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FLHW(David E)
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Date Joined Nov 2007
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   Posted 3/24/2008 8:59 PM (GMT -6)   
BTW - on March 20th, Wes Witcher, 46 of Marshall, MO lost his battle with PCa.

darn disease took another young one!
Dx'd 2/18/05
PSA 219, bone mets, lymph node involvement
Gleason Score: 7
Current (2-24-08)
PSA: 29
Lupron, Nilandron

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Tony Crispino
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   Posted 3/24/2008 9:40 PM (GMT -6)   
I saw this on your site this morning. Wes is just 6 months older than myself, and it does grab my attention when this disease strikes down a man at a young age. Awareness is key to winning against this monster. Keep up your diligence, David. Tonight I will give prayer to Wes' family. I will do so for the Emerson family as well. God Bless you.

Age 45 (44 when Dx)
Pre-op PSA was 19.8
Surgery on Feb 16, 2007
Post-Op Pathology: Gleason 4+3=7, 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
Current PSA (1/08): <0.1
I will continue HT until May '09. 
Years in Remission (3/23/07): 1
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   Posted 3/24/2008 10:13 PM (GMT -6)   
Kinda puts my incontinance on a back burner. Guess I should quit my whining!!!!!

    PSA 5.7, Biopsy 3 of 12 positive (up to 75%) all on left side of prostate, Gleason 7
    RRP on Oct. 17, 2006 - Nerves on right side saved. All Lab's clear. 
    Cathiter in for 28 days due to complications in healing. Removed Nov. 9, 2006
    First Post op PSA on Dec. 11, 2006  Undetectable 0.00.
    ED workable and usable with Viagra.
    Feb. 20th, 2007 - Feb. 4th, 2008  Cystoscope, Two Collagen injections,Second Opinion Consultation for Incontinance at OU Medical Center, Bio-Feedback training, Chiropractic, Accupuncture  to try to resolve ongoing incontinance (4-6 pads a day)  All PSA's 0.00.
    Feb. 4th, 2008 - Appointment with Original Dr. to discuss options and recomendation for surgical fix for incontinance.
    Feb. 22nd, 2008 - Surgery to install the AMS AdVance Male Sling.

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   Posted 3/24/2008 10:36 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi David,
I read Wes's obituary this evening. 
He gave service to his family, church, and country.  Seems to me he lived a well-balanced life and will be missed by all.
God rest his soul.
We'll keep his loved ones in our thoughts and prayers.

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Total Posts : 234
   Posted 3/25/2008 12:23 AM (GMT -6)   

Hi David,

I am very sorry to hear of another man losing his battle, He will be in my prayers as well as his family. You know everytime I read or hear some one has been diganosed with cancer I am at a point where I get angry. It is so unfair cancer is so sneaky its quietly growing hidden away and doing its destruction. I hate cancer and I hate that it effects so many good people. I truly wish we could take all the money that our government wastes on pork barrel projects and invest it in finding a cure for all cancer. That would not make sense to our government since every american would beneifit from that.

Sorry to rant.

God Bless You & your family

Warm wishes


Rick & Diana
Age 68/ 67@ Dx
6-30-06  PSA 2.54
1-22-07  PSA 4.98
1-26-07  PSA 5.09
Diag: 2-14-07 Gleason 8 Stage T1c PSA 5.09
Bone Scan 3-1-07 Clear
3-6-07 Triple Spinal Fusion (due to old back injury)
Radical retropubic surgery 4-2-07  Post surgery Gleason 9 Stage T3a Positive margins
4-29-07 PSA 0.02
6-9-07   PSA 0.02
7-6-07   PSA 0.03
8-1-07   CT Scan & Chest X-Ray   Clean
 9-26-2007 PSA 0.07
11/1/07 PSA 0.1
11/30/07 PSA 0.12
01/31/2008 PSA 0.3
03/01/2008 PSA 0.3

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Date Joined Jul 2007
Total Posts : 242
   Posted 3/25/2008 6:41 PM (GMT -6)   
What anniea said. My thoughts exactly. Wes will be in my prayers tonight.
Biopsy: Diagnosed March 25, 2007. PSA 3.0. Gleason 6. Five of twelve samples positive with <5% each. No perineural invasion seen.
Surgery: May 21, 2007, Florida Hospital, Orlando,FL
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/Erections Out of pads at five weeks. Ten months post-op I'm fully continent. No problems with having erections. Using Cialis
Post Surgery PSA: Four 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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   Posted 3/25/2008 7:00 PM (GMT -6)   
May he rest in peace.

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

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Date Joined Nov 2007
Total Posts : 64
   Posted 3/26/2008 9:47 PM (GMT -6)   

My prayers to Wes and all others who lost this battle. confused

God bless.



Age: 51
Last PSA before diagnosis: 2.9

Diagnosed: Oct 2007

Gleason: 3+3=6

RALP surgery: Jan 23, 2008 (Dr Costas Lallas @ Thomas Jefferson Hospital in Philadelphia)

1st Post-op appt: Feb 1, 2008 (negative margins, cancer contained within the capsule)

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Date Joined Aug 2007
Total Posts : 67
   Posted 4/2/2008 2:52 PM (GMT -6)   
My prayers go out to Wes and his family. I hope he is now at peace. I too hate this disease which lurks so silently and grows sometimes without us knowing it until it is too late for some of our partners. I pray to God that he will wipe out all cancer and give us another chance to do things right. My prayers are especially with his family. He was too young to die from this. Lifeline

Tim G
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   Posted 4/2/2008 3:02 PM (GMT -6)   
How tragic that this disease has claimed another life.  I hope that current research will yield a vaccine against prostate cancer, so our sons and grandsons will not be victims of this scourge.
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

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Date Joined Apr 2006
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   Posted 4/3/2008 7:13 PM (GMT -6)   
I'm very sorry to hear of Wes' passing; he was too young. I will say a prayer for his family.

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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