First PSA after nine weeks of Salvage IMRT

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Date Joined Jul 2007
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   Posted 4/22/2008 1:18 PM (GMT -6)   
Well, I got some good news today, my PSA dropped to 0.03 at the six week mark post IMRT.  From what I have read there is a chance that it might go lower over the next few months and that of course would be a welcomed development.
As far as side effects, they have been few but again the Dr. said you won't know the full impact of the radiation or subsequent side effects for several months. 
Side effects:
Sore rectum with a little bleeding but it is getting better
Slight impact on erections so far but has not negatively impacted sexual performance to this point, I have convinced my wife that excersing this area is essential to a full and lasting recovery, she is happy to contribute
My hips and thighs are sore but the Dr. said that is not radiation related, I suspect Vytorin which I stopped three days ago and the soreness seems to be better, have to wait and see on this one.  I have had trouble with Lipitor and Pravachol in the past.
I would certainly recommend this course of action for anyone with even slightly questionable pathology after surgery, I wish I had done it sooner.  I at least feel I have done everything I can do to attack this problem with the goal of minimizing side effects within reason and I am hopeful that with God's blessing this opponet has been defeated.
Keep the faith and the fight going!
DX 8/05 Gleason 5, Mayo clinic Second Opinion Gleason 6, PSA 2.8
Da Vinci surgery Dr. Dasari, Centennial Nashville 9/24/05
Pathology Report Gleason 6, 15 % on left side only very near to the edge of capsule, too close to call on margins, doc's said to watch it very closely, final decision T2A
PSA's have basically ranged from <.04 to .05 for two years.
no E.D. and no Incontinence, feel very blessed
PSA Nov 07 = .06
PSA Dec 10th 07 =.07
Started Guided IMRT on January 7th, 2008 to treat prostate bed and lymph nodes

Doting Daughter
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   Posted 4/22/2008 2:50 PM (GMT -6)   
Congrats and best wishes!!!

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 8 weeks 5x a week
5 weeks of radiation down!!!

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Date Joined Feb 2007
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   Posted 4/22/2008 3:19 PM (GMT -6)   
That's undetectable and wonderful! You had such good response - it's always good for others to see great results like this!

Continued good health to you,
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

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   Posted 4/22/2008 3:43 PM (GMT -6)   
Great news and good for you for being proactive in your fight. No stone should be left unturned in order to win the battle...

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.
50 mg Viagra + 1000 mg L-Arginine + .03 cc Trimix = Excellent Results
PSAs from  1/3/07 - 1/17/08 0.00. 
Next PSA test on 7/17/08
"Patience is essential, attitude is everything."

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Date Joined Mar 2008
Total Posts : 203
   Posted 4/22/2008 5:12 PM (GMT -6)   
So happy to hear all is going well for you!
Cindy and Kent
Age 51 Kent
January 08 PSA 5.2 round of antibiotics went to 4.3
February 08 anpther round of antibiotics went to 4.2
March 17,08 had biopsy, 2 days later told cancer was on
one entire side of prostate.
Gleason 3+3
Doctor thinks its best to get the whole prostate with Perineal  Prostatectomy.
Surgery scheduled for this Thursday April 10th.
Cindy (the wife!!)
Surgery preformed and doing great. Only took 1 1/2 hours. Will know in two weeks about pathology report. Surgeon feels he he got all cancer and confined to prostate. Both nerves were spared.
Home 4-11
Cath out 4-22 dripping some
Prostate confined to one side of prostate.
Cialis 5 mg at night to start
Outlook very positive!!

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Date Joined May 2006
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   Posted 4/22/2008 8:33 PM (GMT -6)   

  tongue Yea!! Pelahatchie,


~~~>>>  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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Date Joined Jan 2007
Total Posts : 376
   Posted 4/22/2008 9:57 PM (GMT -6)   
Glad to hear you are doing well and the PSA has dropped to .03, I am in my second week of salvage radiation and I hope that I can get to your same great results. Here's hoping for a lifetime of 0's for you.

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 Surgery 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
1st & 2nd Post PSA Blood Test .1 and less - Undetectable
3nd Post PSA Blood Test 01-17-07 .3
March 27th PSA .4 Begin Salvage Radiation April, 14 2008
Incontenence-Pad free since end of May 07 4 1/2 months post surgery 
ED back to 95% prior to surgery - no medication required.

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