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Date Joined Feb 2008
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   Posted 2/16/2008 3:53 AM (GMT -6)   
Good Morning.  This is my first post to this forum.  I had my prostrate removed in June 2002 and was diagnosed with a Gleason grade VI score.  Since then my PSA has been less than .001 and I have been doing well.  My last PSA test was June 07.  In addition I have Rheumatoid Arthritis and take Remicade infusions for it.  I have been doing well on that until about 4-5 months ago.  I started noticing more pain than usual.  I wake up at night with pain in my right hip and shoulder.  I believe the pain is from RA however I am aware that my prostrate cancer could return.  I had a positive on one of the cut lines.  I looked through some of the other posts and did not see any indicating that the cancer had returned.  If anyone has experiece with it returning and the symptoms I would appreciate knowing what they are.  The doctor ran tests and will be in touch with me Tuesday or wednesday.  I am hopeful and expect that it is RA and not cancer.  Thank you for any information.

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Date Joined Apr 2006
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   Posted 2/16/2008 7:04 AM (GMT -6)   
Doesn't sound like it Bob.

Tim G
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Date Joined Jul 2006
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   Posted 2/16/2008 9:58 AM (GMT -6)   
As long as your PSA remains non-detectable, you should be cancer-free.
Take care and hang in there...Tim
Age 59 PSA 2.6 PSA velocity quadrupled in 1 yr 
1 of 12 biopsies positive (5%) 
Open surgery June 2006 
Cancer confined to one small area Gleason 5 
PSA's non-detectable

New Member

Date Joined Feb 2008
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   Posted 2/16/2008 10:04 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanks for the response. I didn't think so either, but you never know. You have put my mind at ease.


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Date Joined Oct 2007
Total Posts : 300
   Posted 2/24/2008 9:40 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Bob,
I'm about a month post op(01-29-08). I had one positive margin .3cm at the cut line. I'm glad that you are 5 years out without a problem. I hope I will be that fortunate. My first PSA is in May and I am very worried. I'm hoping it will be okay. I'm sure the first PSA was scary for you.

Age 65
Diagnosed 10/12/07
PSA 6.3
Biopsy 18 core samples, 2 positive <5%
Stage T1a Gleason 6 (3+3)
LRP  1/29/08
Gleason 7 (3+4)
1 positive margin (.3cm)

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Date Joined Feb 2008
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   Posted 2/25/2008 8:58 AM (GMT -6)   

Hello Joe,

I had my prostrate removed 6 years, June 2008.  So far my PSA is less than .01 which is the same as zero.  I had one positive cut line but so far so good.  I hope you do as well.



Age 61, diagnosed in April 2002 after a TURP.  Had a high PSA for 3 years and had three negative biopsies for the three proceeding years.  Cancer was inside the prostrate.

Glleason score 6 T1b (A2)




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