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JCL
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   Posted 3/18/2008 3:56 PM (GMT -7)   
I received my fourth post surgery PSA test results early this evening and am happy, relieved and thankful to report that again it was <0.1. I'm going to go back in June for another test and if the PSA is still undetectable my surgeon is going to have me tested every six months as opposed to three. If it's still undetectable after that then I'll go to yearly testing.

Hard to believe that it was just about a year ago I was diagnosed with PC. What a year it's been. So, right now since I'm continent, can have erections and have an undetectable PSA, I consider my surgery a success as long as I can keep pulling those big fat 0s!

Jack
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.


BillyMac
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   Posted 3/18/2008 4:28 PM (GMT -7)   
Congratulations and may you have many more zeros in your life. :-)
1/05 PSA----2.9 3/06-----3.2 3/07-------4.1 5/07------3.9 All negative DREs
Aged 59 when diagnosed
Biopsy 6/07----4 of 10 cores positive for Adenocarcima-------bummer!
Core 1 <5%, core 2----50%, core 3----60%, core 4----50%
Gleason 4+3=7 (80% grade 4)
Biopsy pathologist's comment......neither extracapsular nor perineural invasion is identified
CT scan and Bone scan show no evidence of metastases
Da Vinci RP 8/07
Post-op pathology:
Positive for perineural invasion and 1 small focal extension
Negative at surgical margins, negative node and negative vesicle involvement
Some 4+4=8 identified ........upgraded to Gleason 8
PSA Oct 07 <0.1 undetectable
PSA Jan 08 <0.1 undetectable


Doting Daughter
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   Posted 3/18/2008 4:30 PM (GMT -7)   
We love zeroes! Congrats!!!!!

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
Lupron beg. Dec 03, 2007 2 yr
Radiation started March 03, 2008 7 weeks 5x a week
2 weeks of radiation down!!!
 
 


biker90
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   Posted 3/18/2008 5:11 PM (GMT -7)   
Hey Jack,

Like Doting said, "we love zeroes!". Congrats and keep em coming. I too just went on 6 month testing this January. Feels good doesn't it. A milestone in recovery and I too am looking forward to yearly testing. Then I will be the same as before cancer. I can't wait!!!

Jim
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."
 


IdahoSurvivor
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   Posted 3/18/2008 5:24 PM (GMT -7)   

Great news Jack!!!! tongue

Nice goose eggs!

I had my 3rd PSA test yesterday myself and I'll find out the results in a few days.

Kind regards,

Barry


"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: http://pca-info.blogspot.com


bluebird
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   Posted 3/18/2008 6:54 PM (GMT -7)   
tongue  WOo-HOo..... Jack... Great News!!!
I'll be back with a proper Woo-Hoo from *bluebird (Lee, Buddy, & Murphy) next week once we get our computer stations set up at our new home... Thanks for staying close.
Continuing to keep you in our thoughts and prayers as we all move forward ~ together...
Hugs from the 3 of Us..
 
3-20-08   Sheeessssssssss  BACK!! yeah

 

tongue   Yea!! Jack & Loved Ones,

 

4th  PSA  !!!~~~>>>  Woo~Hoo <<<~~~!!! undetectable

 

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

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

Enjoy it to the fullest. 

 

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The ultimate “goal”… we all strive for… Thank you for sharing!

It is very important to “all ”of us!  This is a way of positive feedback…

A way of showing others Hope… and a way of Sharing.

 

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Hey ~ Jack,

Thanks for continuing to stay close!

Hugs from Lee & Buddy


mama bluebird - Lee & Buddy… from North Carolina

 

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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

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

Post Edited (bluebird) : 3/20/2008 8:39:06 PM (GMT-6)


mvesr
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   Posted 3/18/2008 6:55 PM (GMT -7)   
Great news Jack. We all love the zero. Hope you have many more.

Mika
age at dx 54 now 55
psa at dx 4.3
got the bad news 1/29/07
open surgery Duke Medical Center 5-29-07
never more than 2 pads
wear one for insurance now
ED still a problem
last PSA undetectable
 


Tim G
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   Posted 3/18/2008 7:41 PM (GMT -7)   
I join in the celebration of your nondetectable PSA, Jack! 
 
Take care...Tim
Age 59  PSA velocity quadrupled in 1 yr (0.6 to 2.6) 
1 of 12 biopsies positive (5%) 
Open surgery June 2006 
Cancer confined to one small area Gleason 5 
PSA's undetectable
 


Swimom
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   Posted 3/18/2008 7:50 PM (GMT -7)   
Fantastic news! God Bless and keep them 0's coming!

Swim
 


myman
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   Posted 3/18/2008 8:52 PM (GMT -7)   
Wonderful! Those are the happy endings we love to hear!

All the best to you,
Susan
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


creed_three
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   Posted 3/19/2008 12:09 AM (GMT -7)   
This is such excellent news JCL. It is really great to hear such wonderful outcomes. Hope you are enjoying every second of every thing! cheers Lana & CJ.
Creed_three (Lana & CJ)
 
Husband CJ aged 50 yrs (49 years at diagnosis and surgery)
PSA (2002) 2.1.  PSA (2006) 3.5.  1 x (5%) core of 12 positive at biopsy. 11 cores negative. Open Radical Prostatectomy with nerve sparing, on Tuesday 17th April 2007 (Sydney, Australia).
Gleeson 3 + 4 = 7.  Cancer confined. 1st PSA 0.01 (June 07) 2nd PSA 0.02 (Oct 07) undetectable. Next PSA March 08.


Tony Crispino
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   Posted 3/19/2008 1:48 AM (GMT -7)   
What great news Jack,
You are doing just great. Here's to the continued zeros... yeah

Tony


KrisP
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   Posted 3/19/2008 2:53 AM (GMT -7)   
Good luck and hope you have many more 0's. I also hope I will be as successful as you. Going to consult with one surgeon tomorrow and another in 2 weeks time.
Keep up the good work and say a prayer for me.
Diagnosed 3/2008 at Age 54; with Prostate Cancer with PSA of 1.9
Biopsy done 3/2008; with Gleason 6
Pathology report - Gleason 6 (3+3), involving left lobe (T2b)
DRE=15gm with indurated left base and mid prostate
Cores positive: left base medial, left base lateral, left mid medial and left mid lateral
Clinical stage t2b.
Prostate Carcinorna 185
Urologist recommended no bone scan or other test is needed at this time.
In process of evaluating all options.


JCL
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   Posted 3/19/2008 4:29 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks to everyone for all your support. I just wish I would have found this site before my surgery.

Kris, you are in my prayers, and you WILL be as successful as I was. Your numbers are very similar to mine and it appears you've caught it early. Good luck and take your time picking a surgeon. You have one shot, make it count. When I met with the surgeon my family physician recommended when my PSA started rising red flags went up within the first five minutes of my consultation with him. The next guy was no better. Finally, the third was a charm and I thank God every day that he directed me to him. We have a wonderful relationship and during my last visit we must have talked for about 20 minutes just about life in general, and what a wonderful gift it is.

Biker Jim and Creed, I don't know if I've ever mentioned this, but I follow your posts and progress closely since you guys had the same post-op pathology results as me. I always figure if you two are doing fine my chances are great for success too. So far, so good.

And Tony, I can't tell you how thrilled I am to know that your are doing great. I marvel at how you seem to fly over the hurdles that are placed in front of you.

Again, thanks to all my brothers and sisters here for your support. We're a special group, and you are all in my prayers.

Jack
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.

Post Edited (JCL) : 3/19/2008 5:37:45 AM (GMT-6)


norskie
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   Posted 3/19/2008 5:51 AM (GMT -7)   
Jack

Great news, may you have a lifetime of 0's.

Norskie
norskie
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.


Frank1205
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Date Joined Feb 2008
Total Posts : 308
   Posted 3/19/2008 7:17 AM (GMT -7)   
Way to Go Jack

Thank you for sharing your success. One week out for the beginning of my journey. Its so good to hear from guys like you.

All the Best
Frank
Frank S.
Age 53
Abmnormal PSA for 5 years>
2004 Biospy negative
2008 Biopsy positive (01-08-08)
10 cores, 1 positive and at 1% of that one core
Highest PSA 10
Lowest PSA   4
Current PSA   6
Bone and Ct scans negative
Staged at T1C
Gleason 3+3 = 6
Robotic Da Vinci scheduled March 27th, 2008
University of Chicago
Dr. Arieh Shalhav
 
Odd and unusual pain in pelvis, legs, hips, back and groin led to my insistance in another Biopsy (2008).  These symptoms have greatly improved after 5 months and all Doc's do not believe that these symptoms have anything to do with my Prostate Cancer.  I am not so convinced. May prove to be the most fortunate pain I have had.


JCL
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Total Posts : 242
   Posted 3/19/2008 3:08 PM (GMT -7)   
Good luck, Frank. You will be in my prayers.

I communicate with another guy who had his surgery done at the University of Chicago a few months ago. Sorry, I don't know the name of the surgeon but the patient is doing very well, and his wife spoke highly of the treatment he received there.
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.

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