Well, one year since surgery!

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Izzyblizzy
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Date Joined Oct 2006
Total Posts : 411
   Posted 4/13/2008 7:16 PM (GMT -6)   
I was just reminded by someone who had apparently done a search on our surgeon, and saw one of our posts here and sent an e-mail to Ken. Ken called him back and gave him our experiences.

We are one year and two days since Ken's surgery, and one year exactly from path report.

Everything is going well for Ken and myself! Looking forward to a huge summer trip. Planning Oregon coast, then up and over to Glacier NP and then over to ND for my all-school reunion (and to see my mother), and then back to Colorado.

Sorry I haven't been around much. But glad I was reminded of our long journey through prostate cancer and how great everyone was here! Also glad that our story reached at least one person who reached out through e-mail.

We have our next appointment in early May for one year PSA and check-up.

I am going to go browse now and see how everyone else is doing. Hopefully well.


Tanya (and Ken)
Age: 63
Diagnosed: 10/30/06
PSA: 3.7 (2005: 3.4, 2004: 4.0)
Biopsy: 1/10 cancerous, 5% of one core, right apex.
Gleason: 3+3=6
Da Vinci: April 10, 2007, Denver CO
Path results: 1% of prostate involved. Very small tumors on both right and left apex. Negative margins, negative seminal vessicles, lymph nodes left intact. Gleason upgraded 3+4=7.
1st PSA Results: May 11, 2007 <.01
 


bluebird
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Date Joined May 2006
Total Posts : 2542
   Posted 4/13/2008 7:53 PM (GMT -6)   

tongue  Hey  ~  Tanya & Ken,

 

You’ve just been HUGGED by  *bluebird

 

( Lee, Buddy & Murphy too! )

 

 

Just wanted you to know!!!  You are a great member here on HealingWell.  Thank you for you!!

Your threads have helped more than 1 and as Jetguy reminded me... when you help that 1 person you help their family....  think about the chain reaction!

You are truly appreciated and I look forward to seeing you in June!!

I'll touch base closer to the time... 

Keeping you close ~ 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 :)


Tony Crispino
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   Posted 4/13/2008 8:40 PM (GMT -6)   

Hi Tanya & Ken.... yeah

Welcome Back!!!!  Great to hear from you guys.  You sound so good and you don't say but the PSA's have been zeroes, right?  We came on at HW pretty close in time, and I was very fortunate to pass 1 year in remission.  If you get a chance stop by my blog.  I always showed a propencity to talk too much and that hasn't changed... tongue .  Have a great trip and very glad to see you, again...

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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biker90
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   Posted 4/13/2008 9:11 PM (GMT -6)   
Hey Tanya,

Welcome back. Nice to see you again.

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."
 
 


2498
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Date Joined Apr 2008
Total Posts : 10
   Posted 4/13/2008 9:21 PM (GMT -6)   
Good job!
age 56, retired UAW/Ford tradesman (30 and out!), Shelby Township, Michigan
11/07 gen'l practitioner thought he felt a little ridge w/ DRE, PSA was 2.8
referred to urologist, biopsy 1/25/08
diagnosed 2/08--6 of 12 showed positive (4+3)
sister reminded me that Dad had had surgery at Johns Hopkins
phoned JH, flew to Baltimore for consult 3/10/08
open surgery 3/25/08 "went perfect"--also fixed hernia at same time
clear margins means (I think) we're sure as we can be the cancer is gone
post-op pathology real good, still 4+3, but seems to have been confined to prostate
catheter out 4/7/08 (Whew!)


mvesr
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   Posted 4/14/2008 7:03 PM (GMT -6)   
Dear Izzyblizzy.

Great news to hear about this one year milestone. Mine is coming up next month. Glad to see you are back with us. Take care.

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
 


GreenAcres
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Date Joined Jul 2006
Total Posts : 474
   Posted 4/15/2008 6:30 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi, Iz - it's great to see you checking in - we'll see you back with that zero PSA test next month, too! Happy traveling for the summer!

Tim G
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   Posted 4/15/2008 9:46 AM (GMT -6)   
Congratulations on your upcoming one-year anniversary, Tanya and Ken!
The trip this summer to celebrate sounds wonderful.  We are from the Pacific Northwest and love the Oregon Coast, where we've vacationed many years. 
 
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
 


Izzyblizzy
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Date Joined Oct 2006
Total Posts : 411
   Posted 4/16/2008 12:52 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanks for all the well wishes everyone :) and good to "see" ya again.

Bluebird, yes, keep in touch ... hopefully can connect in June :)

TC ... congrats on the moderator title :) missed that. But sounds like you are doing well! So great to hear.

Good to see ya biker, tim, green, and mika! Glad to see ya all are still here.

And hi new member as well :)
Age: 63
Diagnosed: 10/30/06
PSA: 3.7 (2005: 3.4, 2004: 4.0)
Biopsy: 1/10 cancerous, 5% of one core, right apex.
Gleason: 3+3=6
Da Vinci: April 10, 2007, Denver CO
Path results: 1% of prostate involved. Very small tumors on both right and left apex. Negative margins, negative seminal vessicles, lymph nodes left intact. Gleason upgraded 3+4=7.
1st PSA Results: May 11, 2007 <.01
 


Izzyblizzy
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Date Joined Oct 2006
Total Posts : 411
   Posted 4/16/2008 3:03 PM (GMT -6)   
Hey Ziggy,

Have to admit I don't exactly know what Targeted Focal Treatment is, but glad to hear you have chosen a treatment :)

I do remember Landess talking about his cancer, etc. but didn't remember what he actually did with it.

Where are they doing it in Denver? Always good to know of new treatment options!
KEN'S Stats
Age: 63
Diagnosed: 10/30/06
PSA: 3.7 (2005: 3.4, 2004: 4.0)
Biopsy: 1/10 cancerous, 5% of one core, right apex.
Gleason: 3+3=6
Da Vinci: April 10, 2007, Denver CO
Path results: 1% of prostate involved. Very small tumors on both right and left apex. Negative margins, negative seminal vessicles, lymph nodes left intact. Gleason upgraded 3+4=7.
Three PSA's since surgery: <.01
Continence:  Stress incontinece through first 6-7 weeks.   Complete continence after about 7 week mark.
Erectile Function:  Long road.  Used Viagra and Cialis shortly after surgery. Added in pump. Then trimix injections at about 10 weeks.  Kind of hit and miss.  Finally starting to restore itself at one-year mark after surgery.


Izzyblizzy
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Date Joined Oct 2006
Total Posts : 411
   Posted 4/16/2008 3:20 PM (GMT -6)   
thanks I saw it and read through.  That is great!  always good to hear of new treatments. 
 
I am going to have Ken bump the thread to the guy who called us, just to make sure he is aware of it as another option in the Denver area.
KEN'S Stats
Age: 63
Diagnosed: 10/30/06
PSA: 3.7 (2005: 3.4, 2004: 4.0)
Biopsy: 1/10 cancerous, 5% of one core, right apex.
Gleason: 3+3=6
Da Vinci: April 10, 2007, Denver CO
Path results: 1% of prostate involved. Very small tumors on both right and left apex. Negative margins, negative seminal vessicles, lymph nodes left intact. Gleason upgraded 3+4=7.
Three PSA's since surgery: <.01
Continence:  Stress incontinece through first 6-7 weeks.   Complete continence after about 7 week mark.
Erectile Function:  Long road.  Used Viagra and Cialis shortly after surgery. Added in pump. Then trimix injections at about 10 weeks.  Kind of hit and miss.  Finally starting to restore itself at one-year mark after surgery.


creed_three
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Date Joined Jan 2007
Total Posts : 762
   Posted 4/18/2008 4:49 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Tanya,

We are right behind you and so glad to hear all is well. It does take a long time to recover from the effects. Glad to hear of the great results. We are similar without the injections, but well all in all I think, and amazing when you think of the benefits of being in good health. Take care and lovely to hear from you. Hello to Ken. we got an undetectable today. Lana
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: 15th April 08.

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