A toast to a friend ~ norskie

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Tony Crispino
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   Posted 4/23/2008 7:04 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi norskie,
Wishing you well during your radiation.  By now you probably already have a routine down: drink lotsa water, say hi to the radiation technician, and get well.  Together we are friends through this stupid disease.  The 40's club.  Membership not recommended, but we carry the club card.  Thank you for all you have done for all of us, but now we wish you the very best through salvage radiation.  I remain Hopeful that we, and the many here like us, will be well for many, many years. 
God Bless you. You know my motto.  yeah

Age 45 (44 when Dx)
Pre-op PSA was 19.8
Surgery on Feb 16, 2007 @ The City of Hope
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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Mike A
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Date Joined Feb 2007
Total Posts : 213
   Posted 4/23/2008 8:48 AM (GMT -6)   
Even though I'm graduated from the 40's to the mid 50's club, I'm only too happy to join Tony's toast <Clink>! You'll be in my thought and prayers during your treatment.
June 2005 - Age 53 PSA 4.8 at regular physical October 2005 - After several rounds of anti-biotics, PSA 5.2 at Urlogist November 2005 - Biopsy negative July 2006 - PSA 5.9 at regular Physical October 2006 - After several more rounds of anti-biotics PSA 8.1 November 2006 - Second biopsy - Positive December 2006 - Gleason (3+4=7), Tumor T1c, CT Scan and Bone Scan Negative
January 2, 2007 Robotic Prostatectomy, University of Rochester Medical Center - Tumor confined but larger than thought, only one nerve able to be spared. Margins clear. February 2007 - Three to fo ur pads a day, no erection with viagara. April 2007 - First Post-Surgical PSA 0.02. Down to one pad a day.July, 2007 - Six Month Post-op: PSA 0.04 No change in ED. October, 2007 - Nine Month Post-op: PSA back down to 0.02!Almost totally dry! Only slight improvement in ED - Will try injections if not improved by next appointment. January 2008: One Year Post-OP PSA 0.02 still dripping, but improving. Tried 500 dose of MUSE for ED, no luck. Will try 1000.

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Date Joined Jan 2007
Total Posts : 376
   Posted 4/23/2008 9:50 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks Tony and Mike for the wonderful support. I need to go in and add this new phase to my journal and and report on how things got to where I am at today and how my treatments are going. Tomorrow will mark being one quarter of the way complete already with 9 out of 36 trips complete, time just goes by so fast when you are having fun. So far not much to report other then as you say Tony I have the routine down, so far so good and I continue to feel good. Hopefully this can continue and when the road of this next phase is complete I can get that good ole 0 back. If not I know there are more options and I will fight on and continue to live a life full of activity for many years to come. And to all of my fine new friends here at Healing Well and especially those following this same path of salvage radiation, we can and will suceed even if it takes two or three or more tries at it. As I told my wife I plan on seeing my son turn 40 and as of today he's only 10 so Tony we are not going anywhere soon other than getting to travel and experience the many wonders of this world.

You are all in my prayers
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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Date Joined Feb 2007
Total Posts : 1219
   Posted 4/23/2008 10:07 PM (GMT -6)   
I just want to wish you well on this part of your treatment. It's good you have others who have already been there to give advice & support. I greatly admire you guys who so willingly share your experiences - that's why this forum does so much for so many - wives included!
Your son has a great dad!
All the best 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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Date Joined Jan 2007
Total Posts : 762
   Posted 4/24/2008 2:24 AM (GMT -6)   

Happy birthday to your son! A decade is a wonderful achievement. Yours is a wonderful goal. I think we will follow it too. 30 years sounds really good. You and your family, are in our prayers. 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 17th April 2007 (Sydney, Australia).
Gleeson 3 + 4 = 7.  Cancer confined. 1st PSA 0.01 (June 07) 2nd PSA 0.02 (Oct 07) undetectable. 3rd PSA 0.02 (April 08) undetectable.

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