Another PSA milestone

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BillyMac
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   Posted 5/6/2008 8:23 PM (GMT -6)   
Whew! What a relief. Less than 0.1 Undetectable again. What a nerve wracking time it is between test and getting the results. I had a bit of a problem with the reporting lab though. Their protocol is to report only to one decimal place i.e. less than 0.1 is undectable. For this particular test I requested my GP ask for a result to two decimal places to establish a base line and for my own information............I know that generally doctors regard anything under 0.1 as undetectable and are not really interested until it goes above this reading. But to my way of thinking .08 is double .04 which is double .02, all below 0.1 but may indicate a trend and that is why I wanted to establish a baseline. Well you would have thought that I had asked them to cut off their right arm......talk about resistance..... "it's not necessary" and "it's meaningless", "what do you want that for" were the general comments. And this is despite the fact that the actual results are an ultrasensitve result. With persistance I finally got the result the way I wanted it ( and the actual reading the PSA test delivered).......less than .001 undetectable. Why do a lot of health professionals treat you as a collection of symptoms and illnesses rather than having a regard for the person behind the illness. I have struck this disconnection more than once on my journey.
Bill
1/05 PSA----2.9 3/06-----3.2 3/07-------4.1 5/07------3.9 All negative DREs
Aged 59 when diagnosed
Biopsy 6/07----4 of 10 cores positive for Adenocarcinoma-------bummer!
Core 1 <5%, core 2----50%, core 3----60%, core 4----50%
Biopsy Pathologist's comment:
Gleason 4+3=7 (80% grade 4) Stage T2c
Neither extracapsular nor perineural invasion is identified
CT scan and Bone scan show no evidence of metastases
Da Vinci RP Aug 10th 2007
Post-op pathology:
Positive for perineural invasion and 1 small focal extension
Negative at surgical margins, negative node and negative vesicle involvement
Some 4+4=8 identified ........upgraded to Gleason 8
PSA Oct 07 <0.1 undetectable
PSA Jan 08 <0.1 undetectable
PSA April 08 <0.1 undetectable


DanmanBob
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Date Joined Feb 2008
Total Posts : 467
   Posted 5/6/2008 8:28 PM (GMT -6)   
Great going, Bill!
 
Very pleased to learn of your wonderful news.
 
DanMan
Danman Bob, Born 1951
Nerve-sparing, open prostate surgery November 13, 2007
Gleason score 9, PSA 14; Biopsy result - 9 of 12 sticks showed cancer
Post-op pathology stated that cancer was confined to the prostate
Unrelated surgery January 2008 delayed incontinence recovery, which is now showing good signs of improvement (fraction of a pad a day as of late April 2008)
100 MG Viagra 3 times a week beginning December 2007
Osbon Erec-Aid Esteem manual pump for therapy beginning mid-February 2008
30 MG papaverine/1 MG phentolamine bimix injections beginning late April 2008
Five week post-op PSA 0.2, five month post-op PSA 0.1, next test August 2008


lawink
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   Posted 5/6/2008 8:31 PM (GMT -6)   
Wonderful news Bill - sure feels good doesn't it? Wishing you a lifetime of ZEROOOOOO's
;o) Linda & Bob
Bob (62) - Laproscopic Prostate Removal Sept 27, 2006 at age 60.
2 of 12 malignant biopsy samples - gleason 3 + 3 = 6.
Pathology - Gleeson 3 + 4; stage T2; cancer completely contained, even a second more aggressive, previously undetected cancer) PSA UNDETECTABLE Nov 2006; Feb, May, Oct 2007; May 2008.  WHOOO HOOOO! 
Bob also has two secondary conditions -- Polycythemia (elevated red & white cells & platelets) and . . Myelofibrosis) -- If anyone has experience with or information on these, please email us.


James C.
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   Posted 5/6/2008 8:39 PM (GMT -6)   

Great news. Hoping for a lifetime of zero's

 


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
1/14/08  Caverject started/stopped, aching.  2/24/08 .5ml Bimix started-success
3/24/08   ED- 6 mts.-Viagra, pump, no response- Bimix continues
Post-surgery PSA's:  3 mt:0, 6 mt:0,


positivelife
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Total Posts : 42
   Posted 5/7/2008 6:15 AM (GMT -6)   
BillyMac
Wonderful news. It is a shame that we all have to push these doctors to get any results. They have absolutely no idea what the psa results mean to us. All the best for a lifetime of zero results..
Dx Age 48 Nov 07
PRE OP
Psa 4.5, Biopsy 2/8 cores positive Gleason 3+3
No perineural or lymphovascular invasion in the biopsy specimen.
Rushed to Robotic surgery Jan 08

POST OP
Geason 3+3 ,10% both lobes, There is perineurial invasion
No extraprostatic spread seen , Seminal vesicles normal,Nerves spared
Cancer close to apex but margins clear T2c NXMX
Incontinence bad but in April 08- suddenly down to 1 pad
ED - started cialis once every 2 or 3 days from April but no improvement
1st post op Psa <.1 (May 08)


KrisP
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   Posted 5/7/2008 6:39 AM (GMT -6)   
BillyMac

Hi BillyMac,

Great going and wish you a lifetime of zero's. Can't wait for my zero's

Kris


Biopsy done 3/2008
Pathology report: Gleason 6 (3+3), involving left lobe
DRE=15gm with indurated left base and mid prostate
Cores positive: left base medial, left base lateral, left mid medial and left mid lateral (4 of 12)
Clinical stage t2b.
Prostate Carcinorna 185
DaVinci Surgery on 4/21/2008 in Austin by Dr Randy Fagin.
Pathologist report upgraded to a Gleason 7 (3+4)
Clinical stage upgraded also to a T3a
Margins Clear


norskie
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Date Joined Jan 2007
Total Posts : 376
   Posted 5/7/2008 8:25 AM (GMT -6)   
BillyMac

Wonderful news and keep those big goose eggs coming.

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 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.


VaFan
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Total Posts : 203
   Posted 5/7/2008 9:03 AM (GMT -6)   

Congratulations!!

Also now we know what to ask for when we go for our lst test on the 27th!

Our Best to you

Cindy


Age 51 Kent Cindy 49
January 08 PSA 5.2 round of antibiotics went to 4.3
February 08 another 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. Only took 1 1/2 hours. In recovery 1 hour.  Both nerves were spared.
Home 4-11 - incision looks completly healed on the outside by 4-25
Cath out 4-22 dripping some
5-3 Still incontinence with sneezing or coughing but not too bad
Cialis 5 mg at night to start.Stopped Cialis after taking for 3 days as it caused rawness with bm. Will start back in a week or so to see how it goes
 


JCL
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Date Joined Jul 2007
Total Posts : 242
   Posted 5/7/2008 10:53 AM (GMT -6)   
Congratulations! Definitely a great cause for celebration. I'll be taking my one-year post surgery PSA in three weeks.
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.
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.


Tim G
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   Posted 5/7/2008 10:55 AM (GMT -6)   
Three cheers for those zeroes, Bill! \0/ \0/ \0/
Age 59  PSA quadrupled in 1 yr (0.6 to 2.5) 
DRE neg  1 of 12 biopsies pos (5%) 
Open surgery June 2006 
Cancer confined to prostate (1 pea-sized area) 
T2a  Gleason 5 (3+2)  PSA < 0.1  


Frank1205
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Date Joined Feb 2008
Total Posts : 308
   Posted 5/7/2008 2:22 PM (GMT -6)   
Bill,

Thats just great news. Keep it going. Hey, I hope you are a trend setter!!!!.

I just had my first PSA since surgery, I will learn today or on Friday. If its low my life goes this way if above .1 or so my life goes this way. If I dont need radiation I am going to buy a new fishin boooaaaat!.

Frank
Diagnosed 01-08-08 @ 53 years old 
DRE normal - High PSA for 5 or more years
2004 Biospy negative - 2008 Biopsy positive (01-08-08)
10 cores, 1 positive and at 1% of that one core
Current PSA 6 - Bone and Ct scans negative
clinicalg Staged at T1C - Gleason 3+3 = 6
Robotic Da Vinci performed March 27th, 2008
University of Chicago,5 hour surgery , 3 hour recovery
Unexpected Cardiac issues appear and disappear?
Hospital stay 30 hours - Catheter out in 7 days  normaly expected leakage - Erectile funtion back on line 9 days 
Post Pathology T2C, Gleason 7, 10 % of both portions of prostate, Seminal vessels clear, fat tissue clear,Tumor on bottom of prostate, 1 positve margin  going to meet with oncologist to discuss treatment options if any at this time.
 


livinadream
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Total Posts : 1382
   Posted 5/7/2008 6:49 PM (GMT -6)   
Way to go, and yes the waiting for the results can be a bit anxious at times. I go back to the hospital May 25th for scans and bloodwork, I to pray for great results and plan to get them

peace and love
Dale
My PSA at diagnosis was 16.3
age 46 (current)
My gleason score from prostate was 4+5=9 and from the lymph nodes was 4+4=8
I had 44 IMRT's
Casodex
Currently on Lupron
I go to The Cancer Treatment Center of America
Married with two kids
 


mvesr
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   Posted 5/7/2008 8:05 PM (GMT -6)   
Bill. Great to hear about the zero. Hope you have many more.

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
 

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