great feeling!
June 2005 - Age 53 PSA 4.8 at regular physical October 2005 - After several rounds of anti-biotics, PSA 5.2 at Urlogist November 2005 - Biopsy negative July 2006 - PSA 5.9 at regular Physical October 2006 - After several more rounds of anti-biotics PSA 8.1 November 2006 - Second biopsy - Positive December 2006 - Gleason (3+4=7), Tumor T1c, CT Scan and Bone Scan Negative
January 2, 2007 Robotic Prostatectomy, University of Rochester Medical Center - Tumor confined but larger than thought, only one nerve able to be spared. Margins clear. February 2007 - Three to fo ur pads a day, no erection with viagara. April 2007 - First Post-Surgical PSA 0.02. Down to one pad a day.July, 2007 - Six Month Post-op: PSA 0.04 No change in ED. October, 2007 - Nine Month Post-op: PSA back down to 0.02!Almost totally dry! Only slight improvement in ED - Will try injections if not improved by next appointment. January 2008: One Year Post-OP PSA 0.02 still dripping, but improving. Tried 500 dose of MUSE for ED, no luck. Will try 1000.

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