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   Posted 2/1/2008 4:35 PM (GMT -6)   
Well, what did Ronald Reagan say, "well there you go again".
Oncologist just called (I love his personal touch) and, well like Tony would say........ Here it is!
PSA up 18% from last month. Up to 8.23. Skipped the sevens. We will start Prednisone tomorrow for 30 days.
Hey, it is still all good. God is good. I'm going to sing my fany off tonight at church with the band and do some praising.
Love to all and as usual ...................WAR EAGLE!!!!!!!!
Age: 54
PSA 43 7/2005
Biopsy 12/14 Gleason 7 & 9
Divinci 9/2005 - spread to bladder
HT - 10/2005 (Eligard every 6 months)
RT - 10/2005 (38 treatments)
PSA 0.12 to 1.9 2/2007
Bone Scan and CT 4/2007 Bone mets
Casodex 4/2007
Zometa infusions 4/2007
PSA 4.8 8/2007
PSA 6.34 12/2007
Radiation (15 treatments) started on bone mets 12/2007
PSA 6.72 1/2008
PSA 8.23 2/2008 - Starting prednisone for 30 days
"I will persist without exception - I will find a way where there is no way"

Tony Crispino
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   Posted 2/1/2008 4:46 PM (GMT -6)   
And as my good friend Walt would say "Time to get the prayer brigade going."

Walt I thank you so much for you friendship. Your great humor. Your positive mindset. It was nice talking with you earlier this week as well. Ruthie and I will be behind you every day with our prayers and friendship.

Keep your head up, buddy.

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 2/1/2008 5:11 PM (GMT -6)   

You are in my prayers and keep the great attitude, it's what keeps us all going. Sing tonight until the rafters shake and awake the country side.

Stay up we are with you
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 4+3=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 & 2nd Post PSA Blood Test .1 and less - Undetectable
3nd Post PSA Blood Test 01-17-07 .3-Next action awaits me.
Next PSA Scheduled and meeting with Radiologist set for 3-27-08
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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Date Joined Jul 2007
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   Posted 2/1/2008 5:14 PM (GMT -6)   
You are in my prayers, Walt.
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.

James C.
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   Posted 2/1/2008 5:15 PM (GMT -6)   
Darn... hoping and praying for the best for you, guy....

Tim G
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   Posted 2/1/2008 5:29 PM (GMT -6)   

Walt--You are an inspiration and an encouragement to all of us on this forum.   I am sorry to read that your PSA is up.  You remain in my prayers. 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%) Open surgery June 2006  Cancer confined to one small area of the prostate Gleason 5 Post-op PSA's non-detectable

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   Posted 2/1/2008 6:10 PM (GMT -6)   
War Eagle Walt, (you know that's how I think of you)

We're standing with you in this and hope for the best outcome.

Sing your heart know, if I listen hard enough I bet I can hear you!

Thinking of you,
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

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   Posted 2/1/2008 7:30 PM (GMT -6)   

What a fantastic attitude! Despite what you guys have written about me, I'm nowhere as positive as you. You are truly an inspiration to me and I know you're going to beat this thing. We're all pulling for you and even...and even...praying.

1/2005 Dx PSA 26.5 Gleason 7 (4+3) @Age 61
1/2005 Start Casodex and Zoladex
7/2005-8/2005 5 weeks of IMRT and then HDR brachy
1/2007 Rad Oncologist orders CT scan of pelvis
because of complaints of pain in both thighs
MRI confirms pain not caused by cancer BUT
1/2007 CT scan of pelvis picks up a nodule at bottom of left lung
5/2007 CT scan of lungs shows 1/2007 nodule has grown and
there are numerous nodules on both lungs.
6/2007 Thoracic surgeon removes wedge of left lung for biopsy
6/2007 Path report says 95% chance of metastatic PCa, but she's
never seen cells like this before.
7/2007 2nd opinion at M.D. Anderson in Houston.
They confirm: mutated PCa, very rare, but seen there 2 or
3 times. Recommendation: have CT scans every 6 weeks
and watch for change. At that point start chemo and will
survive for 22 - 24 months thereafter.

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Date Joined Mar 2007
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   Posted 2/1/2008 7:52 PM (GMT -6)   

WarEagle, This GA Bulldog will keep you in my prayers.  Love your attitude.  I couldn't have made it through all of this so far without my church family, and yes Gordy prayer works.

I have a friend who has a rare cancer that was given 3 years, 10 years ago. Has had chemo, surgery, clinical trials off and on.  You should hear him give his testimony about the trials his family has gone through and he still keeps his faith and praise for God.

His sister in law was killed in a freak accident when a run away big truck struck a building in which she was in a tanning bed.  He has triplets, one has MS, one has epilepsy and still he is the most positive man that I know.

And through all of this still coaching as a head football coach at a high school.

I am in awe of him.


diagnosed sept 06
gleason 3+4=7, right lobe only
psa 4.7  (psa rose 1 point per year for 3 years, urologist said still under 4 and no concern.  If I can find out about PSA velocity, why didn't he know!)
Told not to have surgery at Dana Farber as cancer had already penetrated prostate, in seminal vesicles, would have positive margins. Would only treat with radiation and HT
RP Emory Atlanta December 2006
Path-negative margins, negative lymph nodes
negative seminal vesicles, multifocal perineural invasion, both lobes involved
40% gland involved
gleason 3+4=7
Fully continent 2 weeks post catheter removal
1st psa April 2007-<0.04
 6 Mos PSA <0.04
9 mos PSA still <0.04
12 mos PSA still <0.04

Doting Daughter
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   Posted 2/1/2008 8:01 PM (GMT -6)   
I always enjoy your posts, however, I wish that this one could have been to share better news. With that being said....fight on and give it all you got at church tonight! We will be sending our prayers in your direction too! We too are on the Walt Wagon :)
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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   Posted 2/1/2008 9:33 PM (GMT -6)   


When I get down about my continuing incontinence, I look for one of your posts.  I want to say, "How do you stay so positive?"  But of course I know how:  Through Christ Jesus.  What a messenger for Him you are.  Bless you and yes I am praying for you too, brother.


Age: 64
07/05 - Biopsy: Suspicious looking cells. 
12/27/06 - Biopsy
1/24/07 - Dignosed cancer: Gleason Grade: 3+3=6
02-14-07 Radical Open Nerve-sparing surgery
Pathology Stage of cancer: T2c
4-18-07: First Post-Op psa = 0.011
05/31/07: Cystoscope reveals "Stricture"
06/12/07: Procedure to remove stone & dilate uretha at stricture: Successful procedure..
8/31/07: Back to new urologist for regular check up & received 2nd post-op Psa.  It was 0.05
8/31/07:  First Bio Feedback session.
9/19/07: Finished 4 Bio Feedback sessions.  No imporovement with leaking. 
9/26/07 - Started injections 
10/27-07 - Began using clamp at uro's encouragement.
02/01/08 - Still leaking & cannot contain urine in bladder except when sitting or laying down.  Can hold it for abut one minute before drip, drip, drip.
02/28/08 - See Uro. Will discuss artificial sphincter 

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   Posted 2/1/2008 10:28 PM (GMT -6)   
Walt - Bob & I are both pulling for you. If attitude is everything, you've got it made!
;o) Linda & Bob
Bob (61) - Laproscopic Prostate Removal Sept 27, 2006.
2 of 12 malignant biopsy samples - gleason 3 + 3 = 6.
Pathology - cancer completely contained, even a second more aggressive, previously undetected cancer)
PSA UNDETECTABLE Nov 2006, Feb, May, Oct2007.  ONE YEAR!!!! WHOOO HOOOO! 

Bob also has two secondary conditions -- Polycythemia (elevated red & white cells & platelets) and . . Myelofibrosis) -- If anyone has experience with or information on these, please email us.

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Date Joined Apr 2007
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   Posted 2/1/2008 10:44 PM (GMT -6)   
Dear Walt. You are not in this fight alone. We are all with you.


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   Posted 2/1/2008 11:33 PM (GMT -6)   
Hey Walt,

Your great attitude is serving you well and its pulling the rest of us along too. Best of luck...

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."

Cedar Chopper
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   Posted 2/2/2008 6:42 AM (GMT -6)   

I'm not certain in what key one harmonizes with an aerie of soaring eagles such as you and your friends,
      - but from my past as a Scoutmaster - here goes:

"...first the Star and then the Life will on your Eagle shine,

keep shining!"


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   Posted 2/2/2008 9:06 AM (GMT -6)   

I can not express properly how I feel when I read your posts. Love conquers all. Amen. Last night was special. Rehearsal was wierd. Nothing when right. Then at 6:45PM we prayered, hit the stage, the lights came up and God took over. It was as good as it gets. We sing on Friday nights for Celebrate Recovery. A ministry of those fighting al kinds of challenges in their lives. To see those people, so deep in their own fight praise God, inspires me.

Cedar, my favorite is Isaiah 40:31. I wish it was put to music.

Les, yes brother praying is what we all need to do, for all of us. I'm still praying for you, every day.

Tony, you are very special to Johnnie and me. Love ya brother and give Ruthie and big hug from both of us. We rejoice in your great news.

Susan, I can feel ALL of you standing with me. When we stand together we can't lose.

Love to all. It's time to "walk the walk".... "I will persist without exception.............."

War Eagle, baby


Age: 54
PSA 43 7/2005
Biopsy 12/14 Gleason 7 & 9
Divinci 9/2005 - spread to bladder
HT - 10/2005 (Eligard every 6 months)
RT - 10/2005 (38 treatments)
PSA 0.12 to 1.9 2/2007
Bone Scan and CT 4/2007 Bone mets
Casodex 4/2007
Zometa infusions 4/2007
PSA 4.8 8/2007
PSA 6.34 12/2007
Radiation (15 treatments) started on bone mets 12/2007
PSA 6.72 1/2008
PSA 8.23 2/2008 - Starting prednisone for 30 days
"I will persist without exception - I will find a way where there is no way"

Mike A
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Date Joined Feb 2007
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   Posted 2/2/2008 1:05 PM (GMT -6)   
The uplifting you feel is from God. The hands you feel on your shoulders are ours. You are an inspiration to us all, and we will all be here for you!
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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Date Joined Oct 2007
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   Posted 2/9/2008 8:09 PM (GMT -6)   


I haven't checked the forum in awhile. I was very sorry to hear your news.  Your attitude is an inspiration to all of us.  God bless you and your family.

Here's a "War Eagle" from a Bamer.












Diagnosed 9/07
Gleason 6  3+3
First PSA 4.1
2nd PSA 3.6
stage T1C
age 46
daVinci performed 11/28/07
@ Univ of Ala Bham (UAB)
Catheter removed 12/12
Final pathology Gleason 6
Surgical margins free of tumor

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   Posted 2/9/2008 9:17 PM (GMT -6)   

Our Walt  & Johnnie,

  ~  WAR  EAGLE   ~ 

Special thoughts of you as we walk together... our hearts reach out in friendship ~


  Though you cannot always see the bird singing, if you listen with your heart,

you can always hear her song. 


   Our hearts hear your songs  


Love from Lee  & Buddy

mama bluebird - Lee & Buddy… from North Carolina


v          We invite you to visit our personal thread:  Click Here:  “Our Journey” ~ Sharing is Caring 

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 :)

FLHW(David E)
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   Posted 2/10/2008 12:59 PM (GMT -6)   
PLease know you are in my prayers. Keep the faith!
Dx'd 2/18/05
PSA 219, bone mets, lymph node involvement
Gleason Score: 7
Current (12-31-07)
PSA: 30
Lupron, Keto_Hydrocortizone, Avodart

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