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Date Joined Jun 2007
Total Posts : 789
   Posted 3/3/2008 3:20 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi everyone, well finished the radiation therapy on 24th January, have been away on holidays, starting to feel like my old self again, tiredness, and effects of the radiation, have abated, even spent all day yesterday using my chainsaw, cutting wood for winter, now am waiting for the all important PSA result on the 30th April, bit like a slow torture wondering if it will be ok, but I guess I have to stay positive, but still feel my life is on hold 'till then, what will be will be, in the meantime carrying on as normal as possible.
Regards Mal.
age 67 PSA 5.8 DRE slightly firm Rt
Biopsy 2nd July 07 5 out of 12 positive
Gleason 3+4=7  right side tumour adenocarcinoma stage T2a
RP on 30th July,
Post op Pathology, tumour stage T3a 4+3=7, microcsopic evidence of capsular penetration, seminal vessels, bladder neck, free of tumour, lymph nodes clear, no evidence of metastatic malignancy, tumour does not extend to the apical margins.
Post op PSA 0.5 26th Sept.
PSA 23rd Oct.0.5 seeing Radiation Onocologist 31st Oct.
Started radiation treatment on 5th Dec, to continue until 24 Jan. 08.
Finished treatment, next PSA on 30th April.

Veteran Member

Date Joined Oct 2006
Total Posts : 1211
   Posted 3/3/2008 9:03 PM (GMT -6)   
Glad to hear that you're finished with your radiation treatment and that you're nicely recovering from the side effects. Most of us here know very well what you're going through having to wait for the next PSA test result. I'm due for my 5th 3-monthly test result on 12th of March and have 'butterflies' already. We're all going through this phase, whether we had operations, hormone, radiation or other treatments. That's one of the ugly sides of this disease. All we can do is think positive. I just hope that it will turn out ok for you and for everyone else as well.
Best wishes for your future.

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

Doting Daughter
Veteran Member

Date Joined Aug 2007
Total Posts : 1064
   Posted 3/3/2008 10:48 PM (GMT -6)   
Sending a bunch of big fat OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO's to you! Congrats on being finished with radiation and cheers to a a lifetime full of zeros. We will be thinking of you and wishing you the best!

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

Veteran Member

Date Joined Feb 2007
Total Posts : 1219
   Posted 3/3/2008 10:48 PM (GMT -6)   
It's so hard to wait, it is. So, we'll wait with you!

Positive thoughts Mal,
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
PSA - Undetectable since 6/07/07

Veteran Member

Date Joined Aug 2007
Total Posts : 1015
   Posted 3/3/2008 11:38 PM (GMT -6)   

Hey mal,

You've taken a big step.

'Sending a lot of positive energy you're way!  yeah

May you receive the comfort you need in the interim!

Kind regards,


"Idaho" ~ Barry


Da Vinci Surgery July 31, 2007… 54 on surgery day
PSA 4.3  Gleason 3+3=6  T2a  Confined to Prostate

1st PSA  9/11/2007   <0.04 (undetectable)

2nd PSA 12/10/2007  <0.04

My web site:

Regular Member

Date Joined Jun 2007
Total Posts : 152
   Posted 3/4/2008 5:00 PM (GMT -6)   
Hey Mal's,

I hope you had a relaxing holiday and I look forward to my last day too. Here's to a g00se egg in April!
Age 44
PSA 4.8
Gleason 3+3=6
Biopsy - 3 of 12 (2@20% / 1@80%
Da Vinci 7/31/07 @ Duke
2.5 hr. surgery, released from Duke with in 14 hrs.
Saved both nerve bundles. 
Foley out 8/10/08
Positive Pathology Report 
Near left side nerve bundle
New Gleason 7
Oncology visit in the near future for radiation
Back to work 3 weeks following surgery - Sales
9/13/07 - 1 Post PSA Undetectable less than 0.1 
9/17/07 - Pad Free! 
10/11/07 - ED, Trimix injection .2cc Tooo much but it worked. Now on .05cc, 3 times a week
No luck with viagra or pump. 
11/19/07 - 5 mth. PSA 0.1 (Ouch)
02/11/08 - Scheduled for CT Scan and MRI
2/27/08 - Started IMRT Radiation treatments
(6 weeks, 5 days a week)  

Veteran Member

Date Joined May 2006
Total Posts : 2542
   Posted 3/4/2008 5:11 PM (GMT -6)   
tongue  Hey Mal,

We're here waiting with you!! Glad to know you're starting to feel like your ole self!!  You've had a longer journey than we wanted but we are still traveling this path with you.  Thank you for keeping us up-to-date... and allowing us to continue walking with you.

Hugs 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

4th PSA 2-13-2008 (23 months) Less than 0.1 Non-Detectable :)

Veteran Member

Date Joined Apr 2006
Total Posts : 818
   Posted 3/4/2008 6:07 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Mal,

Glad to hear you've finished your coarse of radiation theropy. Waiting is always the tough part, but I know you'll be just fine. Keep your chin up; think only positive thoughts, and remember we're all here waiting with you.

Good luck, and please be careful with that chainsaw.


Diagnosed at age 60
PSA went from 2.2 to 3.8 in 14 months
2 of 14 cores positive at 10%
Gleason 6(3+3), negative DRE, neg. margins
DaVinci surgery on 02/23/06
Last PSA 02/26/08 @ 24 months "0"

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