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James C.
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   Posted 3/26/2008 3:25 PM (GMT -6)   
Well, it's been 6 months and 2 days since surgery, and I was at the doc's today for my 2nd. PSA and checkup.  First, PSA levels were 'undetectable'.. This new guy reports it as that, rather than a number until and unless it hits .10. 
 
I had a good relationship with my other doctor, but he chose to return to Texas, so this was the first with the new guy.
He was impressed that I was continent since a week after the catheter removal, unconcerned that I was still 100% impotent at 6 motnhs.   lol  He says he doesn't expect much before the first year, so anything before that is considered a bonus.  Don't know if I agree with that, but I don't have much chance of proving him wrong, either....lol
 
He was surprised that I was on Bimix.  Said I was the only patient in that group that he knew of that was using it.  Everyone else was on Trimix or Caverject.  The other guy was willing to work with me, as far as suggestions on what I could try, I think this one will be as flexible.  He was impressed with how much I knew about my condition and treatment, including the Scoring and Staging, etc.  I told him I learned all I knew from the HW forum.  He wrote the name down, so maybe he will start mentioning the site to others as they are diagnosed. 
 
Next PSA in 4 months, then if still normal, will move to 6 months for 2 cycles, then 1 year. 
James C. 
 
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Age 60 
4/19/07   PSA 7.6, referred to Urologist, recheck 6.7
7/11/07   Biopsy- 16 core samples, size of gland around 76 cc. Staging pT2c
7/17/07   Path report:  3 of 16 PCa, 5% involved, left lobe , GS 3/3:6. 
9/24/07   (Open) Retropubic Radical Prostatectomy performed 
9/26/07   Post-op Path Report: GS 3+3=6 Staging pT2c, 110gms, margins clear
10/15/07  ED- begin 50mg Viagra and Vacurect pump nightly, Fully continent
11/15/07  1st Post-surgery PSA-0.01
01/14/08  Caverject started/stopped, aching.   .5ml Bimix started-success
 3/24/08   ED- 6 mts.-Viagra, pump, Bimix continues- no response


biker90
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   Posted 3/26/2008 3:35 PM (GMT -6)   
Good news on the checkup James. We love those undetectables...

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."
 


Tony Crispino
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   Posted 3/26/2008 3:43 PM (GMT -6)   

000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000.

Woo~Hoo!

Great News!  James C. is a big Zero. 

I knew you didn't have it in you!!!!

000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000

Great news on the undetectable.  scool

God Bless and Keep 'em coming...

Tony


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
Visit my Journey at:
 
STAY POSITIVE!
 
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DanmanBob
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Date Joined Feb 2008
Total Posts : 467
   Posted 3/26/2008 4:04 PM (GMT -6)   

Great news, James.

Did he say why no other patients in that group use bimix?


Danman Bob
Age 57
Nerve-sparing, open prostate surgery November 13, 2007
Gleason score 9, PSA 14
Biopsy result - 9 of 12 sticks showed cancer
Despite high Gleason score, cancer was confined to the prostate
Possible post-surgery radiation therapy...decision likely in late April 2008, depending upon PSA at that time
Unrelated surgery January 2008 delayed incontinence recovery, which is now showing good signs of improvement (fraction of a pad a day as of March 2008)
Began using Viagra 3 times a week December 2007 to stimulate blood flow
Began using Osbon Erec-Aid Esteem manual pump for therapy mid-February 2008
Will probably begin using bimix injections in addition to Viagra and pump in May 2008


James C.
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   Posted 3/26/2008 4:09 PM (GMT -6)   
Dan, he said that either CAverject or Trimix worked for them, so never had to go onto step 3-Bimix.  He claimed that he didn't have any that complained with Caverject pain and aching, but moved onto Trimix if the Caverject was a failure.  That's excatly the opposite of my experience.  I found that Caverject would make a rope stiff as a board, but you paid the price in pain and aching.  It's possible that there aren't that many patients who need his 'skills'  I gather that most elderly men don't consider loss of erections that big a deal...I'm gonna discuss that in more detail next time.

James C. 
 
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Age 60 
4/19/07   PSA 7.6, referred to Urologist, recheck 6.7
7/11/07   Biopsy- 16 core samples, size of gland around 76 cc. Staging pT2c
7/17/07   Path report:  3 of 16 PCa, 5% involved, left lobe , GS 3/3:6. 
9/24/07   (Open) Retropubic Radical Prostatectomy performed 
9/26/07   Post-op Path Report: GS 3+3=6 Staging pT2c, 110gms, margins clear
10/15/07  ED- begin 50mg Viagra and Vacurect pump nightly, Fully continent
01/14/08  Caverject started/stopped, aching.   .5ml Bimix started-success
 3/24/08   ED- 6 mts.-Viagra, pump, Bimix continues- no response
              Post-surgery PSA's:Nov-0, Mar-0


IdahoSurvivor
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   Posted 3/26/2008 4:18 PM (GMT -6)   

Yay!  Big Goose Eggs for James!!!   tongue  

 

Congratulations!  We’re looking for more zeros to come!

 

Just FYI, James, I met with my surgeon on Monday.  I’m at 7 ½ months and she is not worried at all about some lack of progress on the E.D. topic.  She says that folks often don’t make significant progress until the one year to 18 month time frame.  Of course, this depends on the person and the invasiveness of the surgery.  :-)  

 

I hope that helps.

 

Kind regards,

 

Barry


Barry ~ (a.k.a. "Idaho")

 

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

1st PSA  09/11/2007  <0.04 (undetectable)

2nd PSA 12/10/2007  <0.04

3rd PSA  03/17/2008  <0.04

My web site: http://pca-info.blogspot.com


norskie
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Total Posts : 376
   Posted 3/26/2008 8:25 PM (GMT -6)   
Great news on the Big "0" may you have many many more in the future.

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.


myman
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   Posted 3/26/2008 8:30 PM (GMT -6)   
You've continued to pass the most important test you will ever take - undetectable is a perfect score!
That's the best news we like to here at this forum and we celebrate with 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


Magaboo
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   Posted 3/26/2008 8:49 PM (GMT -6)   
 
Congratulations on your great PSA test result. Wishing for many more of those goose eggs in your future. You're also very fortunate with your early continence. The other part may take a bit more time. Took me the better part of one year to overcome ED with the help of some sildenafil (Viagra). Patience is essential.
Best wishes for your future.
 
Magaboo

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) <.04
PSA test Mar., 08 =.04 
 
 


creed_three
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   Posted 3/26/2008 11:54 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi James,

This is a great result and report! Sounds like you are making a good recovery. Kind regards, 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.


Swimom
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   Posted 3/27/2008 6:02 AM (GMT -6)   
Good news is catching...see all those you infected??? :>)

Stay strong JC


Swim
 


bluebird
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   Posted 4/13/2008 12:00 PM (GMT -6)   
  tongue   Yea!! James & Loved Ones,

 

6th Month PSA  !!!~~~>>>  Woo~Hoo <<<~~~!!! undetectable

 

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

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

Enjoy it to the fullest. 

 

*     *     *     *     *     *

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.

 

J      Caring is Sharing ~  Thank You for Sharing  J

 

Thanks for staying close and continuing to share ‘Your Journey”…

In Friendship ~ Lee & Buddy

 

 

Hey ~ James,

This just about got by me… 

Nice information that you logged in your posting!

Thank you for all you do here on HW.  It’s members like you that continue to keep us moving forward…

Keeping you close in thoughts and prayers as we all move forward on our path.

In Friendship ~ 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 :)


Tim G
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   Posted 4/13/2008 12:19 PM (GMT -6)   
James--Congratulations on your undectectable PSA.  On the ongoing ED,  I'm seeing improvements still at nearly 2 years, but use Quad Mix injections. 
 
Take care and be well...Tim


Age 59  PSA velocity quadrupled in 1 yr (0.6 to 2.5) 
DRE neg  1 of 12 biopsies positive (5%) 
Open surgery June 2006 
Cancer confined to one small area of prostate
Gleason 5  PSA's undetectable
 


Lungman
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Date Joined Jan 2008
Total Posts : 276
   Posted 4/13/2008 3:34 PM (GMT -6)   

Congratulations, I know I sure was relieved to get 0's at 6 months. I wish you many more.

Randy


46 you when diagnosed, now 47
Pre-Op PSA 9.9
1 of 12 cores positive, Gleason 3+3
DaVinci on 9/5/2007
Post-Op Gleason 3+6, Negative Nodes and Margins
Less than 1% of prostate involved with CA
3 Month PSA 0.01, 6 Month PSA 0.01
Incontinence resolved 9/15/2007, one day after cath removal
ED showing significant improvement, more notable over last month
with Viagra 100 mg.
Success with BiMix

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